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.
  • 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.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this July

Expert Reviews

85 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    I really like this shoe. A lot. I ran in them for my last race (the Baltimore-10-miler / 71 minutes) and they felt great the whole time. I’m always a little hesitant to run more than 10K in minimal shoes, but I had no apprehension with the minimus

  • 85 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    It works well for speed, and it handles distance nicely as well. Not sure if I’d choose it for marathon distance, but then it’s been a year since I’ve run 20+ miles in one run, and I’ve been running more and more in zero drop shoes of late, so I would no discount the idea.

  • 84 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    These are a little different than any other shoe I have on my rack right now and are a fun shoe to run in for some of my lower mileage runs.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    After initially unboxing the shoe and visually inspecting it the Minimus 10 looks just like the first version of the Minimus trail.

  • 79 / 100 | Gearist | | Level 5 expert

    One of the things that kind of threw me about this shoe’s ride is the fact that you can feel the honeycomb structure underfoot. This is especially the case in longer runs.

  • 95 / 100 | iRunFar | | Level 4 expert

    I can’t say enough good things about the upper and for those looking for proprioception on the roads with minimal cushioning this shoe is it. 

Become an expert

  • 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.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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