Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$115
Weight
Men: 7.2oz
Women: 5.7oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 4mm
Women: 4mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The inside material of the shoe’s upper was comfortable for runners because it didn’t cause any irritation, even when they didn’t wear socks.
  • The testers appreciated the appealing look of the New Balance Minimus 10 v4.
  • As commented by users, this one was suitably lightweight as a minimal trail running shoe.
  • The general consensus about the mid-sole was that it was comfortable.
  • One reviewer stated that this model was great on soft surfaces such as sand and mud, and perfect for obstacle courses.
  • Runners noted that the sole unit was strong enough to withstand impact and surface friction.

6 reasons not to buy

  • There were testers who felt that this shoe’s platform was built higher than its predecessors, which removed the minimalist vibe.
  • Some users stated that the toe box was too narrow that it rubbed against their toes uncomfortably.
  • There were those who didn’t like how part of the tongue was attached to the interior sleeve; they felt that it cut into the skin of their ankles.
  • The heel section of the upper unit wasn’t able to secure the foot in place, complained a reviewer.
  • Several runners reported that the mid-foot and rear sections of the upper unit were too loose; their feet kept sliding around in the foot-chamber.
  • A couple of consumers stated that the color schemes were bland and boring.

Bottom line

The flexible New Balance Minimus 10 v4 is an update that carries on the legacy of its well-received predecessor in the series. Its lightweight nature was able to allow runners to take on the trails with ease and comfort, but there were those who didn’t acclimate well to some of its components. A number of consumers felt that it wasn’t as efficient as the previous iteration. But many still believed that it’s still a solid option for trail adventurers who desire a lightweight ride across the outdoor topography.


Rankings


Ratings

3.7 / 5 based on 20 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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82 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by Runblogger • David Henry • Level 4 expert

    This basically puts the shoe in a very similar profile to the MT110v1 and I for one am glad to see a more minimal option being offered by NB when many companies aren’t even putting out a trail shoe lighter than 9 oz.

  • 80 / 100 by iRunFar • Bryon Powell • Level 4 expert

     The 7.2 oz, 4mm drop Minimus Trail receives a major update with the incorporation of Revlite midsole material, a switch from a gusseted to a burrito tongue, and a softer, more open forefoot.

  • 83 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 2 expert

    With a sleek fit, slightly more cushioning and a natural fit and feel, it won’t hold you back as you explore the trails in comfort.

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Brett Stanners • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I think that this shoe is great for anyone doing any distance on any surface. This shoe hugs tight to your foot so it is also great for any workout that involves any side to side sort of movements.

  • 84 / 100 by Inside Passage Running • Josh • Level 1 expert

    The New Balance Minimus 10v4 is a good all around trail shoe and a great option for runners with wide feet as they offer the shoe in both standard “D” and wide “2E.”

  • 75 / 100 by Running Warehouse Blog • Jonathan • Level 1 expert

    The MT/WT 10 v4 shines as a minimalist, regular use trail shoe for loose terrain.

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Updates to New Balance Minimus 10 v4

  • The New Balance Minimus 10 v4 is a running shoe that’s meant to cater to the needs and performance desires of minimalist trail runners who don’t need the extra bulk or stiffness of most trail shoes. This model looks very appealing and would even pass easily as a casual shoe because of its modern design. The low-profile construction stands true to its minimalist roots.
  • The upper unit uses durable mesh, which is made from synthetic components. It doesn’t easily tear apart or lose structural integrity, so it’s going to remain strong and efficient, even after many uses. A seamless construction removes any unnecessary layering or stitching, which may add more weight to the shoe. It also allows the runners to use the shoe without socks.
  • Responsive cushioning is handled by the RevLite foam technology. This lightweight material doesn’t have a bulky look. It allows the foot to move naturally because of its flexible nature. The foot bed adds a bit more cushioning. It’s even treated with an antimicrobial coating to maintain a clean and a healthy interior environment for the runner.
  • Vibram is one of the industry-leading outsole components on the market. Made from durable materials, it makes sure to shield the mid-sole from the potentially damaging effects of surface exposure and friction. Triangular gripping lugs assist the runner in holding onto various types of surfaces.

New Balance Minimus 10 v4 size and fit

The New Balance Minimus 10 v4 has a standard running shoe length. It uses regular measurements for length, so men and women can easily get the right size. The available widths for both genders are medium and wide. Its semi-curved shape is friendly to the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The Vibram outsole material is placed across the entire length of the external side of the platform. It shields the mid-sole from wear and tear. It also gives reliable surface traction, which is important when tackling the outdoor surfaces.

Triangular gripping lugs allow the runner to hold onto multiple types of ground. They face different directions to assist in upward or downward traversals.


Midsole

The RevLite foam is a high quality material that runs the entire length of the New Balance Minimus 10 v4. It’s lightweight, so it won’t let the runner feel as though their feet are being dragged down by their shoe. Responsive cushioning is given to the runner, making sure to keep their feet comfortable throughout the phases of the gait cycle.

The foot bed adds a bit of cushioning to the underfoot. It’s treated with an antimicrobial coating to stave off odor-causing bacteria.


Upper

Synthetic Mesh is used in the upper unit of this running shoe. It is lightweight and breathable, so air is able to keep the foot cool and dry throughout the running session.

The seamless construction of the upper does away with any stitched sections or unnecessary layers. It’s a design that prevents skin irritation. This barefoot-friendly design allows the wearer to use this shoe even without socks.