Who should buy the New Balance 1201

New Balance has integrated a host of components and technology into the 1201 model to produce a shoe that offers a steady foothold, foot protection, and a smooth heel-to-toe transition. It might benefit you if:

  • A shoe that offers ample traction on wet surfaces is what you prefer.
  • A pair that accommodates orthotics for your foot condition is what you need. 
  • You need a shoe that could deliver enough upper protection for the foot against the cold. 

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Reliable traction and shield

The New Balance 1201 employs a durable rubber material for the outsole. The unit extends up at the front and the back of the platform to protect the toes and the heel from bumps. These extensions have a razor-blade-like shape and act as brake lugs to prevent slippage on descends and wet surfaces.

New Balance 1201 Toe Shield2

The triangular lugs of various sizes are placed throughout the outsole. They are facing different directions to afford traction on unpredictable terrain. Multiple flex grooves between the lugs contribute to the flexibility of the unit.

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The outsole is split by a rubber insert of contrasting color. It mimics the way a foot undergoes when it transitions from the heel to the toes during walking. It is meant to render a smooth walking gait cycle.

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Cushioning for a safe ride

The brand’s foam-based ABZORB compound is the primary cushioning of the New Balance 1201. It is a full-length layer that guides the foot throughout the walking session. It ensures a safe and supportive ride, protecting the lower extremities and back from the impact.

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The New Balance 1201's upper

The midfoot and the forefoot portions of the New Balance 1201 are covered in suede. It offers a snug fit and features perforations to keep the interiors of the shoe ventilated.

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High-wear area reinforcements

Genuine leather wraps the heel and the ankle for maximized support and stability in these areas. The toe box is also overlaid with leather for extra durability in this high-wear part of the shoe. The tongue and the collar are generously padded to keep the shoe securely around the ankle. The edges of the collar utilize mesh to maintain breathability in the rearfoot.   

New Balance 1201 Overlays

Quick-adjust lacing system

A traditional lace-up closure is used for regulating the tightness. Round laces easily slide through metal eyelets helping the wearer make quick adjustments. A pair of external metal loops is placed above the top eyelets. The laces can be run through them and cinched for a lockdown fit.

New Balance 1201 Lacing System

Facts / Specs

Arch support: Neutral
Use: For standing all day, City
Closure: Lace-up
Material: Suede
Features: Cushioned
BRAND Brand: New Balance
Surface: Trail

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