Make no mistake, this is a shoe designed for CrossFit.
The manufacturers describe it as a “stable, low-profile platform” that will aid in “efficiency in the gym” whilst also being suitable for running.
With only a 4mm drop from heel to toe, this shoe is not zero-drop but it isn’t far off it. The low-profile is a compromise, providing stability for lifts, squats and gym work, combined with protection for running and high-impact activities.
New Balance Minimus 20v3 Review
This is where the New Balance Minimus 20v3 starts to really get clever. The shoe is built around a slightly curved last, in an attempt to produce a shoe which mimics the natural shape of the foot whilst also providing some protection to it. So what?
Well, it means that the shape is a little different to a traditional shoe.
The instep height (from sole to top of foot) is lower, the forefoot area is slightly wider and the toe-box depth is a little more shallow.
The shoe cradles the foot in a natural position, encouraging improvements in running gait and stopping chafing or blisters but meaning that the right fit is essential. If at all possible, try these on before buying.
A little like a feather duvet and a glass of fine wine. Welded seams mean there’s no stitching to rub, odour resistant fabric means they can be worn without or with socks and a mesh upper allows feet to breathe, and to dry quickly. Most reviews suggest everyone loves these straight as they are.
Although these could be a shock to the system for athletes used to full-on cushioned trainers, they’re not as profound a change as moving straight to a zero-drop barefoot shoe.
- Stable, low-profile design suits weights and squats
- Some cushioning for high-impact gym work
- Lateral support for twists and turns
- Perfectly suited for short-mid distance runs. For those runners with a neutral or barefoot gait, these shoes can also perform over longer distances.
Let’s face it, the New Balance Minimus 20v3 will assist the CrossFitter as far as a shoe can.
It may not be able (quite) to actually do the CrossFit Workout during the day but it will certainly help.
There’s some suggestion that the design of the sole may not be as durable as it could be. The sole is divided into ‘lugs’, hexagonal patches with a central bump.
Whilst this provides traction, a few reports suggest that the lugs can be damaged or pull off. Although these reports are definitely in the minority, it’s something to bear in mind.
Other than this, the shoes are mesh uppers and, like any training shoe, will eventually wear out. These may wear out more quickly though, simply because they’re so comfortable that people don’t take them off!
Clocking in at 156grams (5.5oz) these are firmly in the ‘lightweight’ category.
At around $100, they’re comparable to many other decent training shoes on the market today.
So is the New Balance Minimus 20v3 a good shoe?
Short answer is yes. A very good shoe.
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