- Though some may think of it as just a fad, humans have been running barefoot since the beginning of time, and many athletes have won gold medals sans running shoes. Barefoot practitioners believe that runners aren’t the only ones who can benefit from not wearing anything on their feet. They think that the feet can better adjust to weight bearing, jumping or squatting when barefoot because they are more stable on a flat surface.
- Though it has its benefits, not everyone is ready to throw their shoes away, so they opt for minimalist shoes that offer a close-to-barefoot experience such as the New Balance 200 Trainer.
- The 200 Trainer features a Vibram outsole. It doesn’t have a traditional midsole construction. This design keeps the foot as close to the ground as possible while still offering excellent traction on most surfaces.
- The upper uses a combination of textile and TPU which allows it to be breathable, flexible and supportive all at the same time.
The 200 Trainer features a Vibram outsole. The brand is known for its rubber bottoms that deliver exceptional grip on most types of surfaces. This compound also has one of the highest degrees of abrasion resistance.
It features a tread pattern that enhances traction of the rubber and supports multidirectional movements.
Flex grooves allow the sole unit to bend and flex naturally with the foot.
The 200 Trainer is designed to provide an almost barefoot experience that’s why it does not have a dedicate midsole. However, it does have a thin foam insole that provides minimal cushioning for shock absorption.
The New Balance 200 Trainer features a breathable textile upper to ensure that the foot is kept fresh during grueling workouts. The thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) overlays fortify the fabric. TPU is a lightweight yet firm material which gives the shoe its structure. It provides protection and support to the foot without adding weight to the footwear.
The shoe has an asymmetrical, molded foam collar that delivers a natural fit. The medial side is slightly higher to prevent the foot from rolling inwards, but not too high that it impedes the movement of the ankle.
This model uses a burrito tongue, which means only one side opens to accommodate the foot. This style creates a wrapping effect that better secures the instep when tightening the flat laces.
Lining the inside a breathable, smooth fabric that delivers a comfortable in-shoe feel even when not wearing socks.