I was intrigued by the concept of the New Balance Minimus Zero shoes, because New Balance is a running shoe company that is so well known for their attention to traditional running shoes. They usually offer a high level of arch support and loads of cushioning. Yet with the Minimus Zero, they promise to offer a new approach to running shoes, with a closer to barefoot experience. The Zero has a drop of 0mm from heel to midfoot height, so that there is no added slope and a completely freeing experience. While this line of shoes is considered to be minimal, however, there are a few features that set the shoe apart from being completely barefoot, which is worth paying attention to.
The New Balance Minimus Zero is defined by three measures, including its weight, stack height, and heel to toe drop. These can vary depending on the exact type of shoe that you purchase. The upper part of the shoe is composed of a very breathable mesh, so that you are able to feel well ventilated while you are running. These shoes are quite durable, despite their seemingly light weight.
The goal of wearing these shoes is to allow you to feel more connected to your run. There is some padding and cushioning in the inner portion of the shoes, but it is extremely minimal, so if you have flat feet or feel that you need extra support for any other reason, these may not be the shoes for you. They are available in a wide range of different colors for a bright and cheerful appearance which I liked.
There are numerous pros to choosing the New Balance Minimus Zero, because you can improve the intuitive qualities of the way that you run. However, if you haven't tried running in shoes like this before, you may experience some discomfort. You have to pay attention to how you are running, and adjust accordingly. There is a significant decrease in the amount of foam and rubber at the bottom of the shoe, so that your feet are almost in contact with the trail or road. To start the adjustment process, it's a good idea to start off wearing these shoes for leisurely walks, before adding in the shock and pressure of running. You will probably grow to love the freedom that you gain from having such lightweight shoes, however, as most reviewers do.