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In my opinion, New Balance 608V4 is an excellent design for cross training
The New Balance 608 v4 is a cross-training shoe designed to deliver stability and comfort. It has been updated to offer more cushioning and support via its ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) footbed, injection-molded EVA (IMEVA), and the full-length ABZORB cushioning. The combination of these materials provides a flexible yet non-compressing platform. These components have also been carried over to the more recent 608 v5 version of the shoe.
The New Balance 608 v4 employs a non-marking outsole that does not leave streaks on gym, studio or indoor court floors. The rubber compound is durable and flexible to accommodate the natural bending of the foot. It extends to the front of the shoe and serves to protect the toe area against abrasions.
Flex grooves are found in the forefoot area. They add flexibility to the sole unit while the tread pattern increases the surface area to enhance traction of the rubber.
The New Balance 608 v4 employs two technologies to deliver cushioning, the IMEVA and the ABZORB. The IMEVA is firm but has enough flexibility to accommodate the natural bending of the metatarsals. As for the ABZORB, it is a proprietary foam-based polymer that distributes the force from the point of impact and decreases the shock felt by the lower extremities. This full-length material works in conjunction with the IMEVA to deliver a supportive and comfortable base.
The shoe also utilizes an EVA foam footbed. This material serves to cushion the impact as well as keeping the foot comfortable. EVA is lightweight, resilient and durable.
In between the midsole and the footbed is an internal shank. It reinforces the arch area, making sure that the bending occurs in the forefoot area. This structure prevents injuries or pain in the middle of the foot.
The shoe uses leather as the primary material to deliver structured support in the upper unit. The breathability and heat dissipation are ensured by the perforations and the mesh tongue.
The collar features two foam structures for different purposes. The foam that comes in contact with the ankle is soft to prevent irritation while the other one is firmer and serves to support the ankle.
The traditional lace-up closure uses round laces pass to keep the foot securely inside. The plush tongue has a slot on top of it where the laces are threaded and prevents it from moving out of place while in use.
The trainer uses a Phantom Liner to cover the inside of the upper. It is a smooth and lightweight fabric that prevents chafing as it hides the seams of the foot chamber.