New Balance will be taking minimal one step further with the Minimus Hi-Rez. This innovative design gives barefoot runners an ultra-minimal shoe experience. New Balance is using a pixilated sole comprised of 42 unconnected rubber pods that are welded into a soft, durable, synthetic fabric that acts as the midsole. The result is an extremely lightweight (4.3 oz) and flexible shoe that allows each pod to move independently with the foot. The New Balance Hi-Rez (Zero Drop) can easily be rolled up into a ball and looks to be a great competitor with Merrell’s Vapor Glove as we enter 2013. Look for the New Balance Minimus Hi-Rez early next spring for $119.