New Balance Minimus 40

This shoe is a part of the Minimus collection from New Balance which means that as far as cushioning goes, this shoe has the maximum cushioning of a traditional athletic shoe. This shoe was designed to provide durability, traction, comfort needed for tough workouts that involved running, jumping and strength based movements.

Each kind of training requires different features in a shoe, for example, heavy lifting shoes require a stable heel and a high drop sometimes, running shoes require cushioning to protect the joints and knees. The Minimus 40 claims to have the best of many worlds by providing stability and cushioning to support most cross-training activities.

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Pros & Cons

Versatile for almost aspects of crossfit, HIIT, kickboxing and light weight lifting

Good grip thanks to the Vibram outsole

Flexible and responsive midsole due to Revlite and Rapid response technology



Compression effect of the midsole may not be suited for serious weightlifting

Key Features
The outsole of the Minimus 40 features a durable Vibram outsole that is known for its amazing grip in any kind of training environment. Vibram is one of the most popular materials for outsoles known for its durability under any condition. Made from hard vulcanized rubber, this outsole provides a great grip that anyone working with weights in the gym can appreciate.

As this shoe is not geared towards outdoor activity, the tread pattern is kept moderate and there are no lugs which would have just added on to the weight. This keeps the shoe from feeling clunky and keeps it at a desirable structure.
The midsole features Revlite technology which is lighter than standard midsole foams in the market. When this material is married to a soft, no-sew, seamless upper, the show becomes very light. Revlite foam is durable, responsive and long-lasting yet allows the show to have a reduced weight compared to a lightweight trainer.

The Minimus 40 also uses a Rapid Rebound cushioning which is a full-length foam. This springy and responsive material comforts the foot and launches you forward in your exercises.

Inside the shoe is the Minimus removable footbed for lots of cushioning and underfoot comfort. With any kind of functional fitness shoe, the toe box remains very important. There is a little bit of play in the toe box allowing for the toes to breathe. The superior cushioning keeps the break-in period minimum with many reviewers feeling comfortable on the first try itself.
You can see this shoe feature a brand new woven synthetic upper. The upper features TPU reinforcements on both sides of the shoe that holds the foot inside securely. The upper is reinforced with rubber overlays that offer greater support and structure to the forefoot and is durable enough to not tear easily. You can see the synthetic material in the front for durability and the thermoplastic polyurethane at the back for support. The tongue doesn’t slip and is secured with flat laces that can loop in the upper.
The New Balance Minimus 40 weighs 10.2 ounces for a men’s size 9 and 8 ounces even for women’s size 7. This is quite lightweight for a training shoe that can handle multiple activities like weight lifting, plyometrics, HIIT, kickboxing and more. Since you are going to be carrying weights, you wouldn’t want to be weighed down by your own equipment. All reviewers seemed to be very happy with the light weight of the shoe and many said that this helped them sail through tough exercises like burpees, box jumps and more.
Even the best athletes great sweaty after a good workout in the gym and it’s best to choose equipment that will help the athlete focus on the workout rather than distracting elements like the heat. The Minimus 40 comes through in term of good breathability as the mesh upper makes this shoe feel cool and lightweight.

It does have synthetic material at the toes but a significant no-sew mesh upper makes up for its moderate ventilation. There is a removable insole which provides enough cushioning and softness that you can choose to not wear socks and add to the heat.
The Minimus 40 features a thin but extremely soft midsole made with Rapid Rebound technology. Made from a modified EVA, the midsole is comfortable enough to do all kinds of exercises in and also provides cushioning for short-distance running. While weightlifting, your feet presses down on the midsole, compressing it almost completely and giving a good rebound. Reviewers did mention that the shoes are narrow and you may have to go a size up.
New Balance has taken a simple approach to style and construction with the Minimus 40. This shoe comes in 4 colorways in shades of grey, black and blue. The branding elements are also quite subtle unlike Nike or Adidas with their logo being found in many areas on their shoe. Of course, some customers make buying decisions based on the flashiness of the brand and might not find the Minimus 40 appealing enough.

You can find the letter N to symbolize New Balance on the sole of the shoe. The upper is simple with not many elements and its no-sew mesh upper bring continuity and stretch to the shoe.
Cross-training exposes the body to pressures that are quite different from running marathons or speed racing. It involves a lot of jumping, lateral movements, quick direction changes and bearing the load of heavyweights. This is why good cross training shoes are made of premium materials and priced higher than casual running shoes. Durability is an important factor to check before buying a cross-training shoe as you don’t want it to disintegrate within a few workouts.

The Vibram outsole has a reputation for being long-lasting and reviewers have supported this claim. Even after powerlifting, jumping rope, kicking and other activities, the outsole holds up quite well. Some reviewers felt that the upper was not as durable and it did show signs of wearing down sooner than the outsole. These shoes are not meant for long-distance running or hiking so using them on these activities will fast track their disintegration.
It’s important for a CrossFit shoe to provide lateral stability to prevent the feet from shifting over the edges causing injuries. This is likely to happen as the hips create torque shifting the body weight from the knees to outside the feet. The Minimus 40 makes arrangements to prevent this from happening through its TPU enhanced upper which almost forms a cage to hold the foot securely.

This shoe does not need much in terms of protection on the upper from external elements like debris nevertheless. The outsole has a surprising role to play as it keeps you stable on your foot no matter how much weight you are carrying. For short, however, they are super light and maintain traction on turns. Also the minimal cushioning is just enough to prevent any soreness on the balls of the feet.
Responsiveness in a shoe will help a CrossFit athlete perform better as energy return from the feet will help change directions, put force into the next repetition without exerting the body and make adjustments to motion. The rapid rebound midsole and 4mm drop work together to provide great energy return while running, jumping, shifting directions with ease. The midsole features the Rapid Rebound technology which was created with responsiveness in mind. This foam is much more springy than other ordinary midsole material.

It is a fallacy to think that exceptionally cushioned shoes are not responsive as this shoe does both jobs efficiently. While the Revlite material brings comfort to the shoe, the Rapid Rebound provides a bounce with each stride.

While it feels like there is a good amount of cushioning in the midsole, it is pretty thin and compresses straight down. This means that you will not lose a lot of power in your lifts. One reviewer commented that these shoes were amazingly responsive for box jumps, burpees, and double unders.

However, heavy lifting will not require too much responsiveness and this can throw them off balance. Stability is a higher requirement and serious competitive lifters will find other shoes meeting their needs.
This is a minimal shoe staying true to its name and gives up some supportive features for greater responsiveness and breathability. For most people, this trade-off is alright if their workout involves bodyweight exercises, light weights, and jumping movements.

The stretchable upper and cushioned Revlite midsole allows for greater lateral movements than many other competing cross-training shoes. Mesh is known for its ability to adapt to different foot types and wrapping them within the shoe. This combined with the TPU overlays brings a supportive fit to the forefoot, keeping the foot in the shoe no matter how grueling your workout can get. The lacing system is standard but does a decent job in allowing customized fit without pressure in the ankles. Because the midsole is so comfortable and the heel stable, this shoe can be worn after the gym too.
Designed primarily for cross-training, this shoe also supports weight lifting, HIIT workouts, Calisthenics, and short runs. Reviewers have enjoyed this shoe during squats, deadlifts and box jumps because of the good ground feel it provides.

New Balance is known for its running shoes and this shoe also incorporates some of the famed features to make it good for short runs on the road. They are cushioned enough with responsive features to allow runners to run a few miles in them.

When hearing the term Vibram outsole, we immediately associate it with a strong grip on difficult terrain. Made of abrasion-resistant rubber and high-quality components, outsoles made of Vibram are known for their firm grip on a variety of surfaces whether rocky or wet. They were first used on Mountaineering boots thus we can be assured of no slippage on gym floors. The outsole enables gym-goers to take on heavyweights with confidence and can handle all sorts of equipment.

As many fitness enthusiasts would know, Burpees involve a mash of different activities from jumping, pushups to core strength and reviewers found that this grip allowed them to transition from one activity to another with ease. The traction is nice and grippy though you can depress the outsole more than other shoes in the market. We found it to be grippier than the Metcon and about the same as the ReebokNano.
The Minimus 40 is quite flexible mostly due to its midsole. Featuring RevLite technology, the material is made from refined EVA material that allows for cushioning with amazing bounce. As we mentioned, ground feel is important in cross-training for stability and better workouts and the addition of this material and a low drop allows for a good feel for the ground is important.

We found the Vibram outsole to be flexible during everything from weight lifting to high-intensity intervals. This shoe still felt nimble in direction-changing plyometrics or jumps.

The Minimus 40 is not the most stable shoe in the market as its design it more focused on comfort and response. The Revlite midsole is flexible and only slightly firm. As with most shoes with an engineered mesh, the upper holds the foot securely with the help of TPU overlays. The heel collar is simple and keeps the ankle from popping in and out. The standard lacing system helps provide a custom fit to the midfoot. Lateral stability is where this shoe shines and movements are secured by the midsole and the reinforced upper.
The New Balance Minimus 40 Trainer features a low drop of 4mm. This neutral shoe provides a good ground-feel which many cross-trainers feel is important while lifting. Most CrossFit shoes of today are minimalist with low drops which many claims helps in maintaining a proper posture and distributes weight equally on the wide last.
Key Features

      Synthetic mesh no-sew upper
      4mm heel to toe drop
      Rapid Response technology and RevLite in the midsole
      Vibram rubber outsole
The price of this shoe is in line with other good training shoes in the market. Being versatile and usable in lots of activities like running, jogging, jumping, boxing, kicking, HIIT, calisthenics, this shoe is a good value for money as you don’t have to buy shoes for each activity.
Bottom Line
If your workouts demand more flexibility out of your shoe than stability, the Minimus 40 is a good choice for you. With a responsive midsole, breathable upper, lightweight construction, this shoe performs well in high-intensity workouts, jumps, and gymnastics. If running is something you enjoy doing and you are also a cross-fitter, then this shoe is a good all-around shoe.

Although reviewers liked this shoe, the would still use Metcon and Nanos for serious competitions. This shoe is quite similar to Nike’s Metcon DSX. If you’re looking for something different for your regular workouts with a little more cushioning, this shoe is worthy of attention.
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By Abbie Copeland
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