Minimus HI-REZ

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Feel the ground, not the shoe. The innovative Minimus HI-REZ barefoot-style running shoe has pods of cushioning that flex naturally with your foot. It lets you really connect with the road while the EVA midsole protects you from its bumps.
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Get a more vivid sensation of the ground beneath your feet with the New Balance Minimus HI-REZ. This innovative new barefoot-style running shoe features independent pods of cushioning each of which moves naturally with the foot to deliver amazing flexibility and a true connection to the ground. Its 0mm drop puts you right on the road while its ground contact injection-molded EVA midsole cushioning protects you from it. The Minimus HI-REZ also features a super-comfortable synthetic/mesh upper with FantomFit for lightweight support.
  • 0 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 0 mm drop are approximate
  • Injection-molded EVA foam for firm yet flexible cushioning
  • 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 0mm 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.
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
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    A skeletally engineered upper that provides ultralight support and fit. Created by fusing two thin materials with a no-sew process.

    Minimus HI-REZ features independent pods of cushioning, which move naturally with the foot to deliver unparalleled flexibility and underfoot sensations.

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    Overall Product Rating

    3.0 / 5
    3 Reviews

    33% of reviewers recommend this product

    1 of 3

    Excellent barefoot feel, poor durability

    12/1/14 by | Madison, WI

    • Used Product For: less than 2 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 6-10 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 20+ miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    "First, the positives: this shoe has excellent barefoot feel. Although I first thought the pods would interfere with ground feel or that I would be distracted by always feeling the space between pods, I was pleasantly surprised that the sole (pods and all) felt like one continuous outsole. More importantly, ground feel is outstanding. I disagree with Eric from Philly, who stated he wouldn't use these as road shoes. Outside the major issue I bring up below, any experienced barefoot/minimalist runner would do perfectly fine with these. Finally, they are EXTREMELY lightweight, which is awesome. Now the bad: NOT DURABLE AT ALL! My first run in them (you read that correctly - FIRST run), the pads on the outer pods on both shoes tore off! This was one 10 mile run. 10 miles! Terrible performance and definitely not up to NB's usual standards. In addition, the run was the day after a warmup in temp, with snowmelt leaving the macadam trail wet. Not puddles, mind you, but damp macadam. These shoes immediately sucked the moisture through the footbed and onto my sock and foot. This was not unexpected, however, given the extreme thinness of the footbed. I'm willing to forgive this, with trade off being superior ground feel and lightness. The toe box is definitely narrower than I usually prefer, with some limitation of toe splay. Summary: it has some nice features, but is a useless shoe if it falls apart 10 miles into it's lifespan!"

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    2 of 3


    6/7/14 by | Philadelphia, PA, USA

    • Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
    • Miles with Product: 0-5 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 20+ miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "These shoes were great however I would not recommend to use on a trail or road because it would either hurt your feet because there is no padding and on the road the your knees would take a huge pounding to where you could get runners knee. However I used the shoes on the track they are very light and were able to get me to championships. Also with the shoes I was able to go from running a 5:05 with nike spikes to running a 4:49 mile with them. I also used them a lot with the treadmill. Unfortunately due to the two fabrics that make the sole rub so much together because I place at least 25 miles a week with these shoes that is was able to now after 1 year they are officially retired some of the pads fell as I ran 2 miles on Monday but now I will be purchasing new one so I can use in college."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 4 / 5

    Re-purchase Likelihood Probably Would Not Purchase Again Would Purchase Again

    3 of 3

    Great shoes if they lasted at all

    3/7/14 by | Orlando

    • Used Product For: 6-8 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 0-5 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 0-5 miles
    • Primary Activity: Other

    "I love these shoes however I was severely disappointed in their durability. I'm not even a runner and these needed to be replaced within 6 months."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 4 / 5

    Re-purchase Likelihood Probably Would Not Purchase Again Would Purchase Again