New Balance Men’s Minimus 10 V1 Trail Running Shoe – Review

New Balance Men’s Minimus 10 V1 Trail Running Shoe – Product characteristics

  • 100% Synthetic
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
  • Acteva midsole
  • 4 mm drop – due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 4 mm drop are approximate
  • 4 mm drop – due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 4 mm drop are approximate

New Balance Men’s Minimus 10 V1 Trail Running Shoe – Reviews

Sizing has dramatically shrunk and narrowed from previous models.

I bought my first Minimus shoes the week they came out, in February 2011. I got size 13, which fit like a glove; they re-started my running life and made me a fan forever of minimalist shoes. Replaced them in 2016 with another pair of size 13 Minimus, also perfect.So this time around I read all the warnings about the shoe running small, so I went up to a 14. They were long enough (maybe even a bit too long) but far too narrow–I could barely walk in them, much less run. So I exchanged them for 14 XW, which are still too narrow for comfort and have not improved with breaking in. So due to NB’s drastic, inexplicable shrinking of its sizes, I’m out $120 and looking for some other brand to replace my perfect but worn-out old Minimus shoes,. A very disappointing and expensive experience.

Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019

Best Shoe Ever!

These are the best trail running street running and everyday wear shoe that has ever been made! I had three pairs of these shoes when they were the MT-10 and they discontinued them and I was truly never able to find another shoe like it. When some extra money comes in I will for sure by more pairs to have ready. this shoes has been upgraded a lot from the first version. personally I have high arch in my foot and they work perfect for me. my wife has flat feet and she loves them as well. photo is showing old MT10 and a new MT10-V11. the waterproof toe cover wraps higher around the toe box2. their colors aren’t so clown like3. the upgrade rubber and elastic bands are a higher qualityand lastly the inside is still supper soft and you do not need socks.although I am a big fan of the brand Darn Tough and wear their socks as not to stink up my favorite shoes!

Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2018

Glad I’m making the transition

If you’ve been running in shoes with a lot of cushion, you need to ease into these over a month or two. If you don’t, you will hurt. Also make sure you order the wider version if you have wider feet. They regular size will squeeze your toes. I had to change to the wider size after running in the regular for 100 miles or so. Really glad I’m putting in the work to move to this shoe for trail running. I’ve had a lot of heel and arch issues running in hokas, altras, and brooks so I needed to make a drastic change. Orthotics, cortisone and other bandaids were not the answer. Running form, foot strength, calf flexibility and foot mobility are.

Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2017

2E not wide enough, but shoes can easily be customized.

I bought these to replace my old New Balance MR10v2 Minimus shoes. Unfortunately the “2E” width for these MT10V1 isn’t as wide as 2E was for my old MR10v2 shoes. The problem is the new horizontal strap that goes over the front of the foot just below the laces. This strap prevents me from widening the shoe by loosening the bottom laces.I “fixed” my shoes simply but cutting this strap, which can easily done with scissors by snipping on either side where the strap attaches to the sole. Now I can properly widen them to fit my feet.

Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2018

Just bought 2nd pair after wearing my first into ground

This is my favorite pair of trail shoes. Just bought my second pair after retiring my first pair after about 750miles (data from my fitbit.) They have a wider toe box than competitive merrells. I would say out of the 750 miles I got out of them: probably 400 were city miles, 200 were hiking miles, and 150 treadmill miles. The treadmill really ate the soles up, probably could have stretched another 150 miles out of them otherwise. Even on 30mile trail days I didn’t get any blisters. Surprisingly sturdy, only began fraying outside of toe box towards last 100 miles of life.Would reccomend and would buy again. Will include “post-mortem” photos of 750 miles of trail life

Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2017

My second pair!

Love the minimus trail series. As I said, this the second pair I’ve owned. I was considering the Merrell Trail Glove but I couldn’t find a store that carried them for me to try on so I went with what I know is a GREAT pair of shoes.Nothing much has changed with the overall design. I did notice the sole’s rubber compound is not as soft as the previous model so it’s not as flexible as the old pair. However, I like this new compound because the old one wore out fast. It also seems a bit more sticky.If you’re looking for minimalist shoes for light trail running or for training at the gym, these come highly recommended.

Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2020

Overall, still great shoes

I still own 2 pairs of the original v1s so I was able to do a genuine comparison.These fit the tiniest bit smaller than the originals – even after taking “break in” into account. I don’t like the attached tongue. The tongue on the v5s tend to slide to the slide so I get why they stitched it to the shoe for these remakes, however what happens as a result is the tiny flaps hanging off on the inside fold and you can feel them, making the top of the shoe uncomfortable, unless you reach in and fix it. It would’ve of been much easier if they just put a tongue holder to run the laces through, per preference v. forcing everyone to deal with the stitched tongue.Otherwise, they’re still great shoes!

Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2017

New Balance Men’s Minimus 10 V1 Trail Running Shoe – FAQ

I need extra wide shoes. men’s mt10v1 trail running shoe it says 2 e is it extra wide?

First, 2E is wide and 4E is extra wide. Second, if you never had a minimus shoe, forget these, they’re no good for you. They are only for people who run on the front of their feet. They have no heel cushioning. If you’re a heel striker like most people, you’re going to hurt yourself. If you want something light, try the M775LT3. Larry from A Perfect Dealer (and the owner of several New Balance shoe stores).

What size is this? Doesn’t list it on the description

It should say the size you are ordering. I ordered a 10.5 and is a 1/2 size up from my previous one. Pretty true to size. My feet have grown and my spine has shrunk.

How are these for kids outdoor/recess shoes? Not needing waterproof, just need his feet not soaked like his other minimal shoes do at recess.

Average for rain protection. No different from other shoes unless they are specifically designed to be waterproof, as these are not.

How do these compare to the original Merrell Trail Glove 1?

These are also wider.

Can these be used in a combat environment such as the Middle East?

I would not recommend the shoes for working or running in sandy environment. Too much sand will enter around the ankles. I run with these on the road, grass, or trails.

What is the heel-to-toe drop on these?

4mm I thought. I think the guy who says “Zero” is on drugs

Can you wear them at work. 6 mile a day at the airport

I would say yes. As previously stated, I would work up to the entire day doing 1-2 hours to start, and add an hour periodically until you get to the full day. I find them to be very comfortable.

what is the difference at the size chart 11.5m vs 11.5w

I’m not sure but these shoes run 1/2 or a size small. I wear 3/4 hard orthotics with them so I like the wide and they’re 91/2 and normally I am a size 81/2. I’ve had several pairs of minimums and these are well made and longer lasting than earlier models.

does this shoe have a rock plate?

Hello, No, these shoes do not have a rock plate.

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