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The New Balance 20v4 minimalist shoe combines a close-to-barefoot experience with versatile performance. Featuring a durable Vibram® outsole, REVlite cushioning, no-sew upper overlays for comfort and stability, and an anti-microbial treatment to resist odor, this gym shoe is perfect for sprints or weight training. Colors: Steel + Orca + Chemical Green
- Package Dimensions: 14.7 x 9.5 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- ASIN: B00LNPZUNS
- Item model number: MX20CG4
- Date first available at Amazon.com: June 2, 2016
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They are comfortable enough to wear in the weight room and stable enough to give good support while doing compound lifts such as bench press, squat, dead lift, and any other lift that requires a push against them. One problem I had when they were new out of the box was the lack of traction. Most weight rooms I've experienced don't have super clean floors, so the dust would cause them to slip. I fixed this by wearing them on concrete and "scuffing" the bottoms up slightly. This gave me much better traction on the gym floor.
They are NOT great for me when it comes to running, jumping, or any impact exercises. They offer very little cushion and are relentless on my shins and arches. I would not recommend them for running in.
They are very stylish and have a minimal but "cool" look to them. They're also very well ventilated and keep your feet feeling comfortable from a temperature perspective.
Overall, I would recommend these shoes for weight lifters and for those who only do low-impact exercises. For running or cross-training, I'd stick with something with a little more support and cushion.
Pros: These shoes tighten around your arch and heel like they were meant to be together. When I go running (street or trail) I can feel the grip of the Vibram soles and i've used them for some basic parkour to test the rubber friction as well. The toebox is slightly wider than i'm used too, I had a pair of Merrell Street Gloves before this and I'm overall more impressed with the New Balance shoes in comparison. The rubber covers the cloth over the toes which was a big concern of mine as my big toe has dug a hole in the cloth on top of the last few shoes i've had. I've had these for almost 6 months now and there is barely any wear and tear.
Cons: Toebox is slightly larger than i'm used too, caused a couple of blisters when I first got them but the shoes has adjusted well to my feet after use. I have to consistently pull the laces to retighten the shoes every week as they keep getting loose, but I use them quite frequently for weight lifting, running, and parkour.
Final Verdict: Buy them, for the price these shoes perform incredibly well, with a high friction rubber that also offers slight impact absorption whenever I take a bad landing in parkour. Overall, these are the best multi purpose training shoes i've owned in comparison with Merrell Street Gloves, Nike Minimalist shoes, and Under Armour Minimalist shoes. They are also the cheapest pair i've owned. Well done New Balance.
These shoes are a good, cheap option for heavy lifters like myself. I could definitely feel a difference in support while squatting when wearing these, as opposed to my normal athletic, running style sport shoe I was using before.
If you're doing compound lifting exercises, especially deadlifts and squats, you can't beat these lower priced shoes, as anything else is more niche and expensive.
I see reports of people complaining about the shoes falling apart quickly and they just might if you're using as your everyday shoe. Again, I wouldn't wear these out, but I love them in my garage home gym.
The hard, flat sole and wide toe box provide excellent stability for deadlifts, presses, power cleans, etc. While I still prefer a proper Olympic lifting shoe when squatting heavy, the NB Minimus is great for metcons. They are extremely light, and the ventilation keeps my feet cool, minimizing sweat. These weigh less than my old Inov-8 F-lite 240 Shoe, yet they grip the floor better and feel more stable when I am lifting weight.
On the negative side, the Minimus has very little cushion. While this doesn't bother me for box jumps, shuttle runs and sprints, I definitely would not want to run long distances in these shoes. My shins ache after jumping rope for 4-5 minutes, and I will choose different footwear the next time Murph gets programmed.
I have not experienced any problems with the Vibram sole becoming detached, but I have only worn these shoes for about 2 months, and I have never used them for rope climbs.
In terms of style, the black ones with gold lettering are way better looking than any of the 3 pairs of Nanos I've gone though in the past few years.