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New Balance MT 10 Review


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  • Currently 3.0/5
Overall avg rating 3.0 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: June 7, 2015
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Pros:  This barely-there shoe encourages good running form, and strengthens feet.
Cons:  No protection or cushioning.
Best Uses:  Trail running, working on trail running form.
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 1 reviews
Manufacturer:   New Balance
Review by: Mark Eller and Lisa Jhung ⋅ June 7, 2015  
The New Balance MT 10 is a true minimalist shoe. With zero "drop" from heel to forefoot—meaning, there's no difference in height between your heel and your forefoot—it mimics running barefoot more than any other shoe in this review. Cushioning is all-but absent as well, and the combination makes you run light-footed, landing on your mid- to forefoot instead of your heel for an efficient stride. Wearing this shoe is like dipping your foo in rubber and going for a run. The New Balance MT 10 does a great job wrapping around the midfoot and securing the arch of your foot, which feels supportive on the trail while still providing a true minimalist feel. Running in the MT 10 (also called the "Minimus") is an experience, and runners new to minimalist running shoe ease into wearing shoes like this. Doing too much, too soon can cause strains.

Update - July 2015
The MT 10 is no longer available at most retailers. Check out our Editors' Choice, the lightweight New Balance Minimus 10v2 Trail or the newly reviewed New Balance Leadville 1210v2.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review


A Vibram rubber outsole sticks to rocks for great traction on this shoe, and the multi-directional positioning of the lugs give these minimal shoes good purchase on dirt and mud, too.


Made out of lightweight ACTEVA foam, the midsole feels barely there in this shoe. While it does cushion some pounding, the slight nature of this shoe encourages you to place your feet wisely instead of striking heavily on your heels.


While the synthetic/mesh upper and Vibram outsole protect your feet a heck of a lot more than if you were to run barefoot, protection isn't as high on this shoe as it is with other beefier models in this review.


A touch of stability comes from a secure fit that sort of wraps around the midfoot, but otherwise, this shoe lacks stability…on purpose, since it's a minimalist shoe.


At 7.5 ounces, this is the lightest weight shoe in the review. Its weight, combined with the breathable mesh upper, makes it feel fast and breezy on the trail.


This shoe ranks high on flexibility, allowing your foot to flex naturally while providing a touch of protection.

Mark Eller and Lisa Jhung

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Apr 21, 2013 - 12:17am
spidey · Climber · Berkeley CA
I love this shoe, just not for trail running. I like the minimalist feel and flexibility, and for short runs, workouts and everyday use it is a great, airy and light shoe that looks good and feels great. I like the zero drop and minimal padding for everyday use. These should also be great as approach and walk-off shoes for big climbs - they have a small clip loop on the back and they work equally well with thin running socks or no socks. I got my usual street shoe size (11) and they are perfect. They are very breathable and dry fast, good traction overall but not as good as Sportiva Raptors or Vertical K's - but good enough for most purposes. I took them on one muddy trail run and they did pretty well - not as good as the C-lite, but good enough.

For long and/or rocky trail runs they just don't give enough protection, but I could see using them on a moderately long approach and descent, and they are light and packable for carrying on a harness or in a pack.
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