Minimus 10v4 Trail

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The men’s Minimus Trail 10v4 running shoe is ready for rocks, mud and miles. With a sleek fit, slightly more cushioning and a natural fit and feel, it won’t hold you back as you explore the trails in comfort.

Minimus 10v4 Trail

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Minimus 10v4 Trail

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This minimal running shoe for men has a Vibram ® outsole for the traction and control you need as you cover the most technical terrain. Plus, the no-sew overlays on the upper keep the weight down so you can take your speed up. Weather, mud, debris. You can encounter just about anything on the trail. Be ready for it in the Minimus 10v4.
  • 4 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 4 mm drop are approximate
  • Barefoot friendly internal construction
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
  • Vibram® outsole provides maximum surface contact and multi-directional traction. Vibram is a registered trademark of Vibram S.p.A. All rights reserved.
  • NB Minimus is a whole new approach to footwear, a place on the spectrum from barefoot running to the traditional maximum-cushioning running shoe. Inspired by Good Form Running and designed to be worn with or without socks. With only a 4 mm drop* from heel to toe, the NB Minimus collection holds a world of discovery for neutral runners; additionally, Good Form Running teaches methods of improvement for those seeking to conquer gait issues.
  • Trail-ready

    Vibram® outsole
    provides exceptional
    traction and durability

    *Vibram® is a registered trademark of VIBRAM S.p.A.
    All rights reserved.


    No-sew overlays on the upper
    lightweight support


    Natural fit and feel that’s
    barefoot-friendly---no socks

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    Average Rating


    24 Reviews

    63% of reviewers recommend this product

    Size 3 of 5

    Runs Small
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    Fit 3 of 5

    Runs Narrow
    Runs Wide

    Comfort 3 of 5


    Dec 8, 2016

    Most comfortable kicks I've ever worked out in.

    - Philly, PA

    MyNB Silver Member

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    "Very happy with these bad-boys. Super comfy, Fit like a glove (I measure a 9.5" and I have somewhat wide feet... most NB "D" width sneakers fit me very well, whereas other sneakers bought off the shelf at shoe stores (e.g., Pumas, Adidas) usually run too narrow for me.) These aren't very minimal - the sole is thicker than other minimal footwear and the tread is bulkier - but they still manage to be very light and flexible. I understand why they're not very minimal though, since they're meant for trails. I returned a pair of New Balance 200 Trainer Minimals for these. The material on the 200's was very thin but then was thick and "hard" in areas where reinforced stitching was required (it felt like these spots would cause blisters eventually)."

    Oct 15, 2016

    Good shoe

    - Seattle, Wa

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    "These are a good comfortable trail shoe. A little thicker sole than prior models which is ok when stepping on rocks, but I prefer a better feel of the ground. Really good traction in wet weather"

    Sep 29, 2016

    Bring back version 3

    - Columbia Falls, MT

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    "I've had all sorts of versions of this shoe, but version 4 was by far the worst. It only lasted about two months. The version 3 was the best. The sole was grippy and the shoes lasted a year. Not bad considering I hike about 500 to 700 miles a year in the backcountry. PLEASE BRING BACK 3!"

    Sep 16, 2016

    Minimus 10.4 great run

    - Boston

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    "I'm very happy with the Minimus 10.4, both on trails and roads. Great fit (wide) and comfort."

    Sep 7, 2016

    Not quite Minimus

    - York, SC

    "I really like the original minimus trail shoes and had read about the 10V4 and though it is obviously not a minimal shoe I went for it. I do like the shoe, but it definitely has a funky feel to it. You have the great front of the shoe with the minimalist feel of the trail, but not to much. The heel of the shoe is to thick and padded and you cannot really feel the trail. I don't like this difference in how the shoe feels. The traction is great, I had the opportunity to run after a lot of rain recently and these shoes were awesome on the hard packed wet trails. The heel upper seems a little loose fitting too. Unfortunately NB did not set up with the double hole to allow for a d loop. This loose back would be a problem in an OCR race that always have some deep mud waiting to suck a shoe off. If NB will change the heel thickness, tighten the heel cup a bit and put holes in the shoe to allow for the D loop this would be an awesome shoe. Right now it is OK.."

    Aug 20, 2016

    Love all the improvements

    - Fayetteville, AR

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    "The new sole design holds up well on gravel trails. I don't wear socks when I run, and the shoe's inside material is very comfortable. No seem lines to scratch, and annoy me while running. Aside from the initial shock of a powder blue shoe (I waited for the red/black version), the new model is even better than the last - so this shoe remains my everyday shoe, and my ultra-marathon trail shoe."

    Aug 12, 2016

    Wears out fast

    - NYC

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    "Not as good as the old Minimus. Heavier, slower and a thicker sole that wore through in about 100 miles. Also more expensive. I wouldn't be wearing them except I can't find any other minimalist running shoes."

    Jul 18, 2016

    Not as good as the old Minimus

    - Mishawaka, IN

    "I have had three pair of the old minimus MT10v2 WIDE and they were the best minimal running shoes I have ever owned. This version, MT10v4 is a horrible step backwards. It is too narrow (I bought the 2E) and the rubber rim around the toe area is too inflexible and causes blisters. It doesn't seem "minimal" anymore - just not light and flexible in the toe box like the old versions. PLEASE bring back the old MT10v2 WIDE - that was a perfect shoe."

    Jul 7, 2016

    Great shoe!

    - Pontiac, Michigan

    "Great shoe "minimus " gets back on track with v4. . Exactly what I am looking for in a shoe: flat, no support, wide toe box & looks good."

    Jul 7, 2016

    No longer Minimal

    - UK/USA

    "The redesign of this once great shoe is hot garbage. Over the past few years I have trained and raced all of my trail races in the previous versions of the minimus trail shoe with great results. This season's redesign is narrower in the toe box with a confusing seam along the medial great toe, and built up higher which takes away from the minimal feel and decreases overall proprioception. I have tried to pound some miles into these shoes to maybe break them into performing well but to no avail. DO NOT buy this product if you are seeking a minimal design with all of the benefits which used to come with this shoe."

    Jul 1, 2016

    Great looking shoe, but too narrow if you have wide feet, beware of blisters.

    - New York

    "The shoe itself looks great. I love the color and style and I love the minimal, very little-drop feature. I also like that it's larger at the front for your toes. However, the shoe runs quite narrow. I have wide feet. I generally wear other 2E (wide) NB shoes, and they're fine. But this one is very narrow (I bought a 2E version of this shoe). It causes blisters if I run for too long. So if you have wide feet and generally wear 2E NB shoes, beware this may be too narrow for you. The tongue on this shoe is also a bit strange, but you'll get used to it, and it's not a deal breaker. If you don't have wide feet, this shoe will probably be amazing for you."

    Jun 25, 2016

    This is nothing like the original minimus MT10 shoe. This has support and cushioning. It is a disappointment

    - Silver Spring, MD

    "This is a disappointment. I had all of my family using the minimus show and your shoe had quite a following. Stay true to the minimus shoe that you had before. There are runners (and others) who desperately want them. I would never buy this shoe"

    Jun 7, 2016

    No support whatsoever

    - Middletown, CT 06457, USA

    "Pros: Lightest Sneaker/Hiker I have seen. Very good Vibram Sole. Cons: Absolutely NO arch support. I is like you are walking on your bare feet. I advocate a third-party insole. I walked on them for a day, and my plantar/arch hurt very much."

    Jun 2, 2016

    Better than ever

    - London, UK

    "I was a huge fan of version 2 of these shoes and wore out a few pairs. When I got version 3, I thought that New Balance had destroyed something good - they were more stylish, but much more narrow and bulged out slightly around my ankles. Not comfortable at all. The Trail Minimus version 4 is a return to the shoe I loved! The shoe fits better than ever, It feels like there is more protection underfoot and the design is perfect. The new design allows the tongue to sit flat on my foot and is comfortable with or without socks. The only thing I'd ask for are more colorways for the shoe!"

    Jun 2, 2016

    Good shoe, unfortunately less minimal.

    - Texas, USA

    "I've owned the 10v2 and 10v3 and worn both to the ground. These shoes are my daily "everything" shoes. I work in them, run errands all day everyday while the older (prior) pair is kept primarily for running, trekking, exercising so I don't stink up the new pair. I wear them almost every day of the year. The first thing I'd like to highlight is the new 10v4 seem narrower. I have somewhat of a wide foot and wore the 10v3 in a 9D perfectly. So I ordered the same size and noticed they were tight on the sides. I ended up exchanging them for a 9 (2E) and they are roughly as wide as the outgoing model in a regular size. MUCH more comfortable. If I had kept the original ones I would have been disappointed. Second major point, these shoes feel much less minimal than the outgoing ones. So much so that I actually went looking at other brands for the first time. Due to a shrinking market of minimal shoes, I was stuck with these or the Merrell's. I ended up keeping both and will use them to decide who I will go with when it's time to replace. Pro: No breaking in period like the previous version. I remember going through a painful stage in the 10v3's before they broke in and I could use them frequently. The top of these shoes are very comfortable and I like the stretch feeling material across the forefoot. Will they hold tight and take abuse on wood trail, I'm not sure, but I'll find out soon. I do like how they look and my wife has commented positively on the style as well. They are very light. In general, good looks and comfortable. Cons: I'm disappointed NB didn't offer these in black, and the red soles were almost enough to discourage me from buying these shoes (because I wear them to work). The biggest con is the sole. It seems like each year, the sole is getting harder and possibly thicker. I'm not getting any road feel and definitely feel more disconnected from the road than I have with the last two pairs. Although the pegs on the last version wore more quickly, they were excellent for traction and feel. This shoe, in my opinion, is on the threshold of falling out of what I would consider a Minimal shoe. In fact, I would recommend this shoe for someone making their way towards minimal shoes as opposed to someone who is already used to better ground feel and closer contact to the pavement. Overall: Don't get me wrong, it's a nice shoe that looks nice and feels comfortable. But I would advise NB to move back towards the previous minimal versions. I'd be willing to pay slightly more for a better shoe, and currently NB can hold our niche hostage with the right product. I wouldn't pay much more for the ones I purchased, but something closer to the last two I would. If the next edition is any less minimal I will likely discontinue buying the Minimus brand."

    May 18, 2016

    Very nice shoe and very comfortable.

    - Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA

    "The shoe is comfortable to wear and provides good support for a minimus shoe. I wear the shoe for every day activities, I'm not a runner, and would like to have a little wider choice of colors in future models. Otherwise a great shoe."

    May 17, 2016

    On the fence

    - Austin, TX

    "I'm writing this review first and foremost to warn future buyers that this shoe is narrower than the 10v3. Before purchasing I looked at my shoes and saw it was a size 9D. So I ordered the same size. First day wearing them and I can feel tightness on my pinky toes, not the comfortable spread I had on the others. Second important note, the sole definitely feels thicker. Enough so, that I went out to try the Merrell glove's to compare. I've had the NB 10v2 and 10v3 so I'd never thought to try other minimal shoes. I will say that the Glove feels more like the 10v3 than the new iteration I just bought. I'm disappointed in the color scheme as well. I'm a big fan of the black version, and the red on this one is almost too apparent to wear at work, I've been looking for something more subtle. The black also takes longer to look dirty. I use these shoes for everything (hiking, errands, exercise, work, etc). On the plus side, I like the design (look) of the shoes, and the material feels comfortable. I'm going to attempt to exchange these for a 10v4 2E and see if I can regain the open toe box. Hopefully NB will allow the exchange. I REALLY hope NB isn't making the move away from minimalism on this shoe a trend. There are tons of shoes at there with desensitized soles and narrow toe boxes so they should focus on this niche and capitalize on the fact that us minimal folk have limited options. If it needs to be reflected in the price, so be it, but if you continue moving away from the minimal design you will lose customers."

    May 11, 2016

    Version 3 was better

    - Italy

    "I've ran with the V4 for a couple of weeks now, and it is not as nice as the V2 or V3. The tongue is not secured like it was on the 3, so the one side chafes my ankle, causing it to bleed. Also, the laces eyes on the 3 were simply holes (which also help to reduce weight) and on the 4 they are leather loops sewed on. The loop chafes my toe through the material when I run, which also causes discomfort. Also, the shape of the shoe near the bridge is not as tight, which feels different from the minimalist style that I have come to enjoy. Also the color scheme for the V4 is weird. The black and grey on the V2 and V3 was much nicer. The V4 red and charcoal goes well with my running attire, but it won't go well with my normal wardrobe (after I retire the shoes from running). The other color option for the V4 has a white sole. After one run, it'll be a nasty color. The sole of the V4 seems to be the only good upgrade. It seems to be holding up well to the abuse I put them through, and the extra cushion helps when I run on the road. I saw another post that recommended the V3 shoe with the V4 sole. I would definitely buy that shoe! Please do that for the MT10BSV5!"

    May 9, 2016

    Version 3 was better

    - Seattle, WA

    "The MT10BSV3 was a much better product than the V4. The overall fit was better in the V3, as was the cushioning. Also, the V4 the lace loops chafe against my toes when running. Maybe this will go away in time, but the V3 lace loops (simply holes) would never have done this. Also, the color schemes for the V4 are weird. First, the sole should NEVER be white. It will get dirty too easily and look bad. Second, the black and dark grey style in the both the V2 and V3 was much more aesthetically pleasing and matched easier with various running styles (or as regular wear shoes after they had too many miles on them to safely run in). he one interesting feature for the V4s is the sole. Maybe the V4 sole will hold up better to wear and tear, but that remains to be seen. For the MT10V5, recommend using the V3 shoe with a V4 sole (and bring back the black and grey). I've been using the MT10s since the V1, and I've had multiple shoes for each style (I replace shoes every 3 months). I really like the minimalist style and had ran multiple marathons using this shoe. For my style of running, I feel more comfortable with a V2 or V3 shoe."

    May 3, 2016

    tongue of shoe on foot inside is permanently attached to shoe

    - Davenport, IA, USA

    "as a woman i purchased this shoe to obtain more foot width. was disappointed that the part of the tongue is permanently attached to the shoe, thus the inside area where tongue is attached cuts into my ankle as i walk."

    Apr 30, 2016

    fits great, very comfortable

    - Cutchogue, NY, USA

    "I have been utilizing a minimal/barefoot running style for the last 10 years. This shoe represents the nicest option that I found so far. It is comfortable with a nice roomy toe box. The Vibram lug soles provide some nice cushioning but the shoe remains lightweight with good ground feel. I have been a fan of the New Balance Minimus line from the beginning and this is the best model so far."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Feel great

    - New York, NY, USA

    "Use these to play softball and they grip the field as good as any other pair I have bought"

    Mar 31, 2016

    Great improvement over v2 that I've loved for years

    - Boston, MA

    "I’m run trails and obstacle course races for years in a pair of Minimus 10v2. As much as I loved these shoes I love the 10v4 even more. These shoes are a great improvement over the v2. Better looking and just enough additional strength to the sole to really limit the occasional pain from an errant stone in the path."

    Mar 30, 2016

    Excellent update, great shoe

    - Illinois, USA

    "Anyone who likes the 10v3 should love the 10v4. Very comfortable, great fit, light and smooth ride. Great update!"