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Vibram FiveFingers Vi-B Review

My new all-time favourite Vibram FiveFingers (VFF)
I’ve reviewed over a dozen VFFs in my minimal footwear reviewing career. I can honestly state that the new Vi-B is my new all-time favourite VFF. It is the perfect combination of comfort, function, style, and (finally) breathability in a women-specific, ballet flat-inspired design.

Quick Details
Price: $80.00 USD
Width: Narrow to Extra wide
Sole Thickness: 3.5 mm
Drop: 0 mm
Weight: 3 1/8 oz or 86 g
Insole: None included
Sizing: 36–42; Full sizes only
Category: Minimalist Sandal and Casual

Comfort & Fit
Everything is comfortable about the Vi-B. There are no tight, binding, scratchy, or poking parts. The heel cup fits perfectly and the suede-like material on the inside helps keep the shoe in place without being the least bit obtrusive. The toe pockets fit me perfectly and yielded no blisters after over 30 minutes of walking. The collar is slightly stretchy preventing any binding. The mesh of the upper also has the smallest amount of stretch, maximizing the range of foot widths the shoe can accommodate, in addition to their open design. These shoes will likely work for narrow feet as well as my extra wide ones, and every width in between.

The Vi-B has no removable insole but the footbed is an anti-microbial Drilex sockliner to keep them smelling fresher longer.

Barefoot Feel & Function
There is no cushioning in this shoe, just outsole and sockliner between you and the ground. The sole thickness is 3.5 mm of fantastic flexibility so your feet will feel everything. Natural foot movement is maximized in this shoe with its open design and great ground feel.

Weighing in far under 86 grams, these shoe feel slightly heavier than a thick pair of socks and are just as comfortable.

The grip is approximately 2.5 mm at its deepest providing plenty of traction on any man-made surface as well as dry natural surfaces.

Upper Qualities
The upper is made of a polyester mesh with PLENTY of breathability; in fact, more than any other VFF I’ve reviewed so far. One of my few problems with VFFs in the past has been the lack of breathability, which causes sweaty feet, resulting in chafing and blisters. The Vi-B is so airy that this is definitely NOT an issue.

There is no break-in period required as they were instantly and abundantly comfortable right out of the box. If they do start to smell, which mine have not after plenty of wear, they are easily machine washed and air dried.

Sole Qualities
The outsole is 3.5 mm thick and made of XS-Trek according to the Vibram website. It is a proprietary Vibram rubber compound that “offers 30% more adherence to smooth surfaces than previous formulas” while also having good durability. As Vibram has been making high performance rubber soles for over 70 years, I’ll believe their website claims. I do know that I have had no traction issues whatsoever in all my testing on indoor surfaces.

The outsole is also extremely flexible, easily bending around pretty much everything I’ve stepped on.

There is also no arch support designed in the shoe. The only raised areas of outsole are at the medial and lateral metatarsal joints and they help keep the shoe in place on the foot without feeling obtrusive or limiting splay.

Overall Quality
The quality of the materials appears excellent from the rubber outsole to the polyester mesh upper. As encountered with many a VFF model, there is visible glue marks on the toe pockets but you have to examine the shoes very closely to see them. With casual wear, I suspect these will last many seasons.

Style
The style of the Vi-B is definitely minimalist ballet flat. It would be difficult to be more minimal with such little material and that being of mesh. I adore the elegant, minimalist style and have received numerous compliments from people, even from individuals who have confessed to not liking the toe pocket VFF design in the past.

The Vi-B is currently available in red, blue, and black. The only accents are yellow on all three colourways and they depict the Vibram logo. (I would prefer if they weren’t plastered with logos as I prefer a more purest minimalist look, but I can understand how Vibram might think otherwise.)

Uses
Need a comfortable summer sandal? Elegant minimalist ballet flat, perhaps? Everyday casual shoe that’s barely there? The Vi-B may just be the perfect shoe for you. I know that I’ve worn them quite a bit around town doing errands, walking the dogs, or out for dinner. They are casual shoes so I wouldn’t recommend running or mountain hiking in them, but they’re perfect for warm weather walking around.

Value
At $80.00 USD, they are priced at the low range for VFFs and the high range for a simple ballet flat. There are so few stylish, minimalist women’s shoes on the market that I would be happy to pay this amount for a comfortable, durable, and extremely versatile shoe as the Vi-B.

Summary
I was not exaggerating when I wrote that this is my new all-time favourite VFF, of which I have expansive experience. The Vi-B design and materials solve all the issues I’ve ever had with VFFs including a lack of breathability, sometimes constrictive fit, or the occasional pinching toe pockets. And they look fabulous, too. They have amazing ground feel, great grip, and my feet function as naturally as if I was wearing toe socks. I adore everything about them.

To find out more or to purchase a pair of Vi-Bs, please check out the Vibram website.

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO Review

A medium distance running Vibram FiveFingers (VFF) model
VFF is creating more specialized models with every season. One of their newest models, the Bikila EVO is designed to be a medium distance running shoe. It has a snug fit and a little more cushioning than most models. I think of it as a padded VFF for walking, running, or casual wear.

Quick Details
Price: $120.00 USD
Width: Narrow to Wide
Sole Thickness: 8.5 mm
Drop: 0 mm
Weight: 3 3/8 oz or 94 g
Insole: None included
Sizing: 36–42; Full sizes only
Category: Minimalist Running and Casual

Comfort & Fit
The Bikila EVO fits my wide feet very well with plenty of room for metatarsal splay. The laces make getting them on and off super easy and the lock lace clamps them down in place for a secure fit. They fit very close, sock-like in fact, but have plenty of flexibility allowing my feet to move naturally. They are too close fitting to wear with toe socks for me. The pinky toe pocket in particular is quite snug.

Due to the tight fit and lack of socks, the moisture from my sweaty feet caused a few blisters. While running, my big toe chafes against the inside of the toe pocket and 30 minutes resulted in a huge blister on my left foot. While walking, both feet got blisters in the same spot: on the top of my feet just below my big toes. I’m pretty sure that the walking blisters were caused by the rather large seam on the inside of the shoe at this area where the tongue attaches to the upper. It’s not so much that the seam is bulky because it does lay flat but the junction of materials rubbed my skin raw. Just to wear, I find the Bikila EVOs quite comfortable but functionally, my sensitive skin could not handle the chafing and moisture.

The material on the inside of the shoe is somewhat textured but in an unobtrusive way. The material of the tongue is quite soft and protects the foot excellently from any binding caused by the laces. The throat is thin but cut in such a way that I cannot feel it anywhere around my foot and ankle. The junction between the footbed and the upper is completely flat and absolutely unnoticeable.

Barefoot Feel & Function
I was initially apprehensive about the ground feel of the Bikila EVO with an 8.5 mm sole thickness, but as soon as I started walking in them, I could barely feel a difference between them and some of my much thinner minimalist shoes. The outsole flexibility is excellent, allowing me to feel very small rocks underfoot and easily bends around ground contours. I was pleasantly surprised with the great ground feel and ease of natural foot function.

Weighing in under 100 grams, the Bikila EVOs feel more like socks than shoes and I have never noticeably felt their weight.

They have an excellent grip pattern for more than adequate traction on any man-made surface. They are also grippy enough for dry, natural terrains. I would not, however, recommend them for use running in the mud

Upper Qualities
The upper is made of a polyester mesh (according to the Vibram website) and a faux suede used for the tongue and accents along the top of the shoe. The polyester is woven quite closely and doesn’t breathe all that well, especially considering their use as a running shoe. My feet do get quite sweaty in them and then stay wet. The weave does keep out some water although the seams are not sealed so water will enter the shoe through them.

There is no break-in period required as these shoes feel more like socks with a rubber sole than a regular shoe.

Like most VFF products, they are machine washable in cold and air dried. Because they don’t breathe all that well, I suspect they will eventually acquire some smell but after several walks and runs in them, mine still smell new.

Sole Qualities
The outsole is made of 2.5 mm of rubber, 4 mm of EVA for cushioning, and a 2 mm footbed layer. Although the total 8.5 mm in thickness might seem like a lot compared to most minimalist shoes, the ground feel is still great because of its fantastic flexibility.

Like all VFF products, there is no arch support designed into the shoe. In fact, the medial outsole design doesn’t even rise up and hug the arch like other models have in the past. This change allows the foot arch to flatten out completely and not feel any of the outsole up against it.

Overall Quality
The quality of the materials and manufacturing appears good. There are some visible glue marks at the edges of the toe pockets but all the seams are perfect in the review pair. The material of the upper is thinner than most conventional and even minimal running shoes so I’m not sure they will last more than one season of heavy running use.

Style
The look of the Bikila EVO is very much “minimalist running shoe”. The cut and colour accents of the upper, as well as the tongue and lace design, remind me quite a bit of old school running shoes (before the popularity of the massive heel rise). The raised bumps on the toes and bottom edges of the medial and lateral edges of the upper appear purely esthetic but do give some nice design detail.

The Bikila EVO is currently available in orange/purple, black/yellow/magenta, yellow/pink, and blue/green. Again, the colour choices are very reminiscent of current running shoe colourways with their rather loud combinations. These are certainly not shoes that could be called “subtle”.

Uses
Vibram advertises this model as their medium distance running shoe. They have a bit more cushioning than VFF’s original models (like the KSO or the Classic), in the hopes of allowing runners to run farther with less foot discomfort. I don’t really agree with this philosophy as I think a natural runner should have enough foot strength to run whatever distance they want with minimal shoe cushioning (I realize I’m likely in the minority with this opinion). However, if you want to add some rough terrain that you might want a little extra padding underfoot, I can see how these might be a good option. Although, they don’t have much in the way of traction for good grip on said rough terrain.

Although advertised for medium distance running, if this model fits you well, I think they are a nice option for walking or casual wear as well, if you don’t mind the loud colourways. They don’t have the best ground feel of the VFF models but it is more than adequate for a minimalist shoe due to their great flexibility.

Value
At $120.00 USD, they are priced on the high side of VFFs and the mid-range for running shoes. If they fit you exceptionally well and you’re looking for a running shoe for a season or two with moderate to heavy wear, this is a reasonable price to pay for a minimalist running shoe.

Summary
The Bikila EVO is advertised as a medium distance running shoe. For this purpose, Vibram has added a little extra cushioning underfoot than their more minimal models. Despite their 8.5 mm stack height, they have decent ground feel due to their excellent flexibility. Although I think runners should have enough foot strength in their feet to run any distance they like with very little cushioning, I can understand how some runners might prefer a zero drop with a slightly padded ride for longer runs or those runs on slightly rougher than all road terrains. I do think that a running shoe should be breathable and this model is sadly not.

They have a very snug fit so, at least for my feet, socks are out of the question. If you have a VFF-shaped foot and you prefer to go sockless with a snug fitting shoe, this model may be a good option for you for walking, running, or casual wear.

For more information or to order the Bikila EVO, you can check out the VFF website at: http://www.vibramfivefingers.com.

Two Recently Discovered Resource Websites

Last week, I had a wonderful tea date with a reader who lives in Calgary. Natasha is new to minimal shoes so I brought my collection for her to try some on. It was wonderful watching her excitement and enthusiasm. We shared stories, experiences, and resources. It was great fun and informative for both of us.

Natasha shared with me a website that she enjoys and, after reading quite a few posts myself, I thought I’d share it on the blog for others to enjoy as well:

Katy Bowman writes a blog called Katy Says with the tag line “Alignment Matters!”. She is a biomechanist focused on educating and helping people correct mechanical causes of pelvic floor disorder, bone regeneration, and foot disease. She is a proponent of healthy and strong feet as well as proper body alignment.

Some of my favourite articles of hers include:

She has categories for Feet-N-Footwear and Natural Movement that I particularly liked. She has also published two books and created two videos, which you can find further info about here.

While perusing her blog, I found a link to another helpful blog. Dr. Nick’s Running Blog is written by Dr. Nick Campitelli, a podiatrist with a special interest in helping runners with injuries. I spent a considerable amount of time reading his blog posts on specific running injuries and like that he has categories for plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and knee pain.

Some of the posts I liked include:

Dr. Nick also writes minimalist running shoe reviews as well as a guide to transitioning to running in a minimalist shoe.

Thank you again, Natasha, for a wonderful day and introducing me to some great new blogs.

 

VIVOBAREFOOT The One Review

Three years of proprioceptive research and development, and it shows
The One was a long time in the making. Extensive plantar pressure experimentation was conducted in order to maximize proprioceptive feedback for this model. Does the rest of the shoe compare to the excellence of the outsole’s properties? Read on to find out.

Quick Details
Price: $115.00 USD
Width: Narrow to Wide
Sole Thickness: 3.0 mm
Drop: 0 mm
Weight: 5 ¼ ounces or 144 grams
Insole: Removable; 5/8 ounces or 18 grams
Sizing: 5–13; Check VB website for sizing
Category: Road/Light Trail Running

Comfort & Fit
I really wanted to like the upper of The One but I just don’t because it is ultimately not comfortable for me. It fits in terms of length and width, stays in place on my foot and heel, and the material is plenty soft enough against my skin, but the upper is so thin that all the edges feel sharp. The collar and tongue have minimal padding, which is not really an issue as the collar is cut in such a way that my ankle doesn’t really feel the edges. The biggest problem is in the crease in the upper when I bend my toes. Every time I wear these shoes, I get at least a hot spot and at worst a blister on the top of one or both of my feet, even while wearing socks. I can understand a blister if not wearing socks but WITH socks? The overlay on the medial side of the top of my feet is simply in the wrong place for me and with every step, it creases too sharply and too deeply for the shape of my feet.

I can’t help but compare The One to the VB Lucy Lite (if you are not familiar with the Aqua/Lucy Lite, feel free to skip this paragraph). The only downsides of the Lucy Lite as a road running shoe are that it is not that breathable and it doesn’t have the best proprioception in the VB range, although still one of the best in the minimal market as a whole. However, it is the most comfortable minimal shoe that I have reviewed to date without question. I was hoping that The One would be just as comfortable as the Lucy Lite but with improved breathability and a new and improved outsole for even better proprioception. The One is about 1.5 cm narrower than the Lucy Lite, which for a person with wide feet, makes the Lucy Lite far more comfortable. If you have a narrower foot, The One is probably the better shoe for you in terms of fit. The One has next to no padding anywhere in the upper and feels sharp to the touch and where it bends, while the Lucy Lite has just the right balance of padding in the tongue and around the collar for all-day wear. Therefore, in terms of shape and upper comfort, the Lucy Lite is far superior to The One. Admittedly, The One does have better breathability and improved proprioception but with the potential of a blister every time I wear them, I doubt I’ll be wearing them that often.

Barefoot Feel & Function
VIVOBAREFOOT performs extensive research to maximize proprioception in their products and The One is the culmination of three years of experimentation and optimization. It has incredible ground feel and absolutely allows your feet to move naturally. It has one of the best barefoot feel of any running shoe I have reviewed to date (I’m torn between which ground feel is better between The One and the New Balance HI-REZ). With the removable insole, you can choose the maximum amount of proprioception or slightly more cushioning and insulation.

Weighing in at under 150 grams, they are some of the lightest on-road running shoes on the minimalist market.

The hex grip outsole provides more than enough traction for dry or wet road conditions. For light trail use, I would recommend keeping on the dry side.

Upper Qualities
The One upper is made with a V web lamination, some faux leather along the laces around some of the collar, and a soft-fit lining on the interior. One of the best features of this shoe is its breathability, soft breezes can easily be felt through the upper. Water will flow in but will also flow out just as quickly through the meshy upper material.

As there is a considerable amount of glue used in the construction of this shoe, I would not recommend machine washing but a scrub in the sink instead followed by an air dry.

Regarding a break-in period, I’m not sure whether one would be beneficial or not. I do get a hot spot on the top of my feet every time I wear them, whether with or without socks. I don’t know if the crease in the upper that causes this will ever soften enough to stop doing that or if this shoe shape just is not the one for me.

Sole Qualities
The One outsole is a 3 mm, TPU, hexagonal, on-road sole with VIVOBAREFOOT’s patented puncture resistance. It feels like one of the thinnest soles I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing yet. It has incredible flexibility and, like all VB products, no arch support.

Overall Quality
The quality of the materials appears excellent but the quality of the manufacturing is somewhat lacking in the glue use with visible excess along the bottom edge where the outsole meets the upper and along some of the seams in the heel quarter or missed edges altogether in the same area. Granted, these are only visible with close examination but still noteworthy.

I have no doubt that the outsole will last a very long time. The upper will likely be the first to fail but I would guess will last at least two seasons of heavy use.

Style
I love the minimal styling of The One and think that for a running shoe, they look fantastic, and for a casual shoe, they look sleek and stylish with quite a bit of character in the details. The hex design in the toe cap matching the larger hex pattern in the V web lamination is classy and understated but shows attention to detail and style. The clever use of colour accenting in the slightly crinkly, stay-tied lace is also a nice touch. The One is available in three colourways for women including black/teal (my personal favourite), grey/salmon (I can’t say that I’m a fan of this particular shade of pink), and grey/teal (for those who like their running shoes a little louder) as well as two colourways for men including grey/royal blue and grey/yellow.

Uses
The One is designed as an on-road running shoe but it is perfectly suited as a fitness shoe in the gym or a minimalist, casual, around-town shoe. I think they are appropriate as a light trail running shoe as well but during dry conditions only.

Value
At $115 USD, they are priced in the mid-range of minimalist running shoes. With this shoe, you are purchasing the peace of mind of VB’s puncture resistant sole and the best proprioception in footwear that money can buy. If this shoe fits you comfortably—without the creasing on the top of the foot—this shoe is absolutely worth this price.

Summary
The One is VB’s ultimate on-road running performance shoe. It was in development for three years and is the result of extensive research and development in the proprioception department. The outsole has one of the best ground feel of any of the running shoes that I have reviewed to date. The upper, although stylish, soft and functional, is not the most comfortable in terms of fit. The creasing across the medial top of the foot (similar to issues described for VB’s Evo in the original models) is a huge hot spot creator for me with or without socks. I’m not sure that breaking them in will soften this issue as, frankly, I’m not willing to put in the time to get the hot spot/blister, heal, and then repeat only to potentially discover that it will not soften out. However, if you find that The One is the right shape for you and there are no creasing issues, it is an excellent on-road, in the gym, or around town shoe with the best ground feel you can get.

To find out more about The One, you can check out VIVOBAREFOOT’s website.

New Balance Minimus HI-REZ Review

Ingenious Engineering Meets Minimalist Footwear Technology
New Balance has truly outdone themselves in the engineering department with the new HI-REZ. The shoe boasts many innovative new technologies and really does deliver on a sensational barefoot feel. I love how this company continues to push the limits of minimal design and raise the bar with each passing season and new model introduction.

Quick Details
Price: $119.99 USD
Width: Narrow to Wide
Sole Thickness: 8 mm
Drop: 0 mm
Weight: 3 ¼ ounces or 92 grams
Insole: None included
Sizing: 5–14; Half sizes available; Recommend trying the fit
Category: Road/Light Trail Running

Comfort & Fit
The HI-REZ definitely feels more like a sock than shoe. The “FantomFit” upper is extremely flexible, soft against bare skin, and practically seamless with only the lateral edge of the tongue disconnected from the rest of the upper. The footbed/fabric outsole is also soft with no obvious edge between it and the rest of the upper. The shape of the HI-REZ works extremely well for my wide feet; despite the appearance of a pointy toe box, there is plenty of wiggle room for my toes. I very much enjoy the way the whole upper hugs my foot like a sock and the laces allow for customizable foot-hugging adjustability. Although the edge of the collar is quite thin and with no extra padding, I’ve never felt like it was sharp or digging in, much like the edge of a sock, actually.

Sizing is crucially important when it comes to this shoe; the wrong fit will feel cramped if too small and sloppy if too big, more so than with other shoes because of the softness and flexibility of the upper and fabric outsole. I have read numerous reviews that say they fit a half to full size short or long as well. Although I normally wear a size 8 in New Balance shoes, I think I could have used a half size larger in the HI-REZ. For me, they fit as close as a sock while sockless and a little too tight with the thinnest pair of toe socks. Although the inside material of the HI-REZ is very soft, while both running and walking sockless, I did get blisters on the tops of several toes. This is very common for me as I have extremely sensitive skin and most closed shoes will cause this issue. However, I found that wearing socks in them was uncomfortably squishy and a size up with thin socks would probably be the best fit and circumstance for me. I have no doubt that if you spend more time sockless in shoes, this would be no problem at all for you (I just have crazy sensitive skin).

There is no insole included with the HI-REZ as that would defeat the purpose of the innovative pod-designed outsole—which is to maximize a barefoot feel with the protection of a lightweight shoe.

Barefoot Feel & Function
The ground feel of the HI-REZ is AMAZING! The EVA pods mechanically bonded to the flexible fabric base allows you to feel every ground contour 1.5 X 2 cm at a time. If your soles are quite sensitive, you will likely feel the flat tops of the pods compared to the flexibility of the fabric between them. I found the difference in texture mildly distracting at first but not annoying in any way. They definitely have more ground feel than any running-specific minimalist shoe I have reviewed to date. I feel like my feet can move naturally within the flexible upper and with the flexible outsole design.

As the EVA pods (the pink in the review pair) and the rubber overlays (the green in the review pair) both have a bumpy texture to them, they definitely have a grippy feel to them on man-made and natural surfaces. I would not recommend them in mud but dry or wet smooth surfaces are not a problem in the traction department.

Weighing under 100 grams, these feel practically weightless and again more like socks than shoes.

Upper Qualities
The upper is full of innovative properties from the “FantomFit” material to the support structure formed by the hexagonal print pattern fused to the underlying breathable mesh. The burrito-style, one-side tongue is also a great feature, adopted from the Minimus Road ZERO, minimizing seams and edges. The upper is extremely breathable and slight breezes can be felt through the shoe. Water also goes straight in the shoe but also right out again for fast drying. There is no break-in period for the shoe as they are so incredibly flexible right out of the box. As for shoe care, I wouldn’t recommend sticking these in the washing machine as perhaps the pods may dislodge from the flexible fabric base but I haven’t tried it myself, I just wouldn’t do it with my review pair.

Sole Qualities
The sole is certainly an ingenious engineering piece of shoe technology. The 42 independent midsole pods are made of a high abrasion EVA with additional outsole rubber post-applied in high-wear and abrasion areas for extra resilience and traction. Each pod is 8 mm thick by 1.5 cm tall and 2 cm wide. The pods are mechanically bonded to a durability coated, flexible fabric base. There is no other minimalist product with anything close to this kind of design and the feel is certainly unique and proprioceptive. The fabric outsole flexes as easily as a sock and the pods protect from sharp (but not pointy) objects. There is only the thin footbed overlaying the fabric outsole and pods allowing ALL ground sensations through (one pod at a time).

Overall Quality
The quality of materials is downright space-aged. The quality of the manufacturing is as excellent as the engineering is innovative. Even the interface between outsole and upper is unique with a completely unobtrusive stitching process and reinforcing rubber wrapping around the perimeter of the shoe. As for longevity of the shoe… I have no idea how long these will last nor whether the thin fabric mesh will fail first or the EVA outsole pods. I have noticed that after a half dozen or so walks and short runs in them, the EVA pods without rubber reinforcements are already showing a bit of wear while the rubber overlays are not showing any. There is 8 mm of pod to wear through, so this might take considerable distance, depending of course on how hard you land and if you push off with each step.

Style
I really like the sock-like, space-aged look of the HI-REZ. There is nothing inherently flashy about the style until you look up close and see just how unique almost EVERY aspect of the shoe really is. I love the design of the overlay and how it maximizes breathability while also providing structure to the upper. The HI-REZ is currently available for both men and women in three colourways each allowing you to pick how loud you would like your conversation-piece, innovative footwear to be, from a subdued black and grey to a vibrant orange and white.

Uses
The HI-REZ is designed strictly for on-road walking and running. There was an insert included with the shoe that read essentially, “Not intended for off-road use.” Do not expect the fabric base to protect the bottoms of your feet from pointy objects that get between the pods because it will not, nor was the shoe design intended for that. Running on trails with small, sharp rocks and/or, more importantly, evergreen needles, may not be a good idea if you expect your soles to remain intact.

Running on wet surfaces was an interesting experience: rather than water reaching my foot from the top down, water reached my feet from both the top and the bottom. This is a feature to keep in mind if you are planning on running long distances in wet conditions. Water did rush out as easily as it rushed in but your feet will be wet from all directions.

Value
At $119.99 USD, the HI-REZ is priced at the mid-upper range of the minimalist running shoe market. If you value technology in your shoes, this model is an obvious choice. If you value a superior barefoot feel, this model is also an obvious choice. If you value shoe durability and extended wear, only time will tell if this new model stacks up to some of the others in its minimalist class. As I value a comfortable fit, great ground feel, and the ability for my feet to function naturally in my shoes, I would definitely be willing to pay this price for this shoe as it fulfills this criteria exceptionally well.

Summary
The New Balance Minimus HI-REZ is a marvel of innovative footwear engineering in a comfortable, functional, and stylish package. This strictly designed on-road running shoe is intended for experienced minimal consumers looking for a barefoot feel paired with lightweight protection. The HI-REZ delivers in comfort, proprioception, and natural foot movement. Although not intended for off-road use, on-road runners wanting to try the latest in minimalist technology will enjoy the engineering featured in this model.

For more information or to purchase the Minimus HI-REZ, you can check out the New Balance website.