My New Shoes, New Balance Minimus Road
I needed a new pair of running shoes. I know I bought a pair of New Balance MR1226 last August but given that I leave those at work for my lunchtime workouts I’ve been in need of a pair of running shoes for home use. Well, after much debate I picked up a new pair of running shoes yesterday … the New Balance Minimus Road.
The difference between VFF KSO and the New Balance Minimus Road in terms of support is actually quite significant. The VFF KSO have ~3.5 mm of cushion and 0 mm heel-toe drop, you’re essentially running barefoot, which is the point. With that tiny amount of cushioning my feet revolt and decide to throw quite a few blisters at me making it extremely difficult to walk let alone run. Being a heavy runner it’s really important that I don’t anger my already beat up feet.
The Minimus on the other hand have 11.3 mm of cushion in the toe and 15.3 mm of cushion in the heel with a 4 mm heel-toe drop. This allows you a minimal amount of cushion to comfortably run yet not so much that your stride and feel suffer.
To compare the numbers with your typical running shoe you get ~24.5 mm of cushion in the toe and ~37 mm of cushion in the heel leading to a 12.5 mm heel-toe drop. This not only has huge impact on your stride causing you to heel strike but means you don’t feel anything while you run.
Like with my VFF, I decided to run without socks! The inside of the Minimus are nearly seamless … I say nearly because the first thing I felt was the tag on the inside. I know they tried to hard to make it flush but the material is different and I felt it. Not so much that it stopped me from running without socks but it’s annoying.
Sexy legs ahe? Yea, I know hairy too … anyhow.
My first run in the Miniums felt great, amazing actually. I didn’t have any hotspots (like with my VFF), I didn’t have any post run ankle pains (like with my VFF), and after running ~4 miles I felt like I could keep running (unlike with my VFF). The shoes were super light and didn’t feel like I was wearing any which was pretty cool.
About the only thing that wasn’t perfect about my first run with the MInimus was that my achilles area was red and agitated from running sockless. I think I may have to tie the laces a bit tighter the next time I run, I’ll keep you updated. I really enjoyed running without socks so I want to either train my feet into it or figure out the right tension to prevent that agitation.
Another thing I was kinda bummed about … I wasn’t able to get the Minimus in the Red/Black I initially wanted them in. What can I say, it’s my power color … for some reason they didn’t get a drop of the Red in my size. I think the Blue/Yellow will grow on me in time.
A final thing I wanted to register a complaint about, for some reason New Balance isn’t going to be carrying the Minimus Life for Men in my local store (Oak Brook Illinois). I have to ask why not? Come on, are women the only target for this shoe?
After reading this great review of the Minimus Life over at Birthday Shoes I have to think that maybe you got your demographics wrong. To prove you wrong I’d be happy to do a review and giveaway to gauge the response, just toss me a e-mail to set it up