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That is a good question. In the Runner's World Spring Shoe Guide, the measurements seem more accurate. The heel height:forefoot height ratios for the MR10v2 and Virrata are 16.2mm/11.3mm and 24.6mm/20.6mm respectively. Those figures look more realistic. I prefer the firmness of a shoe like the MR10 and I think a shoe with as much forefoot cushioning as the Virrata is going to be way too cushy for me, but I'll still give it a try.
While it makes a lot of sense that New Balance would try to appeal to as many consumers as possible with their offerings, I still wonder how much the distinctive shape of the Minimus models are tailored to Anton Krupicka's feet. The roomy, pointy toe area is great for Morton's toe but the outer toe area could be roomier.