Profile of the New Balance 1006

After the release of the New Balance 1005, which is a well sought-after profile by tennis pros, the brand came out with a subsequent model, the New Balance 1006. This updated trainer appears sleeker and less bulky than its predecessor with its mesh covering overlapped by seamless synthetics.  

If stability was the core component of the earlier model, this version prioritizes cushioning. The performance level of this shoe relies on the REVlite midsole that’s designed to cushion the foot from impact. Such thick proprietary unit keeps the weight of the footwear down. 

Its availability in different width measurements makes it adaptable to a wide range of foot shapes. 

It’s an option for wearers looking for a breathable trainer that will keep their foot fresh on warm days and during prolonged court games. 

Another noteworthy feature of this multicourt athletic shoe is the modified tread pattern which is meant to provide solid footing without being too tacky.


Durability. This shoe features the Ndurance, the brand’s specially-formulated rubber compound commonly used in the outsole of its athletic footwear. This proprietary unit is built into the areas of the sole that wear out quickly. 

Flexibility. This type of outsole composition has a softer outer sole for flexibility. The Ndurance is designed with a non-marking herringbone layout, a tread pattern that isn’t common to stiff soles. It doesn’t leave scuff marks on the court preventing damage to the playing surface.


Cushioning. One of the famous New Balance midsole makeups is the REVlite foam that’s used for New Balance’s athletic footgear and sneakers. This pioneering unit is mainly built with EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) that serves as cushioning and underfoot support. 

Strength. It provides the same level of compression and power as the other top-of-the-line midsoles like ABZORB but around 30% lighter.


Ventilation. Breathability is one of the benefits offered by the mesh-made exterior that’s overlaid by a seam-free and lightweight synthetic material. 

Support. An overlay is added to grant structure to the shoe and help clamp the foot in place, since the sport involves aggressive movements on the court.

Reinforcement. Toe-dragging is common among tennis athletes, and this sliding motion over the paved or clay court can easily ruin the tip of the shoe. To fortify that against abrasive court surfaces, the brand swaddled the forefoot with the long-wear drag tip.

Fit. Its flexible upper design adapts to different foot widths, tapping an expansive range of broad-footed wearers.

Additional Info

  • The medial and lateral sides appear identical with the presence of the welded N-logo. 
  • Synthetic material is wrapped around the quarter and heel for added support.  
  • Double stitching is used on the rear side for durability.


How New Balance 1006 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 37% all court tennis shoes
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Top 34% New Balance tennis shoes
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