New Balance Minimus 1010v2

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Combine tradition with innovation and you get the New Balance Men's MT1010v2 Minimus Trail Running Shoe. This shoe mixes support and cushion you expect from New Balance with a 4mm heel-toe drop and lightweight materials to create a new-fangled minimalist-type trail shoe. Designed to be worn with or without socks, this trail-loving shoe travels over dirt paths, asphalt roads, and along leaf-littered paths as you sneak in one last hike before the snow falls, for real. The NL-1 last combines a wider forefoot with a shallow toe box and lower instep to give your toes plenty of wiggle room without letting your foot flop around. A confident and secure fit makes it easier for you to tackle treacherous terrain without worrying about your foot slipping in your shoe, let alone on the trail. TPU over the mesh upper adds a hint of stability without limiting your foot's natural motion. Barefoot-friendly construction means your foot can go commando and not have weeping blisters by the end of the adventure. The RevLite foam midsole softens your footstrike without adding unwanted weight to the shoe, and the RockStop plate sandwiched between the midsole and outsole protects the ball of your foot from pointed rocks and sharp roots. Carved out like your Halloween pumpkin, the Vibram sole gets a good grip on the ground for stability when you're stomping along snow-covered sidewalks or running over trails with large fields of scree. The minimalist-inclined 4mm heel-toe drop isn't intended for a barefoot-feel, even when you're sockless, but is a far cry from traditionally cushioned, 12mm heel-toe drop, running shoes. The slight angle provides cushion for heel-strikers while encouraging a more forefoot-centric foot strike. A more level platform and grippy goodness will make your trails runs that much more fun. - Backcountry.com