New Balance MR00 Men's Running Shoes
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)
- 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.
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.
“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
New Balance MR00
If you’ve had a drool cup sitting next to your computer since we posted the MR00 sneak peak video and WR00 sneak peak video back in September, there’s probably not much else we need to tell you about this highly anticipated shoe, except when you can put it on your foot (sit tight until mid-March).
For the rest of you who have been easing your way into the minimal running experience, here’s a little more information about the Oh-Oh, the Zero-Zero, the Double-Ought, or however else you’d like to pronounce the name. We expect to pronounce it “Big Seller.”
Oh, and if your runs ever take you off the paved path, it’s worth taking a detour to learn more about the Minimus Trail 00, the trail version of New Balance’s zero-drop, near-barefoot experience.
What to Watch For
- Zero Drop: As you may have gathered from the two zeros in the shoe’s name, this shoe’s as level as a Rembrandt at the Louvre. Your foot sits at the same angle it would on flat ground.
- Lightest, Lowest: New Balance road shoes don’t get lighter or lower than this model. We haven’t measured stack heights yet, but weight is expected to come in at 6.4 oz/4.4 oz (Men’s size 9, Women’s size 8). That’s over 1.5 oz lighter than the MR10/WR10 models.
- Feature-Packed Upper: It might sound strange, but this upper combines plenty of features to make the 00 feel like less of a shoe. The no-sew upper uses an integrated tongue design to minimize rubbing on the top of the foot while still allowing a customized fit. A dual-density mesh keeps the shoe breathable, and the precious few welded overlays keep the shoe flexible while providing some necessary structure.
- Very Fine Fit: The Double-Ought’s upper is shaped very similar to the MT110/WT110, which has been getting rave reviews from our staff for fitting snug in the midfoot and heel while giving plenty of room for your forefoot to do its thing in the wide toe box.
- A Little Vibram Goes a Long Way: Strategic Vibram rubber covers the outer heel and areas of the forefoot most likely to come in heavy contact with the ground during your stride.
The MR00 and WR00 will both list for $110 upon launch.
New Balance MR00 (Outsole View)