Connect More With Minimus We put all our design know-how to work to create minimal shoes that maximize performance. Because it's one thing to just call shoes minimal - it's another thing altogether to lead a running revolution.

The Minimus Collection

A cross-category collection for minimal enthusiasts spanning all types of activities,
from trail running to circuit workouts and everything in between.

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*Due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to drop are approximate.

Minimus Apparel

Intelligently designed apparel that provides a layer of protection with just the right
amount of materials you need to perform at your very best.

NBx Minimus Singlet

NBx Minimus Jacket

Let the miles – and the elements – roll off your back in our NBx Minimus Jacket.

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NBx Minimus Jacket

NBx Minimus Jacket

Hit the road high and dry with breathable and fast-drying Aquapel that beads and dispels liquids.

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Articles & Discussion

Get an inside look at the development and design of some of our most innovative
footwear from the Minimus collection.

A look at the unusual Minimus HI-REZ package design

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: A look at the unusual Minimus HI-REZ package design

Posted April 8, 2013

Inspiration, as you know, can come from anywhere. It crosses industries, people, time zones, and (infuriatingly) often strikes when you least expect it.

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Exploring The Minimus HI-REZ Upper

Exploring The Minimus HI-REZ Upper

Posted November 5, 2012

If the heart of Minimus HI-REZ is its revolutionary outsole-that individually-podded piece of fabric helping maximize underfoot sensation-then its upper is the brains: a delicately constructed testament to precision, strategy and balance between competing, and often conflicting ideologies. As New Balance Lead Designer Chris Wawrousek puts it, designing it was an exercise in determining "how little we could get away with."

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Minimus HI-REZ: Where Science Meets Design

Minimus HI-REZ: Where Science Meets Design

Posted October 19, 2012

Tucked away in the historic Ayer Mill building in Lawrence, MA is New Balance's clandestine, state-of-the-art research facility. New Balance's Sport Research Lab routinely tests a wide variety of athletic shoes to ensure they meet the company's rigorous standards in performance, durability, comfort and technical innovation.

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A Detailed View of the HI-REZ Outsole

A Detailed View of the HI-REZ Outsole

Posted August 28, 2012

A lot of careful planning went into developing the outsole for the upcoming Minimus HI-REZ, the focus being on maximizing underfoot sensation while providing a level of protection and comfort. It was an exercise in purposeful design and a challenge that New Balance Lead Designer Chris Wawrousek didn't shy away from. We sat down with Chris to discuss the ideas behind the outsole and get his take on why it's so different from anything else we've seen before.

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A Glimpse into a Revolution: Minimus HI-REZ

A Glimpse into a Revolution: Minimus HI-REZ

Posted August 8, 2012

Born of product development insights and feedback from barefoot runners, New Balance's latest addition to its Minimus line is ambitious in concept: provide more underfoot sensation than any shoe has before. We recently caught up with New Balance Lead Designer Chris Wawrousek to discuss the birth of the concept and get a first look at the upcoming Minimus HI-REZ.

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A Brighter Geometry: Inside the New NB Minimus Zero Uppers

A Brighter Geometry: Inside the New NB Minimus Zero Uppers

Posted November 10, 2011

Somewhere in the middle of explaining the thinking behind the design of the upper for a new minimalist running shoe, Drew Nyssen has gotten stuck on pin art. "Those toys with the metal pins that take the form of whatever you put against them", explains the Senior Designer in New Balance's Advanced Products Group, "every pin represents a point of geometry ...

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The Evolution of the NB Minimus Zero Sole

The Evolution of the NB Minimus Zero Sole

Posted September 20, 2012

"There's a lot of truth in what you see on the bottom of shoes" says Chris Wawrousek, and he — of all people — is in a pretty good position to know. Seated in a back corner on the 5th floor of the New Balance Design Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Chris is literally surrounded by this truth in the form of the hundreds of prototyped, well-worn and yet-to-be-tried shoes that line the halls.

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NB Minimus Zero: 9 Things You Should Know

NB Minimus Zero: 9 Things You Should Know

Posted August 1, 2011

Our NB Minimus line offers an invigorating, award-winning, closer-to-barefoot experience with a dramatically lower heel-to-midfoot drop than traditional running shoes. In March 2012, at running stores across the country, we will extend the much talked-about NB Minimus line with the arrival of NB Minimus Zero – new road, trail and wellness shoes that continue to deliver ...

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Katherine Petrecca: A Perspective on the Minimalist Running Movement

Katherine Petrecca: A Perspective on the Minimalist Running Movement

Posted July 17, 2012

As minimalist running has become less fringe and more mainstream, the increased demand for innovation in footwear has let New Balance make its own mark on the movement. We had the opportunity to speak with NB's Strategic Business Unit Manager – Innovation Studio, Katherine Petrecca, who was kind enough to share her thoughts ...

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Millimeters and Midfoot Strike Inside the New Balance Sports Lab

Millimeters and Midfoot Strike Inside the New Balance Sports Lab

Posted November 3, 2010

Trampas TenBroek spends his days contemplating, and calculating, the implications of millimeters. Here, in the New Balance Sports Research Lab, where a team with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, anatomy, biomechanics and physics is gleaning new sets of insights about the way in which we run, small measurements have enormous implications.

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The Trail to NB Minimus

The Trail to NB Minimus

Posted September 22, 2010

While much of the development of New Balance's forthcoming NB Minimus footwear line took place inside the Lawrence, Mass., labs, many of the insights that informed the design were gleaned some 1,800 miles to the west, in the hills outside of Boulder, Colo. NewBalance.com talked with Senior Designer Chris Wawrousek and Team New Balance ultramarathoner Anton Krupicka ...

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Meet NB Minimus: An interview with Katherine Petrecca

Meet NB Minimus: An interview with Katherine Petrecca

Posted July 26, 2010

As was made obvious by the response generated by our article on barefoot running, a significant portion of the New Balance community is curious about a more minimalist approach to running. At New Balance, we get excited about anything that enhances the running experience, so when we had the opportunity to talk to Katherine Petrecca ...

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Naked Feet: A look at the barefoot running movement

Naked Feet: A look at the barefoot running movement

Posted February 4, 2010

After hundreds of years of walking with shoes on, is it time we relearn? There's a movement going on that challenges the very foundation of sneaker wearers (not to mention sneaker companies) everywhere, around running barefoot. This broad grouping of perspectives includes some runners who are finding they prefer to run exclusively barefoot ...

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