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  • 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
    $100
  • Weight
    Men: 8.3oz
    Women: 6.1oz

    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: 4mm
    Women: 4mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard, Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to New Balance Minimus 20v6 Trainer

  • The New Balance Minimus 20 v6 Trainer continues the brand’s minimalist series. It inherits the REVlite midsole for cushioning and the Vibram outsole for durability and traction. Both technologies aim to provide athletes with a barefoot-like experience throughout the workout. The Vibram outsole has also been carried over to the most recent Minimus shoe, the New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer.
  • The outsole receives a total revamp in the new model. It now features a triangular pattern for multi-directional traction. It also has clearly defined zones which accommodate various types of training activities.
  • The mesh coverage in the upper unit is now made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) instead of traditional fabric. The TPU mesh is meant to provide firmer support without adding weight to the shoe.

New Balance Minimus 20v6 Trainer size and fit

The Minimus 20 v6 Trainer is available in both men’s and women’s sizes and generally runs true to size. It comes in different width options: D - Medium and 2E - Wide for the male version and B - Medium and D - Wide for the female variety. 

Outsole

A Vibram rubber lines the underside of the Minimus 20 v6 Trainer. This compound is claimed to provide excellent traction on most types of surfaces. It is made of non-marking rubber, which means that it does not leave scuff marks on polished floors.

The outsole features a triangular tread design that promotes multi-directional movements. The treads are different in shape, size, and texture. The Lifting Zone in the heel has bigger and smoother lugs to accommodate a planted stance during squats and lifts. The Power Zone and the Toe-off Zone are densely packed with textured treads to deliver traction during plyometrics and running. The outsole also covers the toe area for enhanced protection.

Midsole

The Minimus 20 v6 Trainer uses the REVlite, a proprietary lightweight cushioning technology that has the same responsiveness and durability as heavier foams. It is designed as a low-profile platform that promotes natural stance during strength training.

Upper

A TPU material forms the mesh upper of the New Balance Minimus 20 v6 Trainer. It is a type of plastic that is durable and flexible. Its rigidity allows it to support the foot during dynamic movements.

No-sew overlays add style to the trainer. The synthetic overlay at the back area serves as an external counter that cups the heel to prevent it from sliding while the user is in motion.

A toe puff reinforces the toe box area from the inside of the shoe. It serves to protect the toes from impact during training.

It sports an asymmetrical molded foam collar which allows it to fit the back of the foot naturally. The combination of the asymmetrical collar and the burrito tongue delivers a wrapping effect that locks the foot securely in place.

The lacing system uses a combination of webbed and punched eyelets to accommodate the burrito tongue design. It holds the foot inside, preventing accidental shoe removal during workouts.


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