Who should buy the New Balance Minimus 20 v7 Trainer

As an addition to the brand's minimalist shoe series, the New Balance Minimus 20 v7 Trainer retains most of the technologies used in the previous version. This shoe is available for both men and women aficionados alike. It is a solid option if: 

  • Your fitness regimen involves some explosive moves, and you are after a shoe that could minimize foot slippage.
  • You are into various workouts such as weight training, plyometrics, running, burpees, and sled pushes.

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Updates to New Balance Minimus 20 v7 Trainer

  • While this version still sports a molded foam collar, the ribbed design of its predecessor has been removed.

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Multisurface grippy outsole

The New Balance Minimus 20 v7 Trainer employs a one-piece Vibram rubber outsole. This type of rubber is hard-wearing and provides traction on various types of indoor and outdoor surfaces. The compound is also non-marking which means that it does not leave scuff marks on polished floors. This grippy and durable component has also been inherited by the Minimus 40 Trainer, the more recent minimalist shoe from New Balance.

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It has three different zones that support different activities. The Lifting Zone is found at the heel and is virtually flat to provide a stable base during weight training. The forefoot features the Power Zone and Toe-off Zone, both densely packed with miniature nubs that enhance traction during plyometrics, running, burpees, and sled pushes. There are also more flex grooves that allow for flexibility in multiple directions.

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The New Balance Minimus 20 v7 Trainer's midsole

The midsole of the New Balance Minimus 20 v7 Trainer is made of REVlite. This compound is engineered to deliver the same responsiveness and durability as other foams that are 30% heavier. Though it is lightweight, it still imparts steadiness needed for lifting weights. It also attenuates shock to keep the foot comfortable during plyometrics and sprints.

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Amplified underfoot comfort

Inside is a cushioned insole that amplifies the underfoot comfort. It is lined with textile to prevent slippage inside the shoe.

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Supportive upper

The New Balance Minimus 20 v7 Trainer utilizes an upper material made of supportive nylon-infused yarn. This construction allows it to be supportive and flexible to accommodate foot movements. It also features the Meta support that amplifies the hold during side-to-side movements.

The upper has mesh windows that promote ventilation of the foot chamber. The inside is also lined with breathable fabric that contributes to the aeration of the interior.

New Balance Minimus 20 v7 Trainer Upper

Customizable fit

The trainer uses a full lace-up closure that allows users to customize the fit. The thin tongue protects the instep from the pressure created by the laces.

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Enhanced ankle mobility

The shoe has an asymmetrical collar; the medial part sits higher compared to the lateral side. This design ensures proper ankle mobility and better fit.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 194g / Women 166g
Drop: 4mm
Use: Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal / Wide
Features: Lightweight / Low drop / Minimalist
Collection: New Balance Minimus
BRAND Brand: New Balance

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Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.