Sneak Peek: New Balance Minimus 1690

New Balance Minimus 1690 Women's Shoe

The New Balance Minimus lineup expands this July with another offering in the 1690. Meant for “urban running,” the 1690 is a versatile shoe, usable for everything from concrete jungles to actual jungles. Sticking true to the ideals behind the Minimus collection, this shoe will offer a low-profile and flexible design, but also include a full length REVlite midsole for cushioning and protection.

New Balance lists weights of the 1690 as 9.0 oz for a Men’s size 9 and 7.6 oz for a Women’s size 7.

What to Watch For

  • Seamless Comfort: A one piece, no-sew upper limits irritations and blistering on the foot for comfortable wear.
  • Versatile Traction: The rubber outsole features a heel-to-toe lug pattern that will work on a wide variety of trail surfaces as well as on the road.
  • Low Offset: The 1690 is expected to offer a 4mm heel-to-toe differential for a more natural running experience.


Release Date
July 2013

Men’s Color
Blue/Lime New Balance Minimus 1690

Women’s Color
Blue/Grey New Balance Minimus 1690

New Balance Minimus 1690 Men's Shoe

New Balance Minimus 1690 Outsole

  • Seamus Foy

    Man, NB just keeps cranking out these innovative shoes. I can’t even wear enough to keep up!

  • Jim Keith

    These look great, I’m happy to see a versatile transitional shoe in the minimus line-up. But I do with the toe box was a little bit wider. Maybe the photos don’t do it justice.

  • Charles

    Do they come in different widths?

  • Taro


    The 1690 will be made in D and 4E widths, though we only plan on carrying the D width.