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New Balance MR00/WR00 – Our Take

March 26th, 2012

New Balance MR00 Men's Running Shoes

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With just 12mm of material separating you from the tarmac, the New Balance MR/WR00 is flat, flexible and light.
(View Men’s MR00 and Women’s WR00)

Big Features

  • Zero Drop: As the name suggests, the Minimus Road 00 sits on a level platform with a 12mm stack height in the heel and forefoot.
  • Vibram Outsole: Durable Vibram rubber is placed on areas of the outsole that are most likely to see high wear.
  • No-Sew Upper: Great for runners who want to run sockless, the no-sew upper minimizes hot spots where blisters might form.

Road Test

Was the Minimus Road 10 just too much shoe for you? If so, New Balance has your number with the new MR00/WR00. This shoe comes in about 2 oz lighter than the Minimus Road 10 and drops the heel-to-toe ratio so that it’s dead level.

The Minimus Road 00 wraps your heel and midfoot thanks to a form-fitting last shape but gives you space in the forefoot for your toes to splay out during the gait cycle. Most testers liked the fit and feel of the upper, though one female tester commented that she wasn’t a fan of the different mesh material used in the WT00 version of the shoe, which she felt wasn’t as breathable.

Get ready to get seriously in touch with the ground in this shoe. Your feet will be on their own – there’s no noticeable cushioning to speak of. But testers noted that the ride is surprisingly smooth given how little material is strapped on beneath your foot. Flexibility is a hallmark of this shoe – the mid/outsole never gets in your way. The zero drop design actually felt to a few testers like a negative drop design, with the heel sitting below the forefoot. But that’s perception, not reality, and runners used to a zero drop shoe will easily feel at home in the Minimus Road 00.

Runners Say

“The fit is right on, and the foldover tongue design makes me wonder why more shoes in all running categories don’t move to this simpler design.” – Matt

“I thought I ‘got’ the idea of the Minimus collection, but this shoe and the Minimus Trail 00 take the Minimus line in a different direction that’s even more stripped down.” – Lauren

“Love the fit. It just wraps around foot very well. For me, this shoe doesn’t feel like it has any padding. It’s fine on grass but just too minimal on the road. If you want to really feel the road, almost literally, this is your shoe.” – Jonathan

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New Balance MT00/WT00 – Our Take

March 23rd, 2012

New Balance WT00 Women's Running Shoes

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Get the New Balance MT00/WT00 for a near-barefoot running experience without beating the soles of your feet to a pulp on the trail.
(View Men’s MT00 and Women’s WT00)

Big Features

  • Zero Drop: As the name suggests, the Minimus Trail 00 sits on a level platform with a 12mm stack height in the heel and forefoot.
  • Vibram Outsole: Durable Vibram rubber is placed on areas of the outsole that are most likely to see high wear and need a little extra grip.
  • No-Sew Upper: Great for runners who want to run sockless, the no-sew upper minimizes hot spots where blisters might form.

Trail Test

In general, it’s nice to be in touch with nature. But maybe you don’t want to be so in touch that you’re pulling splinters, rocks and other debris from the soles of your feet. Crazy, we know. Trail runners looking for a near-barefoot shoe have a flexible, durable option in the Minimus Trail 00.

The weight of this shoe – a bit over 4 oz for men, a bit under 4 oz for women – is pretty darn impressive. The shoes actually weigh less than the box they come in. Take a second to let that sink in. As expected from such low weights, the Minimus Trail 00 provides all the essentials, without anything extra.

The upper material appears highly durable, especially for how thin it is, though it doesn’t feel or look like the highest quality material out there. The trail ain’t no fashion show runway, right? But still, the mesh material didn’t quite feel like it was working with our feet, particularly in the forefoot, where all testers noticed some undesirable crinkling above the toes.

The Minimus Trail 00 sports the most deconstructed mid/outsole we’ve seen on a running shoe. The knobby lugs spaced a bit apart give your foot freedom to move in every imaginable direction, provide a bit of traction, and will keep your skin safe. But don’t count on any rock protection – every lump and bump on the trail will be transmitted to the sole of your foot.

The Minimus Trail 00 will give you a little protection from the trail without weighing you down or interrupting the natural way your foot wants to move.

Runners Say

“The MT00 gives you a little bit of cushion underfoot thanks to the springy lugs, but basically, your foot is on its own in this shoe.” – Matt

“Comfortable fit on the foot overall, but feels more narrow in midfoot and through the toe box than the WT10.” – Lauren

“The traction was good and the feel was fine on dirt and soft trails, but I got beat up any time I stepped on a rock. Although it did not create any problems, the upper puckered oddly across the forefoot when I cinched up the laces.” – Jonathan

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