2. New Balance Minimus 20v6
These minimal (get it? Minimus?) shoes are one of my favorites from this group. I really dig the lightweight and the innovative “burrito” tongue: Instead of a separate tongue in the middle that slides around while jumping in the gym, one side of the upper is longer and wraps around the top of your foot to snugly hold it in without shifting around.
The Minimus also features a foam collar that helps support your ankle and heel—it feels light and snug, although sometimes it feels a little tight across the top of my foot even if I didn’t really crank down the laces that much. The toe box is nice and roomy, plus well-ventilated for my sweaty feet.
The Vibram outsole is solid and just sticky enough to give great traction without being to soft to harm your lifts, and the REVlite midsole is soft enough to give a slight amount of give. I do wish these had a little more heel support, but overall this is a great pick for those who like nimble, but supportive shoes in the gym.
Sizing: True to size
Drop from heel to forefoot: 4 mm
Weight: 235 grams
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