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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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 194 ratings

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4 star
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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • 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

  • 88 / 100 by Runner's World • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    Although the Vibram outsole offered a modicum of protection and plenty of responsiveness, the extremely lightweight and flexible shoe wasn't enough for more than short runs for most testers.

  • 85 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • 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 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • 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.

  • 79 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • 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.

  • 76 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    Its light weight and overall comfort provide a nice ride, but long-term durability of the outsole area may be questionable with high mileage use.

  • 95 / 100 by iRunFar • Tom Caughlan • 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. 

  • 92 / 100 by Running Competitor • Running Competitor • Level 4 expert

    The Zero fits almost as if it’s been painted on your skin

  • 87 / 100 by Men's Health • Men's Health • Level 4 expert

    For a minimalist shoe, the MR10’s upper is surprisingly luxurious.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    Love the fit. It just wraps around foot very well. For me, this shoe doesn't feel like it has any padding. It's fine on grass but just too minimal on the road. If you want to really feel the road, almost literally, this is your shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jim Coulson • Level 4 expert

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

  • 77 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    I think New Balance is going after the masses of runners who have not transitioned to minimal shoes yet and those who would like to transition slowly.

  • 95 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Stein • Level 3 expert

    Very flexible and very natural. These shoes feel awesome. They felt so good casually walking around that I was tempted to run without socks, but the blister incident scared me. For distances past 5K or 10K, you will need to listen to your body and be aware of your foot and leg strengths.

  • 94 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Jenny • Level 3 expert

    The Minimus exceeded any expectations I had for it. I should’ve known better than to judge a book by its cover

  • 75 / 100 by Running Monkey • Running Monkey • Level 3 expert

    There's nothing in the way of an 'Achilles notch' (the indent often found at the rear of the heel) which is a personal preference, particularly when it comes to the more pointed-toe forefoot strike, but comfort here was still more than adequate.

  • 90 / 100 by Gear Patrol • Gear Patrol • Level 1 expert

    A truly minimal shoe, with excellent traction and durability.

  • 89 / 100 by Men's Fitness • Eyun • Level 1 expert

    These shoes are a solid pick for someone who wants to start/ease into the minimalist shoe craze. Totally worth the money.

  • 88 / 100 by Wired • Steven Leckart • Level 1 expert

    Wearing these in the gym during balancing exercises, I was able to feel my arches straining and struggling.

  • 88 / 100 by Strength Running • Jason Fitzgerald • Level 1 expert

    When running in the Minimus Road, I found the ride fairly firm. I like that, so it worked well. 

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World • Anthony Carino • Level 1 expert

    Well, obviously with a 'minimal shoe' we really can't expect much in this area. However, the mid-foot cushioning really helps with longer miles on the road and may even lead itself to a longer lifetime of use. My legs and feet fared extremely well in comparison with similar mileage totals on earlier models.

  • 85 / 100 by Best Walking Shoe Reviews • Dave Timberwolf • Level 1 expert

    I highly recommend Minimus runners or call them walkers to anyone who values exercise and their feet.

  • 82 / 100 by Dr. Nick's Running Blog • Nick • Level 1 expert

    For some reason it just feels different to me. I love to wear it as a casual shoe. Definitely good for some training runs, but might be too much shoe for me to run fast in.

  • 81 / 100 by Run And Become • Petra Kasperova • Level 1 expert

    I have been using Vibram FiveFingers for quite a while and this is the only shoe I can comfortably wear now.

  • 79 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Adam B • Level 1 expert

    The only reported criticism was that the upper mesh seems that it might be slightly delicate – fuzzing a bit after 50 or so miles.

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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.