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The New Balance Minimus 1690 is a low-profile shoe designed to handle both road and trail. It offers minimal cushioning and a firm ride.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


Take your run anywhere with the New Balance Minimus 1690. This low profile, neutral shoe features a flexible and grippy outsole suitable for both roads and trails. A lightweight, no-sew upper provides socklike comfort and a cushioned, low-drop platform keeps you quick on your feet.

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Weight: 7.9 oz (size 8)

Stack Height: Heel (20mm), Forefoot (16mm)

Available Widths: B=Medium

How It Fits (based on width B)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved

Assembly: Imported


The 1690 is a minimum featured, minimum neutral shoe designed for daily training and racing.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.


  • RevLite is an innovative foam compound that provides lightweight, responsive cushioning.


  • Synthetic Ripstop Material throughout the upper provides lightweight coverage.
  • No-Sew upper materials are soft, supple and hold the foot securely on the platform.
  • Traditional Sockliner provides additional underfoot cushioning.


  • Ionix Outsole is a lugged, full length rubber outsole that provides excellent flexibility and durability.


  • PL-4 is a running-specific last with a standard heel width, toe-box height, and forefoot width.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I've been wearing the line New Balance Minimus trail/hybrid shoes for about 4 years now. They've always felt great for me with my moderately flat, wide feet. One thing I loved about these shoes was that there was no "break-in' period-never any blisters or soreness. Slipping on a new pair was a smooth, easy transition that felt oh-so natural. I can easily switch between Vibrams for pavement/road running and these for trail. My only knit-picky aesthetic complaint is that the mesh top of the shoe wears pretty easily along the outside (pinky toe area) but is not anything that is noticeable during running. I stand behind the New Balance Minimus shoes whole heartedly.
From: Lindsay, Fullerton, CA, USA. May 5th 2014