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An entirely different approach to trail running, the New Balance 20 Minimus Trail 2 running shoe features a midsole that delivers the benefits of barefoot running with the protection of a lightweight trainer. Inspired by nature. Improved by science. With only a 4mm drop from heel to toe, as little as a third of that of a traditional running shoe, the Minimus collection holds a world of discovery for neutral runners as well as those with gait issues or chronic injury to conquer by learning better form. No-sew upper provides lightweight comfort and support. Deconstructed ACTEVA® midsole offers great flexibility and a featherweight cushion. Minimal Vibram® outsole has been designed for maximum performance with specific zones of use. Non-removable insole. Wt. 5.8 oz.
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men's shoes v. women's shoes

Usually when I've bought racing flats I've HAD to go w/ men's shoes because there isn't a racing flat category for women. Since the onset of the minimalist shoes I'm now looking into those as a lightweight performance/racing flat. I'm confused by the width rating system; it's a B & C for women and a D & E for men (medium v. wide). Is the last of the men's shoe wider than women's & would I be better off staying w/ a women's shoe now that there are some low profile shoes for women. I've just been in a men's shoe for so long I'm confused.
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You are correct about the widths for each category, although I haven't really seen a racing flat in a wide category...unless we just don't carry them. But usually they are offered in a men's 'D' width and a women's 'B' width as you have stated. Yes, the last of a men's shoe is wider, but that is just the general difference. Manufacturers who are committed to the women's running category will construct women's shoes differently because they know there are different running bio-mechanics between men and women. Because of the hip difference, women tend to pronate more than men. Designers take this into consideration and work on addressing this by having a different midsole/outsole on a womens version that can offer women the extra support they need. And if they do use a women's specific last, it is shaped a bit differently from the men's version because of the differences between gender's feet. Women will normally have a narrower heel and forefoot, plus a lower instep than men--consequently the running shoe cannot simply be a smaller version of the man's. A woman's running shoe needs to be designed differently to accommodate the narrowness of a ladies foot. In short, the women's shoe will probably feel snug for you since you have become accustomed to a man's shoe. But overall, a women's shoe is best to use if possible. I noticed there is a women's version of the New Balance 20 Minimus Trail 2 shoe...sku #202700.
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