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New Balance MX20 Reviews

104 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

92%Rated 5 stars

8%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

40% "Felt true to size"

82% "Felt true to width"

52% "No arch support"

92 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 8/24/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Needed all around Crossfit shoe that didn't get squirrelly with lateral movement. Went for a half size big which was correct. Takes a few weeks to wear in compared to Nike Frees. Much better shoe for Oly lifts, tire flips, shuttle runs etc. I still put on my Chucks for deads and squats just out of habit. I went for a 2 mile run yesterday focusing on position and felt good. I've been waiting for a shoe like this for a while.

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12 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 5/24/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

I just got these shoes -- I've been wearing them for just a couple of hours now, most of that time sitting -- and already I've encountered one insurmountable problem. This shoe suffers from the same flaw that someone mentioned in a review of the New Balance MT20V2's: the inner sole/footpad/whatever you call it does not extend all the way up to the front of the shoe. This creates a "ridge" directly underneath your big toe. Your toe rubs against this ridge when you walk/run and it creates a great deal of irritation. It's safe to say continuing to wear these shoes will result in blisters unless you already have nicely callused feet. This is an unbelievable oversight for a shoe designed to be worn without socks. There are other minor problems. Although I ordered a wide and the toe box is adequate enough, the middle area is still narrow. This results in the shoe lace area being awkwardly wide and you have to carefully arrange the tongue to avoid exposing skin. The shoe also isn't quite as 'minimal' as other shoes out there. It's light, but not quite as light, it's not quite as flexible, it doesn't quite give you the same feel for the terrain, and the soles don't have quite the same grip as those shoes with the Vibram outsole. If you really want to buy New Balance, I'd recommend the original MT20 (not the V2's) if you can find them. That was a great shoe, but be warned that it runs very small. Get at least a half size larger than you normally would. I personally am getting turned off by New Balance because they have an irritating habit of discontinuing their most popular shoes, than coming up with a "similar" model that happens to cost 20-40% more.

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 20, 2012

Nick

from St Paul, MN

I bought these shoes specifically for Crossfit and am thrilled with their performance. Very comfortable, the sole is stiff enough to feel solid on lifts but flexible enough for box jumps and running. Great all-around shoe for WODs! I did order up a half size based on the reviews and that was the right fit for me. I wear socks with them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 20, 2012

Anonymous

 

I really liked the comfort and fit of this shoe. As a marathon runner myself I really enjoyed the support from these shoes as well. I hope you all enjoyed them as well.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 18, 2012

Anonymous

from Menands, New York

Amazing shoes! Super lightweight and mega comfy! I am a woman who wears wide width but couldn't find any cross trainers in wide width in womens that I liked. So I checked out the mens and they are fabulous! They are more unisex looking in my opinion.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 3, 2012

Drew

from Riverside, CA

This shoe is awesome for weightlifting. It is extremely flat in the sole, which helps give you better balance. I use it purely for lifting, I have tried walking in them for long periods of time and find that they are not that comfortable for that purpose. I still give it a high rating for the fact it has been excellent for what I use them for.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 2, 2012

Anonymous

 

These shoes are pretty awesome. Super light-weight and they come in wide sizes! I'm very glad NB made fun-looking shoes in wide.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 8, 2012

Jeremy

from Memphis, TN

I just got these shoes and really really like them. I have wide feet and these shoes in 9.5 EE fit great for width. In all my other shoes I wear size 9, so these run about half a size smaller. Very comfortable shoes, good tractions, and works great for running when you strike with your forefoot first.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 5, 2012

John s

from Lafayette Hill, PA

Purchased specifically to use in gym for lifting and elliptical trainer. This was a big purchase decision as it represents a significant change in shoe style and philosophy. Extremely comfortable from the outset. Felt like wearing slippers. On the elliptical, flexibility created a more natural rolling of foot. Also, because they are not so high in back, had no issues with numbness in lower legs. Uses muscles on elliptical differently. Felt almost like switching to a new style of elliptical trainer or to a stairmaster (not a bad change, but noticeable). In the end (following a week of use, include 60 minute workout today), I believe these are a winner. Do wish the color was a little toned down. Color is a little too superhero blue. I normally wear NB 7.5 2E (measured at NB store). Bought these in 8 2E and they fit with workout socks. Had I gone to barefoot, 7.5 2E would probably have been fine.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 4, 2012

Anonymous

 

I just received the MX20s from Zappos earlier this week. I could not be more impressed with the overall look and feel (weight/flexibility) of the shoes when I took them out of the box. I looked all over the web looking for shoes that could double as a minimal for crossfit and running. I was debating between the MT10s and Inov8 210s, and decided on these. I do not wear socks when wearing the MX20s and find them comfortable with a little wiggle room near my toes. Sizing half a size size larger than my normal size was definitely the right choice. The shoes have great flexibility for running crossfit sprints, box jumps, and dead lifts. But they are also are sturdy enough when running. These are great shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 20, 2011

David C

from United States

These feel great, look great, but sadly I got them in my normal size, which was half a size too small. My toe hit right up against the tip, which is a bad sign. Overall, I would definitely get these again. I am going to try to return them for a new, half-size up.

Brands I'd also recommend: Reebok, Nike

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 29, 2011

Mike D

from United States

Love 'em! I'm not a runner, but I am on a quest for the flat, most simple shoe out there. This pair might be it . I originally ordered a standard size, they were a bit too snug. (thanks to Zappos free shipping) I reordered a wide that fit great. There's plenty of room for my toes to splay when they hit the ground. Try 'em Buy 'em either way, great shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 26, 2011

Luc S

from United States

Low profile New Balance trainer sneaker for those who love the barefoot minimalist shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 19, 2011

Anonymous

from Valley Center

Absolutely awesome crossfit shoes! I would say they run a full size small. I normally were a 9-1/2 and ordered 10s. but found I can't wear them with socks - even thin ones. But these shoes feel fantastic to work out in without socks, so decided to keep them and am very glad I did. I use them exclusively for Crossfit and find that for lifting they give me lots of room in the toes and fantastic contact with the ground...they also feel great for box jumps and jump rope - they are really feather weight and are very flexible for exercises where you have to transition from the ground to something else, like burpies. I've run 3 miles in the them without problems, but for WODs with lots of running, I switch to a more supportive running-biased shoe. For everything else, these are my favorite. Very "minimalist" shoe as the name implies - so you really do "feel" more than more cushioned shoes, but that is what makes these a great all around workout shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 14, 2011

Anonymous

 

I love these shoes. They're the first "minimalistic" pair I've owned, but I'm a believer. I struggle with plantar fasciitis, so I wear them with over-the-counter orthotics (Superfeet) and feel as though I wear them all day, every day.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 11, 2011

Cameron W

from United States

These are great for Crossfit and make me look like a champ. Nice and flat, great for lifting and other Crossfit activities.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 9, 2011

C F

from Pa

It took two months of looking and finally chose the MX20. Low key, minimal not loud/gaudy/showy. These are plain sneakers that are actually designed for athletics. I read that the shoe runs small. So I contacted Zappos and the customer service woman said I should probably order my size, which is 9½D. The shoes arrived and I could hardly fit in them without socks. They were way too small. So I called Zappos again and a lovely woman there helped me to decide on a whole size larger, 10½. She sent out my order immediately and it arrived the very next day! The new size fits perfectly but still very snug with socks. They are too new to judge them, but I am extremely happy with them the incredible service I received from Zappos. So I definitely recommend to order a larger size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 5, 2011

Bret

from Bellevue

Use these shoes exclusively for Crossfit. Love them. Lightweight yet durable. I tried the MT101's, but these are better. Wouldn't go for a long run in them, but for 800M and less they are great.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 28, 2011

James F

from SF, CA

Excruciatingly comfortable as a walk-around shoe; I haven't done any running in them, but will most definitely be buying more pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 26, 2011

Anonymous

from Colorado Springs, CO

All in all a great shoe. I use them for running and gym activity and couldn't be happier. They are extremely light and flexible and give you the right kind of support. I have the blue ones and they look great as well. I highly recommend them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 24, 2011

Davey D

from Boss

These shoes are so light, they feel weightless. They are very comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Great Support

2 people found this review helpful  

September 23, 2011

EA

 

Love these shoes. Comfortable, light, and stylish. I usually wear anything from size 8.5-9, so it seems like NB shoes run larger smaller than the size they are marked.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 11, 2011

Anonymous

from San Diego, California

I'm heavy, have wide feet and walk 5-10 miles per day. I also travel frequently and always pack a pair of walking shoes. I've been wearing M993s for several years, and they perform well, but they are very bulky and difficult to cram into a carry-on bag. I bought the MX20s in the hopes the the lower-profile and lighter weight would help, and it does. The shoes are surprisingly comfortable on the long walks, though maybe a bit harder on my knees with the diminished cushioning. I bought a half-size larger based on other reviews, but a full-size larger might have been better. I haven't owned the shoes long enough to judge their durability. I'm not keen on the vibrant blue color. I would prefer a quiet, neutral, low-profile color like grey.

Brands I'd also recommend: Sanuk, Vibram (Five Fingers)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

September 9, 2011

Andres A

from Houston, TX

This is an amazing cross training shoe, have used them for a month and have been wonderful. Can really tell a difference when working out how you are using more of your feet for stability and control. Given I have recently gone through ACL surgery I wanted a shoe that would help me with my PT to reinforce my stability and it has been a wonderful shoe. Would definitely recommend it to others. Since this shoe can be worn with or without socks its a shoe that should fit snugly on your feet and it fit true to size for me.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 22, 2011

Anonymous

from Corona, CA

I have been waiting for these shoes for a long time. First heard about them a few months ago. I hate bulky shoes and was excited when minimus line was coming out with a trainer. Have had them for about a week now and they are great. Lightweight, comfortable, and stylish. The blue color is awesome. I normally wear a 10 but I went with 10.5 and they fit great. I have wide feet so I also tried the wide but they are too wide, so I kept the medium. They do seem to stretch out a bit. Overall a good shoe from the limited time I used them.

Brands I'd also recommend: Inov-8 F-lite 230

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 28, 2012

L. B

from Santa Maria, Ca

After having these shoes for about two months and using these for CrossFit mainly and a run here and there. I do like these shoes. I normally wear a 13 in most shoes, but with these I say bump up one full size. I have flat arches and weigh around 220 pounds. I would not recommend these for running more than a 5K. Other than that they are good to go.

Brands I'd also recommend: Inov 8 230s and 195s

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 16, 2011

Anonymous

from Orange County, CA

Size runs small- a half size larger would solve the problem, but not available in a 13.5! It’s too tight across the toe area. A good looking shoe and the weight is perfect.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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