User Review: New Balance MT10 Minimus
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70
A great minimalist shoe.
- can be used without socks
- fits like a glove
- not for everyone
These shoes feel like they were made for my feet. I have relatively narrow feet but a wide toe-box. I also have fairly high arches. I do not have any stability problems and have been running in Brooks racing flats for four or five years now.
I do not like these as much for running, as they are very much a minimalist shoe and take some getting used to, but I have really enjoyed them for hiking and walking. On the trail, I can 'feel' the surface, which makes me feel more connected. Sprinting quietly and lightly over a nice soft bed of pine needles and Everglades peat is a wondrous feeling indeed.
I also did one of those obstacle/mud/water crossing races in these and they were perfect for the various conditions. I like these shoe so much because you can wear them without socks. Your feet feel so light and unencumbered.
Because of the lack of almost all aspects of 'normal' shoes, your feet do get a work-out in these. I noticed muscles in my feet that I never even knew I had during a longer hike (10 miles). If you don't build up to using shoes like this, you can hurt yourself. So just take it easy at first.