Minimus x20v3 – (corrected price of $119.95 CDN – I previously had them at$159 CDN)
Back in March, I received this pair New Balance cross-trainers as a gift from New Balance. No, this is not a paid review. I did not even have to do this review, but I thought I should because people always ask me about running or training shoes. But’s really hard to give you my opinion because I don’t own too many of them =/ I have my running shoes (Nike Lunarlites, which I also love) and my old Nike Free’s (that I didn’t really like, but I love the way they look). The Minimus are my first pair of New Balance, and I know they won’t be my last :)
First, let’s talk about the colour. The line comes in a bright colours (like mine, or a lime green/blue one), but if you like darker colours, they have some subtle ones like in black/pink.
What I really love about these shoes is that New Balance teamed up with Vibram to create them (you know, those 5-toe shoes that look weird, but you’ve always been curious to try them?) Well, now you can have the same benefits of a “barefoot” shoe without the ugly 5 toes (yup, I said it) and with a little bit more support on the arch of your foot. These shoes are incredibly comfortable (broke them in after only 2 wears and the only hard part was the back of it kept rubbing on my Achilles heel. You can probably avoid this if you wear longer socks, but I tend to wear ankle socks and so the shoes rubbed against my heel (you can even see it in the above photo lol).
The structure is hard to explain. The bottom of the shoe feels very stable and IT FEELS AMAZING TO DO SQUATS AND DEADLIFTS IN THEM! But the top is definitely more “airy” so my feet don’t ever feel like they’re being suffocated.
They are true to size and are my go-to pair for training. I would not recommend them for running (maybe a 3k or so) because they didn’t give me enough stability. They’re not a running shoe! They are made for training, so they’re perfect for when you’re at the gym or at home doing workouts. They also feel great for walking!
I found this video of Trish Stratus (I loooove her!) – she’s an ambassador for New Balance – and it made my really happy that her and I both love this shoe for doing squats!
Overall, I am in love with these shoes! The best shoes I’ve ever worn training and I adore the bright colour. Highly recommended! I would suggest trying them on in store and walking around with them or do some squats. You’ll definitely feel the difference!