Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $140
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Sep 2018
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Updates to New Balance 1200

  • The New Balance 1200 is a man’s classic boat shoe with a smooth leather upper. Despite its casual appeal, the footwear is built on the platform of a performance-ready athletic walking shoe. It is meant to complete a smart look while keeping the wearer comfortably supported throughout the day.
  • The shoe sports a slip-on design but is enhanced by a three-eyelet lacing system at the front panel. The mesh inserts are added on the sides to help in draining water out of the shoe.
  • The brand’s Abzorb unit makes up the midsole. It renders durable and responsive cushioning without compromising the weight of the trainer. 
  • The Rollbar technology is incorporated in the heel section of the sole. It helps in preventing the foot from overpronating and supinating.

New Balance 1200 size and fit

The New Balance 1200 is available in a range of men’s sizes from US 7 to 15, with half sizes in between. Widthwise, the shoe is offered in both D - Medium and 2E - Wide. The tan version of the trainer also comes in a 4E - Extra-Wide profile.

Outsole

The bottom of the footwear is lined with a full-length rubber unit. It features rectangular pods with multi-directional patterns that render grip on various surfaces, including the wet ones.

Running between the pods are vertical and horizontal flex grooves which are meant to promote flexibility. A portion of the rubber is missing from the inner midfoot side to enhance the pliability even further.

The rubber is claimed to be non-marking. It implies that the sole’s brushing against the floor will not leave any skid marks.

Midsole

The New Balance 1200 receives its underfoot cushioning from the Abzorb foam material. It is created through a fusion the brand’s proprietary materials and the Dupont Engage Isoprene rubber. This combination delivers immediate impact protection and rebound and is claimed to serve longer than the traditional EVA foam. It helps in keeping the foot comfortable and supported during extended periods of walking.

The Rollbar insert in the heel section is responsible for rearfoot stability. It is a TPU plate with lateral and medial posts which prevents the heel from excessively rolling inwards (overpronation) or outwards (supination).

Upper

The upper unit of the New Balance 1200 is made of genuine leather. It carries a classic boat shoe style with its slip-on design and moc-stitching on the forefoot.

A three-eyelet lacing system helps in securing the fit of the trainer. The metal eyelets allow for a quick tightness adjustment while protecting both the material and the laces from abrasion.

Mesh panels are added on both sides of the upper. They are meant to keep the interiors fresh by wicking water and sweat away from the footwear.


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