Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Some users reported that the New Balance Minimus 20 v6 Trainer was comfortable.
  • Many fitness aficionados recommended using it for workouts, specifically weight training, because they deemed the minimalist sole to be sturdy.
  • Several buyers were happy with the fit and sizing of the shoe.
  • A commenter appreciated the burrito tongue as it made the foot feel secured.
  • A good number of owners adored the style of the trainer.
  • The lightweight nature of the footwear was lauded by a number of testers.
  • A few wearers enjoyed the grippy outsole.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few owners were not delighted with the stiff upper and sole units.
  • Some did not like the burrito tongue as it felt uncomfortable in the instep area.

Bottom line

The New Balance Minimus 20 v6 Trainer pleased a lot of training enthusiasts with its comfort, style, and lightweight construction. The sole of the shoe also worked well for weight training. On the whole, it was found to be a solid option for the fans of minimalist footwear.

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Good to know

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 a more recent Minimus shoe, the New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer.

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.

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.

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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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.