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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Synthetic mesh no-sew upper
4mm heel to toe drop
Rapid Response technology and RevLite in the midsole
Vibram rubber outsole
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.