Wellesley and Melrose are getting their grubby little hands on a new trail shoe before all the rest of our stores in tomorrow's delivery (2/2/12), so we thought we'd give you all a little dirt on them before they land. From the manufacturer:

SINGLE-TRACK HAYASA  by North Face -

Guided by the Japanese word for “speed,” our designers created these ultra light running shoes in collaboration with a world-renowned athlete, and TNF ultra-runner Tsuyoshi Kaburaki. Enabling you to feel the trail closely, these shoes provide comfort, support and protection. A neutral, low-profile midsole allows a natural stride turnover.

            • MSRP $110.00

            • Lightweight, minimal upper construction

            • TPU-welded support overlays

            • Dual-density [ed. not stability] EVA midsole 

            • Blown rubber forefoot

            • High-abrasion rubber heel

            • TPU Snake Plate™ forefoot protection

            • 8.9 oz (250 g) *based on Men’s 9

What does that all mean? Well, for starters it means there's another lightweight neutral trail trainer on the way to our shoe wall. Those of you dabbling in the more minimal offerings for the road shoes out there yet are hesitant to fully commit to the ultra low-offset of the trail Minimus and its kin will find the Hayasa a decent alternative, and perhaps a good way to incorporate trails into your training regimen.

Beyond that, it's the first time we've had a North Face shoe on our wall since, well, probably 2005. Why is that, exactly?

It's because we trust in their product, and a renewed focus from the North Face on running in the last 3 years has really helped redefine the brand as something other than simply an outdoor, expedition-focused gear company.

All that said, we look forward to the feedback from the feet of those that try the shoes on. The Hayasa will land in Wellesley and Melrose first, and will migrate from there in the coming weeks.