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March 28, 2012

New Balance Minimus Zero Road Review and Giveaway

New Balance was the first major player in the running shoe industry to embrace the minimalist movement - and thanks to their slow-boil marketing campaign (aided at times by this website), their Minimus Road and Trail models were perhaps the highest-profile releases of 2011.

Unfortunately for purists like me, the shoes were just a’ight; they had some compelling features - especially the trail model, with one of the most comfortable upper materials ever – but also some fatal flaws such as a higher stack height than I’d like, and a 4mm heel to toe drop that I wasn’t wild about. From my standpoint, they were more properly categorized as transitional shoes than minimal – but apparently the name “Transitionus” isn’t as sexy as the one they already had.

To their credit, New Balance took all of that feedback and gave both their road and trail models a significant makeover – and I’m happy to report that they’ve addressed pretty much all of the drawbacks from last year’s models. The new versions aren’t entirely perfect, but they’re certainly minimalist in virtually every way that matters. New Balance even refined the name a bit, to Minimus Zero, with the “Zero” part reflecting that they’ve fixed that heel to toe drop that bothered me the first time around.

And now for the big news: four of my readers will have a chance to try a pair for free. I’m picking one male and one female winner to win a pair of New Balance Minimus Zero Roads after this review, and when we get to the Zero Trail review soon, we’ll do the same thing there as well. Yahoo!

New Balance Minimus Zero Road

So let’s get to today’s review, featuring the New Balance Minimus Zero Road shoe. It weighs in at 6.4 oz and has a similar fit and last as 2011’s Minimus Trail, which was definitely the more comfortable of New Balance’s two offerings last year.

New Balance even adopted the same dual-density mesh from last year’s Minimus Trail to this year’s Minimus Zero Road. This upper is extremely comfortable against the skin, breathes very well in warm weather, and sheds water quickly after becoming wet. The toe box is roomy enough for your toes to splay naturally on footstrike, and the length runs true to size.

The upper is most distinctive for its burrito-wrap closure in place of a standard tongue. A few other companies have tried this in the past (such as the Brooks Green Silence), and it typically involves a bit of a tradeoff between comfort and stability.

There’s no question that the burrito style is comfortable, and with one less seam running along the top of your foot, there’s less potential for skin irritation while running sockless. Between the material and the design, the Zero Road has one of the most comfortable uppers I’ve felt on a road shoe.

The downside of this design is that overall stability can be compromised, and in my testing I did note some movement of my foot inside the upper, especially when running at high speed (well … relatively high. You know what I mean.). The Zero Road uses varied fasteners to help customize the fit – standard oval-shaped eyelets on one side, and fabric loops on the other – but even with the laces cinched tightly I had a bit of lateral displacement while running, particularly in the forefoot area.

Another factor in the stability issue is the lack of significant overlays on the upper, which is great for decreasing weight and improving ventilation, but not so good for keeping the foot in place on top of the insole. Overall, the amount of movement wasn’t terrible, but it’s consistent enough and noticeable enough to be worth a caveat here.

As mentioned, most of my movement was in the forefoot; in contrast, the heel region of the Minimus Zero is dialed in for a great fit, with a thinly padded ankle collar and a low profile around the ankle bones. The lining of the heel and the entire interior surface is very comfortable against the skin, and I’ve had no problem at all in going sockless.

Midsole height of the Zero Road is a uniform 10mm from heel to toe, which combines with the outsole for a total standing height of roughly 12mm; this is comparable to Merrell’s Barefoot line, and much lower than Altra’s Instinct (and women’s Intuition) as well as recent releases from SKORA (reviews coming soon). Ground feel is noticeably better with the New Balance than with Merrell, because …

… outsole rubber is used very sparingly, similar to what Vibram does with its Bikila models. The red portions above are EVA foam which runs the length of the shoe, and the white is Vibram rubber. This particular rubber compound is softer than the Vibram outsole on Merrell shoes, so durability may be an issue after a few hundred miles (I currently have about 150 on mine, and there’s no problem yet). The outsole tread is fine for standard road use, but I’ve found that traction is somewhat lacking on slick asphalt, and especially on fire roads or gravel.

The predominance of EVA in the midsole also makes the shoe extremely flexible, as does the entire overall construction. From a natural running standpoint, New Balance has all the boxes checked: light weight, roomy toe box, flat and low platform, and freedom of foot movement in all directions.

Finally, if you’re scoring at home for a comparison between Merrell’s Road Glove and New Balance’s Minimus Zero Road, here’s a quick tale of the tape: the Road Glove is slightly heavier, with a better forefoot fit, and better for hybrid road/trail use; the Minimus Zero Road is lighter, with better ground feel on roads but worse traction overall. Both are very comfortable for extended mileage with or without socks. I tend to reach for the Zero Road when I’m doing a tempo run or other speed work, and the Road Glove when I’m looking to bang out a high-mileage morning while keeping the option of going off-road if the spirit leads me.

The New Balance Minimus Zero Road retails for $109 from TravelCountry.com. However …

… it’s giveaway time! New Balance has agreed to give away one pair of men’s shoes and one pair of women’s shoes to winners chosen randomly from the comments below. We’re doing our “major” contest rules here: you get one entry for any comment in the box, plus another for a link to this post from your blog, and a third for a link from Facebook or Twitter. When you enter, let me know how many entries you get, and please leave URLs so I can verify. Winners will be announced Saturday night, April 7th.

One more ground rule to keep things simple: if you’re a guy, you’re in the contest for the men’s shoes, and if you’re a girl, you’re in the contest for the women’s shoes. In other words, no “I’m entering for my spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend” on this one – you’re entering for YOURSELF. Also, please do me a favor if you have an androgynous name and let me know which contest I should drop you in.

Very big thanks to New Balance for sponsoring this contest, and good luck to everybody!

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Lauren Giannullo,  3/28/12, 8:07 PM  

These look incredible. Would love to win a pair!

Nate 3/28/12, 8:12 PM  

Look like a fantastic shoe

tdomina 3/28/12, 8:20 PM  

Put me in the running for a men's shoe.

TIM 帝木 3/28/12, 8:28 PM  

Hi, thanks for the chance - I would love to have a pair.

r(un)on 3/28/12, 8:29 PM  

great review! hope they come in 13's.

RunningLaur 3/28/12, 8:36 PM  

Another fantastic review. I have a first generation pair of trail minimus that I've loved and are probably on their way out. It'd be great to have a replacement for them! (Women's please.)

Mikey 3/28/12, 8:37 PM  

I love the Minimus trail shoes, wouldn't mind a pair of (men's) road shoes to go with it! Thanks

Puller 3/28/12, 8:45 PM  

please, please please

Mondo 3/28/12, 8:49 PM  

I hope I can win, thanks!

mo 3/28/12, 8:55 PM  

one entry for women's! I love the green color I've seen out there...

Bryan M (TX),  3/28/12, 8:58 PM  

1 entry for the guy's please!

Ironmike 3/28/12, 9:04 PM  

Thanks for the review. Looks like lots of good improvements.

nrmrvrk 3/28/12, 9:10 PM  

I'd love to win a pair of the road zeroes.

Two entries for me please. This one and one on Twitter:


sara 3/28/12, 9:12 PM  

i would love to win a pair! (women's, obviously :) )

Adelyn 3/28/12, 9:16 PM  

Yay, another shoe giveaway :). Girl's contest please! Just one entry for me.

Bill 3/28/12, 9:42 PM  

Put me down as an entry for the Men's shoe...

Chris 3/28/12, 9:42 PM  

The new road shoes look good. In for 1 men's please.

jjames 3/28/12, 9:43 PM  

I'm just doing one entry into the women's contest. I actually tried on a pair of these today...still undecided about what shoe will be best for me, but I guess I have to take a plunge sometime!

Spencer 3/28/12, 10:44 PM  

Wow, I want a pair of men's shoes in a 9.

A 3/29/12, 12:55 AM  

Would love to win a pair of the men's shoes.

I've also shared on twitter (https://twitter.com/andreashedin/statuses/185273237918330880).

Oroig 3/29/12, 1:47 AM  

Wow. just for US?

In case is international, 2 mens in here.
Link: https://twitter.com/#!/oroig/status/185286245109350400

Tobias Holmgaard Stær,  3/29/12, 1:57 AM  

Tuning in from Denmark - Great review as always. I'd love to have a pair to complement my Bikila's and Ecco biom's. Please put me in for the men's version.

jonnyb 3/29/12, 2:23 AM  

I just got into the runamocs again (dash this time)--I wonder which I would wear if I had the option. 1 point for me, please. Thanks!

jonnyb 3/29/12, 2:23 AM  

I just got into the runamocs again (dash this time)--I wonder which I would wear if I had the option. 1 point for me, please. Thanks!

TheRunningNobody 3/29/12, 3:19 AM  

Nice !

Two entries for me please !

twitter : https://twitter.com/#!/D_MACDO/status/185309619135066115

Rakicy 3/29/12, 3:24 AM  

Would love to give these a try!

One entry for the men's give away.

Anonymous,  3/29/12, 3:26 AM  

One entry for men's shoes please!

Adam 3/29/12, 3:32 AM  

Yup I've been wanting a pair of these since....well last night! So this is pretty perfectly timed. Count me in for 1 entry

Jen Small 3/29/12, 4:02 AM  

Beautiful!! I always love reading your reviews too, very thorough.
I would LOVE a pair of these :)

I am female (just to clear up any confusion)

1 entry (comment)

2nd entry (linked on my blog)

3rd entry-tweeted!

Brian 3/29/12, 4:12 AM  

Nice review. Lots of interesting new road shoes to try this year.

JAB 3/29/12, 4:21 AM  

They look much better than the first version, which I was disappointed with. Keep up the good work.

Emily 3/29/12, 4:23 AM  

1 for me! Female! :)

JoshP,  3/29/12, 4:34 AM  

Nice review. 1 for me, male

Josh M (Texas),  3/29/12, 4:46 AM  

I would love a pair of these shoes. (Men's)

delocd,  3/29/12, 4:57 AM  

Looks like a great road shoe.

Tristan 3/29/12, 5:03 AM  

I love the Minimus Trail from last year, and these look great as well!

I'll go for 3 Men's entrys.

Twitter Link
Blog Link

Eddie 3/29/12, 5:08 AM  

Count me in for a chance to win.

Zbyszek 3/29/12, 5:11 AM  

Another nice review:-)

1 entry (comment)

2nd entry (twitter)

emwins 3/29/12, 5:17 AM  

Nice review. I've been in the Nike Free's since they've been out, but would like to move towards these.

2 entries. Twitter @emwins65

surjeet 3/29/12, 5:21 AM  

nice review! would love to try them!

Jayne 3/29/12, 5:23 AM  

Nice review, I'd like to win a pair.

2 women entries please:
Commented here, and tweeted (@RunJayne)

The Pink Bunny 3/29/12, 5:30 AM  

hey, great review as always. 2 entries for me (mens shoes) here is a link to my blog (which you can only access by invite, and I did invite you)


Ford4x460 3/29/12, 5:39 AM  

Wow Red and Bright. I would still love to try them.
1 Male Thank You.

wes 3/29/12, 5:44 AM  

Count me in :)

Jason B.,  3/29/12, 5:46 AM  

I have the older Minimus Road and Trails, and I'd love to win a pair of these to try out!

Jeff Lisson 3/29/12, 5:49 AM  

Great review. Mark me down for one men's entry. Thanks!

Hoby 3/29/12, 5:51 AM  

Have the trail zero and they are great, count me in for one men's entry.

*~*~* Tracy 3/29/12, 5:54 AM  

3 entries for me please!
Facebook and Twitter (tracyrunning)
My blog
and this comment

and I'm a chick, with an adrogynous name, with the masculine spelling (thanks, ma!)

Joe M 3/29/12, 5:57 AM  

One entry for the Men's shoes please! :)

Harold Shaw 3/29/12, 5:59 AM  

I am running trails in the MT110 and really like it. It would be great to see how the Zero's work on the roads for me. Yeh I am a guy :-)

Joseph L 3/29/12, 6:04 AM  

I think these are some of the best looking shoes out there right now too. Men's contest.

Rob 3/29/12, 6:04 AM  

Men's size 11 please.

2 entries


Jay Fast 3/29/12, 6:06 AM  

Two entries for the men's shoes. Thanks!

Chris 3/29/12, 6:06 AM  

Two entries for the Men's shoes please.


Casey 3/29/12, 6:08 AM  

A dude...totally in to win.

baby olive 3/29/12, 6:09 AM  
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baby olive 3/29/12, 6:10 AM  

They look great. I would love to try a pair for men!

Go Gators 3/29/12, 6:12 AM  

One entry for the men's shoes.

David 3/29/12, 6:15 AM  

One entry for a man!

Scotty M,  3/29/12, 6:19 AM  

Would like some new lightweight shoes, put me in for 2 entries please. I also tweeted. https://twitter.com/#!/scotty_massey

Doug 3/29/12, 6:22 AM  

I never win anything, but maybe a pair of men's ruby slippers are in my future

bwats 3/29/12, 6:29 AM  

Great review, looking forward to giving them a run...

Cliff 3/29/12, 6:31 AM  

I tried these on at a race and they felt so good I almost talked myself into running on the road again.

The Clarks 3/29/12, 6:34 AM  

One entry for Steve Clark, please. Stoked to try them out. Love your blog!

islander 3/29/12, 6:37 AM  

2 guy entries please!

Shared on twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/VIBarefooter/status/185359499488538626)

Elisabeth 3/29/12, 6:37 AM  

These seem great, thanks for the review and giveaway!
I tweeted also: https://twitter.com/#!/egood33/status/185359997608267777

2 entries :)

Tammy 3/29/12, 6:40 AM  

Oh The NB Roadies! Yes please- as a dedicated NB Trail gal, I think that they would feel and look great on my feet, blazing down the road!

Gretchen 3/29/12, 6:41 AM  

Great review! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anna 3/29/12, 6:44 AM  

can't say no to another pair of shoes!

Blake 3/29/12, 6:50 AM  

One men's entry here!

Architeuthis Dux 3/29/12, 6:55 AM  

I want in! I like my NB 730's but would really like to try the MR00's. Men's please. Thanks!

JimDog 3/29/12, 6:57 AM  

I LOVE NB!!! Man would I love to win a pair of these!!!

2 entries please.


Al D. 3/29/12, 6:59 AM  

I run in a 4mm drop shoe and have been afrais to take a deeper plunge, but this would be a great way to do it. I need a men's shoe please!

AShabo 3/29/12, 6:59 AM  

Those shoes look amazing! I would love to give them a try.

CJ 3/29/12, 7:08 AM  

Fingers crossed for a new pair!

Jake Wyatt 3/29/12, 7:11 AM  

Linked to here: http://www.arunandabeer.com/032812-3-1-miles-and-a-twisted-pine-pearl-street-porter/

Kudos to NB for listening to runner feedback.

wch 3/29/12, 7:11 AM  

I look forward to trying these sometime! - Will

Alejandro 10 3/29/12, 7:19 AM  
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TK 3/29/12, 7:19 AM  

Put me down for the women's drawing. Thanks.

Alejandro 10 3/29/12, 7:20 AM  

One entry, please. Thank you!


rbrown10 3/29/12, 7:31 AM  

Count me in! (for the men's). I hope color isn't red...

Adam B. 3/29/12, 7:32 AM  

Count me in for 2 men's entries!


Jeff Gallup 3/29/12, 7:33 AM  

Hey Donald.. put me down for 3 entries! I linked it up via my blog at http://barefootinclined.blogspot.com/2012/03/march-madness-merrell-road-glove-vs.html

And on my FB page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Barefoot-Inclined/212665608801909


Ted Darling,  3/29/12, 7:41 AM  

Daddy needs a new pair of road shoes.

jsrealtorwv 3/29/12, 7:56 AM  
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Daniel Prevett 3/29/12, 7:58 AM  

One entry for the men's shoe, please.

Chad 3/29/12, 8:00 AM  

will tweet for shoes!
Ill take 3 please, tweeted, FB, and here! For man's shoes.


rsg99 3/29/12, 8:02 AM  

ooh yeah baby! One entry for the men's pair!

jsrealtorwv 3/29/12, 8:05 AM  

I love my NB Roads. The Zero's will be my next step.

2 entries for me


rob 3/29/12, 8:22 AM  

1 for me please!


Nicholas G.,  3/29/12, 8:22 AM  

Another great review! I purchased the Merrell Road Gloves based on the ability to go on/off road and the fact that I couldn't find the Minimus in stores. I would love a pair of these to use on road and as an everyday shoe.

Francis 3/29/12, 8:24 AM  

Looks like great shoes. I will love to have a pair of those!

2 entries.


ajones 3/29/12, 8:26 AM  

They look fabulous!

Kotoula01 3/29/12, 8:28 AM  

Hi there, love your reviews! I posted on fbook and twitter and here so 3 for me please, women's. I can't get the urls
From my iPhone so I'll post them later thx!!

Cody 3/29/12, 8:35 AM  

Man. 2 Entries! I hope they have other colors too, so I can get a few!

Fincher 3/29/12, 8:37 AM  

Just one vote this time. They look super snazzy!

Matthew 3/29/12, 8:40 AM  

Didn't really like the first edition, but these are a big improvement.

Mike Dixon 3/29/12, 8:45 AM  

Two points please:

Mike Dixon

Great review, thanks!

PB Junkie 3/29/12, 8:46 AM  

Great review. Although I'm female, can I get one entry for the men's version? My wide feet like the men's shoes better. Thanks.

PRE LIVES ON 3/29/12, 8:49 AM  

I found this site by searching top running blogs and I did just in time thanks for the chance to update my foot wear this spring! 2 points please

bf in az 3/29/12, 8:49 AM  
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Vern Eastley 3/29/12, 8:50 AM  

I'd love to compare these with my road gloves. Count me in.

hypnos 3/29/12, 8:50 AM  

Thanks for the chance to win, looks great!

bf in az 3/29/12, 8:53 AM  

2 entries (men's)


Santos D.,  3/29/12, 9:02 AM  

Nice shoes and great (as usual) review. Two entries please....I also on my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/santos.davila2

jake baldridge 3/29/12, 9:03 AM  

Tried these on the other day. Awesome.

Consider this 1 entry for a men's size 11...


RD Jim 3/29/12, 9:07 AM  

I'm holding out for the trail shoe. But if this comment gets picked, I'll barter. ;) No really, I'll hold out for the trail...

Kyle 3/29/12, 9:10 AM  

I'd love to win a pair of the men's shoes. Put me down for 2 entries.

MJP 3/29/12, 9:16 AM  

How do you think the upper's durability is? Any signs of wear or seams coming undone after your 150 miles?

Jason D.,  3/29/12, 9:27 AM  

Count me in for the men's pair. Thanks!

Anonymous,  3/29/12, 9:29 AM  

They look cool, please include me in the contest. I'm Male

Alex R

Chad 3/29/12, 9:37 AM  

Nice shoe, would love to win!

Jeff Kent 3/29/12, 9:43 AM  

Cool. I like the color too. I've also posted to my twitter @jkendurance and blog jkendurance.com

Joon 3/29/12, 9:44 AM  

Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!

kate 3/29/12, 9:59 AM  

....and mama needs a new pair, too!

Jeff Gallup 3/29/12, 10:14 AM  

I've heard feedback from others about the high extension of the shoe over the lower achilles on the back of the shoe, and that it caused issues... did you notice anything with that part of the shoe? Thanks!

James Hong 3/29/12, 10:15 AM  

love my MR10 and MT10, gotta win a pair of mens MR00 too :)

shared in facebook as well www.facebook.com/pengngun

Nate 3/29/12, 10:22 AM  

MALE! I'd love to win!

pablotrejo 3/29/12, 10:29 AM  

Love new balance. Wouldn't hurt to get a pair of these shoes.

dirkericson 3/29/12, 10:54 AM  

I've liked the mt series I would love to try these.

lolamako 3/29/12, 10:56 AM  

Entering for MEEEEEE! They look amazing! I held my first pair the other day, but alas, at $110 they are only for me when my current pair konks out. BTW, female here!

Eric 3/29/12, 11:04 AM  

I don't do much road running, but am looking forward to your review of the trail version. The Minimus Trail has served me well. I am really looking forward to zero drop upgrade.

Brandon,  3/29/12, 11:07 AM  

Looks like a nice piece of foot candy! Count me in 1 for the mens!

Crystal 3/29/12, 11:09 AM  

I would love to win a pair! Thank you for the chance!

Richard 3/29/12, 11:14 AM  

Crossing my finger!


Kate 3/29/12, 11:14 AM  

I want the pink shoes! Flashy. But I'm never very lucky in these giveaways...

Kurt 3/29/12, 11:26 AM  

One Entry here please. Thanks! Kurt

Ray 3/29/12, 11:33 AM  

One entry for the men's road zero please.

Manny 3/29/12, 11:40 AM  

currently in first gen roads. would love the latest greatest version

Mike 3/29/12, 11:40 AM  

Thanks for the review... now I hope I win. I get three (3) entries:

(1) This comment.

(2) Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/TheRunningDaddy/status/185424779673739264

(3) Blog post/link - http://therunningdaddy.blogspot.com/2012/03/nb-minimus-road-giveaway-at-running-and.html

WZ 3/29/12, 11:52 AM  

one entry for men's shoe please, thanks!

qrtrmiler 3/29/12, 11:58 AM  

Would love to check out a pair of these! Put me in for THREE entries (Here + FB + Twitter) Thx!

Blair,  3/29/12, 12:04 PM  

Good to read some of the shoe's flaws. If only to know there is room for improvement in the future. That said it looks like a great shoe. And the male Minimus Zero giveaway. Thanks.

Chris,  3/29/12, 12:13 PM  

Send a pair of men's size 10 my way!

Alberto 3/29/12, 12:21 PM  

Looks like a great shoe

Jonathan Brown,  3/29/12, 12:37 PM  

These certainly look interesting. I'd be happy to try a pair out. ;)

David 3/29/12, 1:06 PM  

I love my MT110's and my 730's. Looking into the 20's for strolling and these would be great to work into the mix!


Mr. Responsible 3/29/12, 1:27 PM  

@brideca11 tweeted the article and looks forward to logging some spring mileage in some new NB 00's!

ChadisBarefoot 3/29/12, 1:35 PM  

Love what you do, Brother. I actually profiled your blog a few weeks ago on my blog. Hope I land the shoes! *fingers crossed*

Blog link: http://unshodandunashamed.blogspot.com/2012/03/link-of-week-new-balance-minimus-zero.html



Unknown 3/29/12, 1:45 PM  

Great review. These look like fantastic shoes. I am a big New Balance fan. One thing that you didn't mention is that these come in widths. That is a great option for those of us with wide feet.

Sarah AJ 3/29/12, 2:29 PM  

Two entries for me, please. https://twitter.com/#!/sarahjanesews/status/185478264859541504

Jonathan 3/29/12, 2:33 PM  

Put me in the running for a men's shoe.

Lisa 3/29/12, 2:49 PM  

Wow, what a cool, funky-looking shoe!

(One entry please -- thanks!)

Elena V 3/29/12, 3:00 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway! I've been ownning New Balance shoes since I was 14 and I'm very loyal to the brand.

Elena V

wildflowers 3/29/12, 3:13 PM  

2 female enteries plese....1 for this comment and 1 for FB link. thanks!
I just ran a half in my NB minimus. i really want to try these cuz of the 0 drop.

Jay DeBoer 3/29/12, 4:17 PM  

Great looking shoes.

Lisa 3/29/12, 4:22 PM  

1 entry for the women's pair, please.

Ethan 3/29/12, 4:54 PM  

Sexy shoes. I would love a pair.

Valerie 3/29/12, 4:56 PM  

What a great review! I'm always looking for inside information on
running shoes, so this was very helpful. I'd love to win a pair!

gregoryboytos 3/29/12, 5:00 PM  

1 entry for this comment and one for a tweet www.twitter.com/mega_agro... fingers crossed

Negid 3/29/12, 5:15 PM  

Put me down for 2 entries on the men's!


krystyna47 3/29/12, 5:19 PM  

Count me in for one (girl) entry! Cheers!

David Berta 3/29/12, 5:42 PM  

2 Entries
I love all the New Balance giveaways going on. Thanks for your continued blogging on running as well.


sean 3/29/12, 5:51 PM  

THis is looking like the perfect road shoe for me

drunkmonckey 3/29/12, 6:30 PM  

2 entries for men's - comment here and linking you on facebook (no idea how to post a link to that here

Felt these shoes at the store today; seem really lightweight and liked everything cept the bottom seemed like it would be pretty hard to clean the mud off of, like the minimus trail, with all the holes to catch it.

Jeanne,  3/29/12, 6:44 PM  

Wild and crazy about minimalist shoes in Wild Wonderful West Virginia. I ran my first 5K at 58 years old after going minimal for the Freedom's Run In Shepherdstown WV. I would love to go at it again in October wearing your shoes...way too cool!

Mike W. 3/29/12, 7:07 PM  

Looks like a shoe worth trying. Thanks for a great website.

Cody r.,  3/29/12, 7:26 PM  

2 entries here




meredith m 3/29/12, 7:29 PM  

holy cow! I would love to win this - fingers crossed :)
mermont84 at yahoo.com

meredith m 3/29/12, 7:31 PM  

i shared on facebook https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=365281606849918&id=100001622773262
mermont84 at yahoo.com

Laura k 3/29/12, 7:50 PM  

I have been waiting for these for quite awhile. I am excited to try them out! 2 entries for a woman.
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Stan 3/29/12, 7:52 PM  

3 entries please



Thanks much!

Kirk Patrick,  3/29/12, 8:15 PM  

nice review. I'm joining the contest. One entry please :)

hyzer 3/29/12, 8:48 PM  

Great Review, One Men's entry entry please

Becca 3/29/12, 9:23 PM  

Womens please! Thanks again for an awesome giveaway!

Jeremy 3/29/12, 9:36 PM  

Shot in the dark.. one entry for men's please.

copperisblue 3/29/12, 10:16 PM  

May I win please. My road 'shoes' are only good for about 4 miles before they blister, so I would love to put a good bit of blister prevention on top

One entry, male. thanks!

Fred Garderes 3/29/12, 10:25 PM  

Interesting shoe. Count me in for the draw.

Alex 3/29/12, 10:39 PM  

These look like great race shoes!

Rory dela Paz 3/29/12, 11:07 PM  

Would love to try these!

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RunOnTundra 3/29/12, 11:26 PM  

"Minimal" describes the shoe, but not my desire for a pair!

Jared 3/30/12, 1:17 AM  

Please put me down for two.


stephan.uzzell 3/30/12, 3:43 AM  

Love to do my own comparison of these to the Road Gloves!

Nathan C,  3/30/12, 4:55 AM  

I'd love a chance to try the men's shoe!

Breck 3/30/12, 5:05 AM  

Thanks, great review as always.

David 3/30/12, 5:13 AM  

i'ma maaaaaan! and i'd like some shoes :)

Tess 3/30/12, 5:23 AM  

I would love to try a pair. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Gabarello 3/30/12, 7:08 AM  
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Ken Skier 3/30/12, 7:08 AM  

I'm a barefoot runner--and by that I mean truly bare; nothing at all on my feet. I ran 20 races BF in 2010, and 21 in 2011. This year I'm well ahead of that pace, having run 5 BF races already before the end of March.

I take photos as I run, to give people a true first-person experience of each race. Then I post the best of them on my website, RunwithKen.com

But sometimes I need to wear shoes. I've been waiting eagerly for the release of these NB Minimus Shoes.

Hope I win a pair of 'em!

Gabarello 3/30/12, 7:09 AM  

One entry for the men's -- thx!

sticks 3/30/12, 7:18 AM  

Please put me down for two women's entries. I found your blog by googling for Minimus reviews, and I've really enjoyed it. So many reviews are just a rehashing of the company's marketing information, so it's great to read an in-depth review by someone who has actually used the products, AND can spell properly and write coherently. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1664297045&sk=wall is my facebook, but why does the link have a rollerblade photo instead of the shoe? Wish I had a blog to get that third entry...

Scott 3/30/12, 7:21 AM  

I would LOVE to win a pair of these. Thanks for all the great work on the site.

Two Entries for a male pair, please.

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Angel 3/30/12, 7:34 AM  

These shoes are gorgeous and appear comfortable. I currently own a pair of New Balance Minimus (Last years model)and I just disposed of the Minimus trail shoes which I loved. My current NB minimus shoes are acceptable in comfort but I would love to own the newest model. Thank You for this opportunity to Win a pair, If I'm chosen I'd like a Size 9 Women please:). -Angel

Andy P,  3/30/12, 8:19 AM  

This would be the perfect start to my transition to minimalist shoes...

Zack Locke 3/30/12, 9:06 AM  

These look much better than NBs last minimus road attempts

Westplex Runner 3/30/12, 9:07 AM  

Looks like an interesting option. Please add me to the Guy list.

Dave F.,  3/30/12, 9:37 AM  

Been interested in these for a while now - great review!

Stephen 3/30/12, 9:57 AM  

One men's shoe entry please!

JBGodf,  3/30/12, 10:01 AM  

I want to rock the pink shoes. Bravo NB--they seem to listen to reviewers and runners. One men's shoe entry please.

Tomislav 3/30/12, 10:14 AM  

OK, I'm entering for myself :-)

Alan J,  3/30/12, 10:49 AM  

Please enter me for the men's. Thanks!

Greg White 3/30/12, 10:54 AM  

Entered! Woo!

I've the new 730s--can't wait to try these out.

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