Despite being marketed as a multi-tasking cross-training shoe, the New Balance Minimus 40 has the feel of a running shoe. It is a very comfortable running shoe, but not as suitable for weightlifting. The squishy soles do not provide a solid base for lifting and make it equally as hard to judge where your weight is positioned on your feet. Our reviewers did like them for jumping movements such as double unders and box jumps. The Minimus 40 shoes also performed well on rope climbs with no visible damage to the shoe. Despite their comfort, the lack of versatility caused this shoe to score low overall. If you want a comfortable shoe for running and lifting, check out our Best Buy winning Reebok Speed TR.
New Balance has confirmed with us that while the color options for this shoe have been updated, no other changes were made. Check out one of the new color schemes in the photo above.