New Balance has been very popular in making minimal shoes for the last few years. Vibrams is also a very famous minimal shoe company and their shoes are known for many applications including military boots. Well they decided to have a baby and make the shoes im about to tell you about. Where these shoes differ from most of the cross trainers we test is in the material or lack there of, there is nothing on these shoes that doesn’t need to be there.
The 20v4s keep your feet planted to the ground with the man made Vibram outsole that provides multi-directional traction. The REVlite midsole provides responsiveness while staying comfortable. A 4mm heal toe drop gives you a flat surface which helps keep you stable during those heavier lifts.
One thing to add about these new balances is they are not the cross training shoes you want if you plan on running in them often. While they like most cross trainers can be used to run short distances they opted to provide a lower more barefoot stable feel then cushion that would help keep comfort during running. This low to the ground feel however is super stable and great for olympic lifts especially deadlifts.
So you decided you want a light weight cross training shoe? Well here it is. The minimus is the lightest shoe we have reviewed to date weighing in at a 6.5oz which makes it a certified featherweight. Odor resistance materials also allow these shoes to be worn with or without socks.
While they are not as flashy as some of the other cross trainers we review here these are still quality gym shoes. New balances no frills approach to the these shoes make them a top tier gym shoe that you can get for a fraction of the cost of some of the more popular shoes.
4 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all r4 mm 4mm drop
No-sew material application
Vibram(r) outsole provides maximum surface contact and multi-directional traction. Vibram is a registered trademark of Vibram S.p.A. All rights reserved
- cheaper then alternatives
- barefoot like feel
- Not great for running