Reviewed by snarg from montana on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
the pads being in strange places make these shoes uncomfortable to use on the pavement. When I use them off roads they fill up with sand in between the mesh and the foam. They are nice and light and breathable - but it comes at a price.
Reviewed by Jon from Michigan on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I have purchased several pairs of new balance minamus shoes over the past few years and these are the worst. I bought two pairs of these and the pads in the front of both have torn after less than a weeks use.
Reviewed by Jon from Michigan on Thursday, October 16, 2014
I had the same thing happen as a previous person who wrote a review. On the first day I wore my new shoes, I was in the middle of a workout when I noticed that one of the black pads on the front of the shoes was falling off. I couldn't continue with my workout as is, so i decided to rip the pad off. The shoe works fine otherwise.
Reviewed by Midwest Rambler from Missouri on Wednesday, October 01, 2014
I've been a die-hard New Balance fan since 2004 but these shoes have forced me to question it. I think New balance got it right with their original "Minimus" shoe but then in attempts to cut weight of an already ridiculously lightweight shoe they came up with this train wreck.
the placements of the rubber pads in "high wear" areas are not very good and for a road shoe it feels "luggy".
The entire heel of the shoe is a type of thick (yet airy foam) but unfortunately it started shifting within a couple of weeks of wearing the shoe... and that is with me untying and loosening the shoe up every time. Not simply trying to force it on.
The tongue of the shoe is not attached on the sides like some of their other style of shoes and this one does not stay centered at all and regularly throughout the day it shifts and bunches up along the side of my foot. This is literally the only pair of shoes that I have worn in a long time that this regularly happens with.
Also, the rubber pads on the bottoms separated from the foam sole very quickly (within 8 weeks) and that was with simple day-to-day wear.
Aside from that, I don't know how else to describe the shoe other than that it has a terrible fit. I have the 1010 Trail and they are a smooth, comfy shoe, and I have the minimus shoes and they are all smooth and comfy, yet this one just fits poorly through the heel and the midfoot.
In summation, I feel like New Balance must have been sabotaged from the inside because it seems to me that this shoe was designed to suck. I feel like it was poorly designed, poorly constructed and if a person wore these for a month, they would begin experiencing problems.