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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 5.9oz
    Women: 4.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • New Balance uses the FantomFit technology in the upper of this model for a sock-like fit and amazing comfort.
  • Antimicrobial properties are also introduced to fight bad odor and germs.
  • It is ultra-flexible.
  • Already very light, some runners had to check their feet to make sure they still have their shoes on.
  • A few testers lauded the Minimus Zero v2 Road’s ability to promote a natural running motion.
  • The 5 different color options make it visually endearing.
  • It has an affordable price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The high ankle collar of the New Balance Minimus Zero v2 Road may bother some runners.
  • For some, it was half-a-size smaller than usual.

Bottom line

The Minimus Zero v2 Road is a minimalist shoe that offers just a hint of arch support and enough underfoot protection. The cushioning is average, but the responsive features of this shoe are truly exceptional.

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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

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Updates to New Balance Minimus Zero v2 Road

  • A thorough makeover is in store for fans of the New Balance Minimus Zero Road as featured in its 2nd iteration. The shoe is generally more minimal than before as it weighs 2.2 ounces lighter than the original version. New Balance substantially reduced the weight by doing away with the heavy mesh in favor of a sleek one-piece upper with just a few welded overlays, particularly on the medial side for enhanced midfoot hold.
  • New Balance also removed the thick and rather structured heel counter for a more flexible overlay that still wraps the foot in comfort and support. Without the stiffness of the rigid heel counter, runners can definitely feel more of the natural running motion with still enough support in their heels.
  • The Vibram outsole presents new hexagon-shaped lugs that enhance grip and durability in the shoe. New Balance makes the shoe more versatile with the new outsole and more reliable on wet surfaces.

New Balance Minimus Zero v2 Road size and fit

A very natural fit is provided by the Minimus Zero v2 Road just like in the previous model. The new edition offers the same kind of sufficient heel and forefoot rooms with a nice midfoot security. For a minimalist shoe, the wide toe box is a rarity that will delight a majority of runners. This is the type of fit that should generally be very comfortable for most runners. New Balance retails the shoe under medium widths. Sizes are standard with options between 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The hexagon shape of the Vibram outsole lugs delivers more than adequate traction and durability. Most of the areas usually impacted by wear and tear are covered in more durable carbon rubber.


Midsole

The softer sole of the New Balance Minimus Zero v2 Road plays to the strengths of the feather-light and very durable Revlite midsole foam. New Balance places this foam in the midsole as it is highly-responsive with decent cushioning that minimalist runners will love.


Upper

The new and seamless one-piece upper relies on a very breathable mesh for ventilation and strategic placement of a few overlays for enhanced support. In this version, the medial side gets a majority of the glued overlays for better support. New Balance refers to this upper technology as the FantomFit as it barely registers on the runner’s foot. A molded tongue lined with very soft fabric offers additional comfort while a traditional lace-up closure personalizes fit and comfort.