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For minimalist feel that won't leave your feet bruised and battered, lace up the Montrail Women's Fluidflex Trail Running Shoe. The FluidFoam EVA midsole utilizes flex grooves to encourage the natural motion of your foot while 4mm of offset provide nimble close-to-the-ground feel. Plus, the micro-lug sole bites the earth for solid traction with a minimal weight penalty.

  • Breathable upper mesh offers a snug, supportive allover fit without excessive overlays to add weight
  • Full-length, one-piece FluidFlex midsole features articulated flex grooves that move with the natural motion of your foot
  • FluidFoam in midsole offers better energy absorption, flexibility, and cushioning than EVA, from which it's derived
  • 4mm drop and relatively low stack heights delivers a secure, close-to-the-ground feeling
  • Microlugs in the Gryptonite outsole offer secure traction on a variety of surfaces from wet roads to fire trails
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  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Loved the shoe when I put it on! Super comfortable.

They were just too close to a basic sneaker, I need a little more durability.

Going to return and try again with another product!

high quality

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I think Montrail makes very high quality shoes. I have always had trouble with getting blisters in new shoes to the point where I just assumed this was part of the break-in process. I have not had any issues like that with this shoe or my other Montrails. As far as this shoe in particular goes I think it is a very unique style. There seem to be a lot of different definitions when it comes to minimalist shoes. I think where this one excels is that while you are getting a light and breathable shoe you don't have to worry about bruising your foot by stepping on something sharp like some other minimalist shoes or going through that break in period where your feet have to get stronger. I was skeptical at first that this would perform like a minimalist shoe but when you compare it to a traditional trail shoe there is a big difference. The blue padding on the bottom is incredibly flexible not rigid at all like it may appear. It's a great shoe, it's definitely worth trying if you are thinking you might want to give the minimalist running shoes a try but maybe are not ready to commit to a shoe with no support.

Great Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For a minimal shoe it offers good protection from rocks and uneven trail conditions. It breathes well in the wasatch's dry summer and dries quickly in the spring in mixed rain/snow/mud conditions. I like that the outsole is soft enough to let me feel the terrain under my feet instead of feeling a bit wooden and clompy like some of the harder soles feel. I run 30-40 miles a week in these and love them. I have a high rigid arch, wide toe box and narrow heel and have sworn by Montrail for years and this shoe is the best one I've tried yet.

I'm wondering if there is a similar shoe...

I'm wondering if there is a similar shoe with more structure to the body? I need a little more durability.

I also have small feet, could I look in the kids section? The back heel came up a little high and was rubbing a little hard.