Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
Good to know
As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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91 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
92 / 100 by As Many Reviews As Possible • Joel "joelxfit" Te • Level 5 expert
When it comes dowm to everyday training...the New Balance Minimus 40 is probably the best that you're gonna get.
95 / 100 by The Morning Drive With DamianJay • Damian Jay • Level 2 expert
I'll have to say it's a damn good shoe. It's damn good all way around.
80 / 100 by OutdoorGearLab • OutdoorGearLab • Level 1 expert
While not as stable on heavy squats and cleans as top performers like the Nike Metcon 3, the New Balance Minimus 40 performed well under moderate loads for lots of repetitions.
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Updates to New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer
- The New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer is a minimalist workout shoe that was crafted to suit the various needs of cross-training aficionados. It features a woven synthetic mesh upper to keep the foot ventilated during vigorous exercises. The synthetic rubber reinforcements and an external TPU heel clip give structure to the façade and support the foot throughout the movement.
- This shoe is marketed as the most run-friendly Minimus training shoe due to the minimal, yet responsive cushioning. It is delivered through the proprietary Rapid Rebound foam, as well as the REVlite compound in the heel.
- A 4 mm heel-to-toe differential offers a relatively flat disposition. It helps in keeping the foot stable during lifts and lateral movements. A low-profile construction offers a more sensitive ground contact.
- The trainer employs the Vibram® rubber outsole for multidirectional traction and enhanced durability.
New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer size and fit
The New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer is offered in both men and women’s versions. Lengthwise, it follows standard training shoe measurements. A range of full and half sizes is available from 7 to 15 for men and 5 to 12 for women. The width profiles are standard and wide: gentlemen can choose between D – Medium and 2E – Wide, and ladies can take a pick between B – Medium and D – Wide. The shoe is meant to be close-fitting.
The Minimus 40 Trainer utilizes a Vibram® rubber outsole to provide athletes with boosted multi-directional traction and protection against abrasion. The sole extends to the lateral and medial sides for added lateral stability and security.
The geometrical flex grooves throughout the unit make sure that the natural flexibility of the foot is not hindered.
The New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer uses the Rapid Rebound foam for a cushioned and responsive ride. It is claimed to give more energy return than the standard foam.
The REVlite technology features a foam compound for extra shock absorption in the heel section. The material is 30% lighter than other New Balance foams, but it offers the same responsiveness and durability.
The upper unit is made up of a woven synthetic mesh to provide a lightweight and breathable coverage. It is also designed to be flexible, bending along with the foot without creating any pressure points.
The shoe is reinforced with synthetic rubber overlays for more structured support and protection against wear and tear.
A molded external heel cup is made of a lightweight and sturdy TPU material to hold the rear firmly in place throughout the training session.