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New Balance Minimus Amp (MT1010): Some Recon

Dec 27, 2011 | 4 Comments

Thanks to Bryon Powell and the gang at for the photo- check out their post for even more details on the MT1010.

Here are some teaser details for New Balance’s Minimus Amp, which goes by the MT1010 code:

Due to be released in July with a price tag of about $100,
4mm drop,
More cushioning than the MT10 (first generation Minimus Trail),
Uses same last as the Minimus Trail Zero,
Sockless liner,
Vibram sole

This shoe looks like an intermediate trail shoe that would fit […]

New Balance MR00 Minimus Zero Road Review

Dec 6, 2011 | 10 Comments

The first generation of the Minimus Road sucked.  It felt like the designers spent all their time and innovation on the Minimus Trail, then phoned in the Road design.  It was only marginally better than the Newton Sir Issac I reviewed a few years ago.  They felt bulky and inflexible.

You know when you were a kid and you’d put boxes on your feet and march around the house at Christmas?  That’s a close […]

New Balance MT00 Minimus Trail Zero Review

Dec 4, 2011 | 11 Comments

2012.  This will be the year of the minimalist shoe.  I guarantee it.  Several manufacturers are developing minimalist shoes, which I would define as any shoe that allows you to run with the same form you’d use if barefoot, that satisfy our needs.  Long gone are the days of hacking up a pair of water shoes to retrofit something that would offer a little protection.

So why is 2012 going to be the year of the minimalist shoe?  Because niches […]

New Balance Minimus “Road” Review

Dec 25, 2010 | 4 Comments

The New Balance Minimus Roads are one of three minimalist shoes to be released by New Balance in February or March.  This shoe will be joined by the Trail and Life version in the Minimus line.   I wrote a very comprehensive review of the Trails here.  They are one of the best true minimalist shoes I’ve tried to date.

The Roads are a little more difficult for me to review.  I would not classify […]

New Balance Minimus Roads… a first look

Nov 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

First impression upon seeing shoe: Damn!  This is a thick shoe!

First impression upon trying shoe on: Damn!  This is a thick shoe!

First impression after a four mile trail run (hey, I really dislike road running): Hmmmm… that wasn’t bad at all.  No ground feel, but they allowed for good, natural form.

First impression after wearing all day on my feet at school: They felt pretty good; students thought they looked cool (not sure if that’s a positive or not).  […]

New Balance Minimus Trail Review

Nov 17, 2010 | 13 Comments

New Balance’s new Minimus line has created quite a stir within the barefoot/minimalist shoe running community.  Pictures have leaks.  Sketchy details have surfaced.  Rumors have been rampant. The buzz has reached a fevor pitch.

Finally, some answers… A Minimus Trail review!

I managed to persuade the powers that be to write the first comprehensive review of the elusive Minimus Trails.  Keep in mind, this review is written by a barefoot trail runner for other […]

1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at History in the Making

Oct 18, 2010 | 5 Comments

This last weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the 1st Annual NYC Barefoot Run John Durant, the organizer, asked me to participate as a clinic leader.  I was excited to attend the event, but it fell directly in the middle of a series of planned road trips.

Shelly and I were apprehensive about leaving our children for multiple weekends in succession.  Since school had started, our family time was dramatically reduced.  After mulling […]

New balance Minimus Line… some details

Sep 22, 2010 | No Comments

New balance shared this interview with me. Interesting stuff…

While much of the development of New Balance’s forthcoming NB Minimus footwear line took place inside the Lawrence, Mass., labs, many of the insights that informed the design were gleaned some 1,800 miles to the west, in the hills outside of Boulder, Colo. talked with Senior Designer Chris Wawrousek and Team New Balance ultramarathoner Anton Krupicka, who helped test and develop NB Minimus, about how the pursuit of the ideal […]