New Balance MROO
Classification: Lightweight racing flat
Weight: 6.4 oz
New Balance was founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company. More recently, they provided us with different shoe widths and are arguably the most prescribed shoe on the market.
Furthermore, New Balance is no stranger to minimilist footwear. In fact, New Balance was making racing flats well before many of these minimalist companies existed. My favourite runner of all-time, Dick Beardsley was sporting a pair of New Balance flats at The 1982 Boston Marathon, better known as The Duel in the Sun.
Khalid Khannouchi, the American Record Holder in the Marathon also ran in a pair of New Balance flats.
The MROO is a shoe that enables you to intimately connect with the ground beneath you. The Vibram bottom promotes a promote toe off and provides great traction on the pavement. The best part of this shoe is how it hugs your foot with the slipper-like upper. I ran the Carlsbad 5000 sans socks and loved the ride. The heel pocket is snug, the shoe breaths well, and the toe box is roomy. What more could you ask for?
Feedback: I cannot imagine that this shoe will last the typical 400-500 miles. Moreover, the MROO is not for everyone. When it comes to minimalist footwear, my general advice is that people who were born at 8,000 feet altitude, ran barefoot on dirt roads to school, are currently at their ideal weight, and biomechanically sound can get away with and benefit from sporting these shoes. If you are looking to transition to this shoe, try the New Balance 1400.
We recommend using this shoe for shorter runs, races, and post run strides.
Average retail price: $109.99
These shoes are available at most of your local Independent Running Stores and New Balance stores in Canada.
If you live in London, Ontario (RF Headquarters), check out Runners’ Choice and New Balance London
About the Author: Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur. He spent his undergraduate days at The University of Western Ontario where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the Half Marathon and Marathon respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.