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How do we take a great cross training shoe and make it even better? Start with the features everyone loves: a Vibram® sole, barefoot-inspired performance and the versatility of a traditional trainer. Now throw in a new burrito tongue to keep it all in place and provide a better fit, an upper that features no sew overlays for added durability and welded seams utilizing lightweight and breathable materials and you get the men’s Minimus 20v5 trainer. Push your workouts farther.

This style runs large. We suggest ordering a 1/2 size down.
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Perfect for your toughest strength or interval training workouts, the new men's MX20v5 features a burrito tongue and advanced breathability, as well as odor-resistant treatments so you can wear them with or without socks.
  • 4 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 4 mm drop are approximate
  • Asym collar with molded foam allows for a more natural heel fit
  • Burrito tongue
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
  • Vibram Outsole
  • Strength Is In
    Its DNA

    Superior stability, improved fit and enhanced breathability help elevate your training, so you can elevate your game.

    Asym Collar

    Helps fill voids between the ankle for a more natural-feeling fit

    Burrito Tongue

    Provides a better, locked-in fit and helps keep the tongue in place

    Vibram Outsole

    Provides durability, grip and helps extend the life of the shoe

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    Average Rating

    3.0

    22 Reviews

    50% of reviewers recommend this product

    Size 5 of 5

    Runs Small
    Runs Large

    Fit 3 of 5

    Runs Narrow
    Runs Wide

    Comfort 3 of 5

    Uncomfortable
    Comfortable

    Sep 26, 2016

    Tongue digs into ankle.

    MyNB Bronze Member

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    "Unfortunately the tongue on this shoe is just too stiff and digs into my ankle. The rest of the shoes is just like the MX20V4, which I loved. I ordered these hoping it would be the same asize I love the previous version, unfortunately nobody has them in my size. Hopefully New Balance will adjust the tongue design and make it less rigid for the next model because I love the shoe itself and it's perfect for crossfit. I'm hoping the tongue will break down a bit with some wear but for now I won't be using them for working out, the just dig too much."

    Sep 18, 2016

    Uncomfortable tongue

    - Sonoma, CA

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    "I was looking for a wide, very lightweight, no rise shoe, and I got it with this purchase; however, the rubber tongue is very uncomfortable. If it was fabric, it might be one of the most confortable shoes I have ever worn."

    Sep 16, 2016

    Loving them

    - Corona, CA

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    "Great shoes! I normally wear a size 10 I got a half size smaller they fit perfect. Great feel during my workouts. I would buy them again!"

    Sep 14, 2016

    Poor update of what was once a good shoe.

    - Virginia Beach, VA

    MyNB Bronze Member

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    "I've used Minimus' for several years and have never been disappointed, until now. When updating the shoes, you expect a lot of the things to be pretty standard, like size, width, etc. I got these in a size smaller than usual. They felt better than my normal size, but still not quite right. I reluctantly purchased them anyway to appease the pushover NB salesperson. Never have I regretted a shoe purchase more in my life. I thought this would go away with time after they were broken in, but the toe box is insanely huge.... Like, Ronald McDonald huge. They are so big they gave me blisters under calluses after the first couple of runs. I have ran marathons, and while in the army, walked hundreds of miles in boots and I can count how many blisters I have had on one hand. These are so bad that I will have to sit out of the Army 10 miler (which I have already paid for). Also, if you have even slightly narrow feet, forget about these. I keep them tied as tight as they will go, and they're still not tight enough. I really liked New Balance and I was an unofficial unpaid spokesperson. They were my brand and I would not let anyone bad mouth them. But these left a bad taste in my mouth, it's doubtful that I will purchase another pair of NB minimus."

    Jul 18, 2016

    Poor Fit

    - Stovall, NC

    "These shoes don't live up to the New Balance reputation at all. Most New Balance shoes are extremely comfortable and fit very well. These shoes, however, are a very odd cut, and they run much too wide and too loose. The fit is extremely uncomfortable, to the point that your feet slide all over inside the shoes when you attempt to walk."

    Jul 4, 2016

    Tongue digs into the top of my foot

    - Redwood City, CA

    "I have had two prior models of Minimus shoes and they were very comfortable. This latest iteration is not. The "burrito" tongue produces a ridge across the top of the foot that is quite uncomfortable. I gave it a few weeks wear before reviewing to see if that got better, but unfortunately it has not. In addition there is less mesh on this version so it runs a bit hotter than earlier versions. I do wish NB wouldn't keep messing with designs that are perfectly functional."

    May 14, 2016

    Surprized given some of the negative reviews

    - Livonia

    "Did not want to risk on line purchase given comments on site regarding fit. Had an earlier version years ago so persisted and went to NB store . Glad I did . Use at gym - excellent feel to the floor / elliptical etc. and good fit for me"

    May 6, 2016

    It did not meet my expectations

    - Easton, MA, USA

    "I don't like that the tongue is attached to the side of the shoe. The shoe is not the easiest to put on. It gets wet inside very easily. The arch support is weak. I purchased it because of a arch problem and I had to purchase schools arch supports in order to wear the shoes."

    May 6, 2016

    Poor sizing

    - Adirondacks

    "I wear a size ten in all shoes. This shoe runs 1/2 a size big.need a 9.5. I ordered them online so my mistake."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Sometimes upgrades are worse than previous versions

    - Canton, OH, USA

    "I have been a big fan of the Minimus 20v4 training shoe as I have already purchased 2 pairs. I originally purchased them as a travel shoe due to their light weight but have ended up using them as my every day training shoes. Once I had a couple of months of wear on the last pair of the 20v4's I decided to purchase another pair to have on hand as a spare. I noticed that the v4 type was no longer available but figured the fit of the 20v5 would be similar so I purchased a pair. I was really disappointed with the shoes once they arrived. The fit had totally changed as I felt that my foot was not properly supported as in the 20v4 types. After wearing them a few minutes, it was apparent that these would not going to be confortable so I returned them. I am not sure what I am going to do once my last pair of the 20v4's wear out as the 20v5's don't fit my feet. I am not sure who pushed for the upgrade to this style but they need to realize that they just tinkered with the design long enough to make it bad (my opinion). On the plus side, the return process is super easy and I received prompt credit for my return."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Can say enough about its comfort and durablity!

    - Oklahoma City, OK, USA

    "Bought this for my 6'9" , 300lb teenage son, only shoe he will wear. Gives him the support he needs along with not being something he is embarrassed to wear and looks trendy."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Minimus line is a back saver.

    - Austin, TX, USA

    "I have had back problems for almost 20 years (herniated disks, etc.). After using the Minimus product line my back pain has been eliminated. I LOVE the Minimus shoes and pray New Balance never stop making the product. It may not be the same for everybody but it has been wonderful for me!"

    Apr 25, 2016

    Disappointing

    - Kansas

    "I have owned four pairs of New Balance Minimus. I wore them for at least three years. With this model I found myself sorry disappointed. There is no reason for their decision to slowly increase to a less and less minimal shoe. At one point the shoe was almost entirely cloth with rubber pods on the bottom which faired great in runs although it did cause slight issues if you ran on rougher surfaces where things might poke up between the pods. What we find here is easily their best looking shoe but also the most restrictive and unnatural. An arch that digs into the side of my foot on a shoe that should have none, a lace system that I cannot lace up tight without having extreme cramping and a sole that is needlessly thick. Here it is April and I have yet to see any additions to the line while they continue to pump out more and more foamed up giant soled shoes. I sure hope this is not the end of the Minimus and NB returns to what made this a great product for years"

    Apr 20, 2016

    I miss the old design!

    - Austin, TX

    "I've been buying New Balance Minimus-style shoes for years and was disappointed to see a lot of the Minimus products get discontinued. I was very pleased the with 20v3 and 20v4 versions of this shoe, but they made drastic design changes to the newest version. The burrito tongue fits snug around the middle part of my foot, but the toe-box is super roomy and heel tends to slip slightly (even after trying a half-size down). I usually use a lace-lock lacing pattern for a more snug heel fit, but there isn't an additional lace hole on the outer parts of the shoe due to the new burrito tongue design. As a Minimus loyalist for years, I was disappointed that the new design causes me outer arch pain and poor fit in general."

    Mar 18, 2016

    a horrible fit and design

    - St. Louis, MO, USA

    "The offset lacing gave no support to the mid foot, the toe box was too narrow and the heel was so wide that my foot slipped out when walking."

    Mar 3, 2016

    Awesome customer service !

    - Minden, NV, USA

    "This shoe is bigger than it used to be. But customer service took care of it and allowed me to exchange it. Fits perfect now."

    Feb 12, 2016

    Decent shoe, if it fits

    - Oregon, USA

    "This shoe is not for even mildly narrow-footed people. I had about an inch of space between my outer toe and the inside of the shoe, but my big toe was near the end, so I couldn't have gone any smaller. I liked being able to feel the floor, and they were super flexible with good support, but yeah. The medium width is waaaaay too wide. I might purchase if a narrow version is available in the future. The link I went through did not specify whether this review is for the men's or women's Minimus 20v5 trainer, but this review applies to both as I tried on both shoes."

    Feb 8, 2016

    Shoes are awkwardly shaped when wearing them. They angle inward as if you had defective feet.

    - Elk Grove, CA, USA

    "I was excited when I got my shoes, since I own the prior model and like them a lot. When I did receive them, I was let down because when I put them on, the shoes looked like there was something wrong with my feet. They angle inward on both sides, almost as I'm stepping with the inner part of my sole. I thought maybe I got a bad pair, so I sent them back for an exchange. When I got my 2nd pair, they were the exact same thing. I sent those back as well, so I'm pretty disappointed, since I really wanted to get a new minimal type shoe to use with my workouts. I would not recommend them."

    Feb 3, 2016

    Good design, okay quality

    - Utah, USA

    "I've had Minimus trainers for years and have loved them. I've used them for everything. The thing that normally goes out first is that the harder outsole starts separating from the softer midsole, and then starts to tear apart. Unfortunately, that happened with these 20v5s in less than a week. I train aggressively, but I hoped that they would last longer given that I used them exclusively at the gym. I super-glued the piece that flapped (then tore) off back on, so hopefully I'll still get some more life out of them."

    Jan 30, 2016

    Cuts into my feet

    - Sunnyvale, CA

    "Not a fan of the burrito tongue. The stiff edge lining at the top of the tongue and around the sides and back heel cut into my feet. I had the same problem with the v3 version of the trainer. v4 is a better shoe for me. Wish they still had the v4 in my size still in stock."

    Jan 28, 2016

    Small and light weight

    - Austin, TX, USA

    "These shoes are perfect for working out, exactly what I was looking for!"

    Jan 8, 2016

    Best trainer I've ever had!

    - St. Peter, MN

    "I have a hard time with shoes, but these were ready to go right out of the box. I've used the Minimus trainers in the past, but love the support and extra cushion these provide. I will definitely get another pair before the V6 series arrives!"