Vibram® outsole provides maximum surface contact and multi-directional traction.
Overall Product Rating
67% of reviewers recommend this product
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8/11/16 by TSC | Seattle, WA
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Used Product For: 4-6 weeks
Yes, I recommend this product.
"I've been a barefoot/minimalist advocate since completing my undergraduate research study on the concept. Previously, I've bought the 4mm drop minimus for running. After gradually switching over to minimalist shoes, which takes patience and time, my mechanics have felt a lot better. I haven't been able to go back to other shoes. Since switching over from running to strength and conditioning (weightlifting and HIIT), I've been looking for a shoe gave me as much feedback as the minimus running shoe. I've had my eye on the minimus training shoes, but wasn't feeling any of the colors just yet. The Nike Free line (which is their minimalist line) had all the looks that you'd want in your shoe. I do own them. But to me, it wasn't a true minimalist shoe. Yes, there is minimal drop between the heel and the toe; there is a more spacious toe box; and (decent) flexible sole. But the sole was still cushioned. The best thing about New Balance's Minimus line, ESPECIALLY the 200 trainer, is the Vibram sole. The Vibram Sole one these trainers provide amazing feedback. It is the perfect shoe for me. I grew up and played around a lot barefoot. I am most comfortable and my body works optimally when it is barefoot. It took a long time to find a shoe that felt mechanically right while doing squats, deadlifts, anything. It is extremely light, fits like a glove, and provides the best feedback. It helps me activate what I need to activate in any given movement and exercise. It is a great shoe. Last but not least, the "Black with Toxic" aka mermaid-looking color, is just beautiful and perfect. I was never a bright shoe person. It's pretty, unique, and i get compliments on them all the time. I want to buy another pair because I love them so much. It did take some time getting used to the very little cushion. When doing sprints, i took almost two or three weeks (on top of already being somewhat used to minimal cushioning) to safely adjust my strides and control. You have no idea how much a cushion underneath you acts as shock absorbers that your own two feet are supposed to be able to do. But any minimalist enthusiast knows that. But it's an amazing shoe and wish these will last forever."
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6/12/16 by Jack Woodruff | Oakland, CA, USA
Used Product For: less than 2 weeks
"Got this and the Minimus 20v5, and prefer that. This shoe's support kind of drops out from under you in the heel, which makes it feel unsupported and awkward. And before you say "but it's a MINIMAL shoe, it's not SUPPOSED to have much support," know that I understand that, and my favorite shoes to this day are a much more minimal pair of shoes. The problem here is not that the support is too minimal, it's that it's inconsistent. I'm very happy with the minimus 20v5 though!"
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5/6/16 by julia kim | Albany, NY, USA
Used Product For: 2-4 weeks
Yes, I recommend this product.
"Wore these a few times at the gym. DEFINITELY what I wanted, which was a barefoot feel that allows for a greater range of motion in all different directions. Wouldn't recommend this for runners with bad knees, since they do not have any support!! I bought a size 6.5 which is equivalent to a women's 8. Plus, it's very sleek in design :)"
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