Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 6.4oz
    Women: 6.4oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to New Balance 200 Trainer

  • 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.

New Balance 200 Trainer size and fit

The New Balance 200 Trainer follows a unisex sizing which follows men’s sizing scheme. However, it is not true to size. Female consumers are advised to go one and a half size down while men may need to go a size up. The width of the shoe is medium. The trainer has minimal cushioning, and it is best to try it in person before purchasing to get a secure and comfortable fit.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.


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