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Keep the ground close, and your shoes closer.
New Balance's line of Minimus shoes has long held its ground in the barefoot or close-to-barefoot category. With the Men's MO80 Minimus Running Shoe, the Minimus lineup gains a shoe with the same flexible feel but some added protection. Lightweight with a low heel drop, this shoe puts your foot in a natural position and eliminates the bulky feeling caused by a traditional, heavily cushioned hiker or trail running shoe. No-sew construction eliminates hot spots caused by sewn seams, and it means that you can wear either a thin pair of socks or go barefoot inside this shoe for a truly close-to-earth feeling. Wear the MO80 for trail running, travel, or when you want to feel a little lighter on your feet when you're out on a fast hike.
- Minimalist-style upper is built with lightweight materials that are durable enough to protect your foot from trail hazards while still remaining flexible enough so your foot can move naturally underneath
- No-sew construction eliminates the seams caused by sewn-together upper materials so this shoe is more flexible and free of hot spots that can cause chafing
- Midsole platform is firm enough to provide support and just enough stability to keep you balanced and agile on the trail when the surface is unpredictable
- Vibram outsole is grippy enough for slick, hard surfaces like rock or loose surfaces like sandy trails
- Low 4mm heel offset more closely aligns the height of your heel and forefoot to encourage you to land on your midfoot or forefoot during foot strike
- Low heel offset also positions your foot in a more natural position so you can roll off your toes faster as you come to the end of your stride
- Vibram rubber is one of the most durable outsole materials offered in the trail shoe marketplace
- Heel loop makes it easier to grab onto the back of this shoe when you're pulling your foot past the heel pocket and underneath the close-fitting upper
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How do the MO80 compare to the MT1010? Do...
How do the MO80 compare to the MT1010? Do they have similar soles?
Great minimalist shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
I've used these shoes for a few weeks now, and even though I don't think minimalist shoes are right for me, they have several benefits that I like. First, they have a stiff sole that extends my toes upward slightly to allow my feet to roll forward naturally when walking. Second, the tread is knobby, so they do not slip on slippery surfaces easily. Third, they are very light and I hardly feel like I have shoes on my feet when I walk around.
I'm not sure if you are supposed to do this with minimalist shoes, but when I put a footbed inside the shoe, it made my foot so cramped that I had to take out the footbed. Without the footbed, however, the shoe feels longer and wider than other shoes of that size. Overall I recommend the New Balance MO80 Minimus shoe to those who have slightly wider feet and who like the minimalist style shoe.
Overall a good shoe
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
I have worn this shoe for 3 runs, and a 10km race, so far.
Edit Jan 19, 2014: I have run at least 60km in these shoes. For the reasons I mention below, I do not use these shoes for running anymore, but they became my daily shoes, and I love it.
The Vibram sole is great, but I would like more midsole support, not well suited to hard rocky trails. Also, compare it with other NB shoes the toebox is slightly narrower, so I would recommend go up a half-size.
Overall a good shoe, but I wish it had a little more midsole in the forefoot and a little bit more room in the toebox.
Great cross training/dead lift shoe
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I use these in the gym. Flat soles without big heels pushing center of gravity forward are awesome for dead lifts and squats. A couple of the trainers in my gym use them too.
Having run these shoes on trails for the last few months I am very happy with them. I avoid especially rocky trails as they don't afford as much protection as I might like, and a plastic forefoot shank might have been nice to take away some of the sharper impacts. Also these seem have a slightly narrower fit than some other NB shoes I've been running with, including my 730 road shoes. I prefer a little bit more room in the toebox, but this hasn't caused any problems for me on my runs. Besides those minor concerns I have really enjoyed running in these.
Loved running in all of the new balance minimus shoes that I have owned but destroyed them. I had to re-glue large amounts of tread on my MT1010 several times. I have been waiting for a minimalist shoe with a good quality sole with good traction and finally it has arrived. Favorite running shoe I have owned so far. Only recommended for serious trail runners who run aggressive trails.
Low profile shoe with a durable solid Vibram soul, unless you are a wimp and need squishy shoes, these are the best shoes for trail running available.
The MT10's tougher cousin
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The fit of the last (foot shape) is identical to the MT10. The upper has a bit of room in the toes but is a stiffer mesh that has less give than the mesh of the MT10, designed to keep out dust/sand and protect from puddles. It tends to fold and bunch up a little around the flex point for me but it will probably soften with use. The tongue is not gusseted and I found it easily twisted and folded when putting the foot in.
Length is true to size barefoot or with a thin sock. However, I found the toe-room a bit lacking compared to the MT10 due to the stiffer upper, and even a wide (2EE) in my size allowed my 4th and 5th toes rubbed the end. In the end I needed to go up a half size to the 11D in the MO80 to accomodate my wide toe splay, even though the shoe was a tad long for me.
The MO80 has good forefoot flex but is definitely much stiffer then the MT10 (particularly in the mid-foot and heel), though not as stiff as the MT110. The midsole is a beefed up MT10 with amazing toothy tread. It is a bit less cushioned than the MT110, especially in the forefoot. The vibram outsole is soft and will probably wear fast on rock and asphalt but is great for trails. The lugs will probably make it uncomfortable on paved roads anyway.
Lastly - there is a pronounced arch support in these compared to the MT10. That might be a good or bad thing depending on your needs. True minimalists will probably find it far too much, while bad over-pronators like myself transitioning to minimalist running will appreciate the support. I couldn't keep the MT110s due to lack of any arch support and the raised lateral edge increasing my over-pronation.
Overall a good shoe, but I wish it had a little more midsole in the forefoot. The level of midsole support is a bit light for people transitioning or logging a lot of hard miles on technical terrain, and the stiffer heel/midfoot and arch support might encourage a heel strike in those still learning proper barefoot form.
I got the M80 as a trail shoe. I have worn this shoe for 3 runs so far. I would recommend folks with wide feet to order the wide shoe. The Vibram sole is great. Sor far, a great shoe.