New Balance is slowly but surely inching their way up the shoe manufacturer’s ladder to grab the attention of runners and prove that they manufacture the best running shoes available in the market today. With this in mind, New Balance pooled their best talents in order to produce the most excellent running to hit the market today. The trend of the running shoes design for the enthusiasts right now is to run as if you were barefoot but still covers and protect your foot from harm.
The new Balance 101 shoes are designed by a strong and solid long distance, tough terrain runner Anton Krupicka who is known for running the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The New Balance 101 he designed though lightweight has the perfect grip on whatever road you prefer running on.
The color choice is either green or black; but the first difference you will notice compared to that of its predecessor the MT100 is that MT101 is a little wider and has more room, especially around the toes. The material used on the shoe’s tip is also tougher in order to protect your toes and soften the blow whenever your foot hits something hard, like a rock or a root. The side support has also been restructured from the cloth-like material to a sturdier rugged plastic that gives a firm wrap around hold on your foot. True to its minimalistic view, the upper with only mesh/fabric and some overlays. They did not put plastic on the heel counter and the cuff for the heels and ankles are made of EVA foam making it very soft and very flexible, stretching along as you run. The manufacturer is also proud of the way they have designed the shoe’s tongue. Looking at it, you will notice it is a little thicker but the difference is not really that noticeable and still pretty much a minimalist shoe. There is little to no seams inside the shoe so that even if you wear it without socks, your foot will not get irritated.
The MT101 is also roomier and absolutely no support on the arch while the thin insole is glued tight making for a very comfortable running shoes. The combination of the upper and interior design of the shoes is very snug and secure. The heel cushion is also very soft which is in contrast with the firm forefoot. The soles grip the road well especially with low and flat lugs and the weight is the lightest in the running shoes market if you compare it with other brands in whatever size the MT101 is being compared with.
Evaluating its performance, this new shoe sure is a tough worker allowing you to run comfortably and safely on every road and terrain and for every season. Yes, even on winters and running in the snow, these shoes still gives more than enough traction. The very light weight and low drop allows the runner to run no matter what the weather is. They also put plates in the outsole to protect you from being punctured and diffuse shock better yet still retain the natural feel when running. The shoes, though it fits your foot snugly still allows ventilation and lets your foot breathe. They also modernized the shoelaces. It looks like beads on a string that is why the lace seems to have waves, with thick and thin parts and when you tie them they hold securely on each other.
Another plus that the New Balance 101 has over other shoes in the market is the price. This is where you really get value for your money because these running shoes gives optimal performance but comes in the most reasonable price.