Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Hope for Spring Minimalist Shoes

Lots of promises out there from various shoe companies.  Everyone seems to be latching on, at least a little bit, to this minimalist craze.  Looks like we'll have a few start-ups producing very interesting minimalist shoes, plus a few big companies jumping on the band wagon too.  The New Balance Minimus Trail is pictured on the left--more photos on Flickr here.  Currently, that's my favorite of the new crop of shoes coming out--I liked their NB 790 trail shoe and this Minimus Trail should be even better.  For Spring 2011 (February-April?), I have hopes for the following new minimalist shoes:

New Balance Minimus Trail
Altra Adam
Skora
Terra Plana Neo
Merrell Barefoot Collection

I can't believe Nike is letting these other companies get a head start on them...I would expect them to already have 1-2 models ready to go...maybe they are waiting for the right timing?  Anyway, if these other shoes sell well, Nike will be all over it within no time. With a plethora of new barefoot books and now several new minimalist shoes, this spring is going to be fantastic!

4 comments:

John said...

Chris, Nike has the very popular free's. And even though they aren't truly minimalist, they are marketed as so and most people who buy them think they are. I see so many Free's at my university's gym. And this is what Nike is great at - marketing.

Chris said...

I have had 2 pairs of the Nike Frees and had to chop off the heel to maker them usable. My cobbler did it very quickly and only charged me $5. They are definitely not minimalist. If they have a Nike Free 1.0 model lurking out there it could work well. I like the soft stretchy upper and flexible sole. Just too much cushioning and too much heel.

John said...

Chris,

I was wondering what you run trails in during the winter? Have you zero dropped a GTX shoe? Do you use something else?

John

Chris said...

I run trails in all of my shoes---VFFs, Mizuno Wave Universe, Nike Free, Feelmax Osma, and NB 790. The NB is my go-to shoe for tougher trails and colder running. It's not zero-dropped, but never had a big heel.