Verdict from 18 experts and +100 user reviews

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.
  • Some users have encountered shoe models that do not have the best build quality to represent the New Balance brand.

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. Given the praised and negative feedback, New Balance still needs to do some improvement in the Minimus Zero v2 Road.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


How New Balance Minimus Zero v2 Road ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 18% road running shoes
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Top 17% New Balance running shoes
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