What first struck me, besides the striking lizard-like green and blue colour combination, was the low profile design. Being a Minimus model, it features a low 4mm heel-to-toe drop and it’s definitely not a heavy shoe. The size UK10 test pair showed 226g on our digital scale (per shoe). It’s also super-flexible with the fold in half test performed with ease.
Inspired by a molecule, New Balance say they have minimised the midsole while increasing the velocity of the Ionix pods on the outsole, providing a plush, lightweight underfoot with enhanced flexibility and cushioning.
It’s an appealing shoe for those who want to make the transition to minimalist running. It’s drop isn’t that dramatic and it offers decent cushioning for a minimalist shoe.
I found the 3090v2 very comfortable, especially around the tongue area where it sat nice and comfy on the top of my foot. The toebox offers plenty of space and the inner footbed could easily be removed for airing after a run. I love New Balance’s latest tapered lace design, they don’t move an inch, no matter how far you run. Personally I would have appreciated a bit more padding on the lower sides and back of the heel cup as most of it is concentrated near the top. What I did appreciate on the road was this shoe’s flexibility which made for a more comfortable run along with the seamless glove-like upper. Breathability was never an issue and my feet never went into overheat mode after a run.
It really is hard to ignore the natural running movement and if you’re looking to make your way down the drop, then the 3090v2 is not a bad place to start.
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Review by Hugh Pines
Originally published in the September/October 2013 issue 61.