Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes
Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes
Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes
For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes
For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes
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.
WeightMen: 13.4ozWomen: 10.4oz
Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.
WidthMen: Extra wide, Narrow, Standard, WideWomen: Standard, Wide
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Updates to New Balance 669
- Not all walking shoes are created equal. Some are made for the urban jungle, while others are meant for the real one. The New Balance 669 is a trail walking shoe that is built to traverse the rugged outdoors. It utilizes a mesh upper for breathability but has been reinforced with overlays made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and leather. The overlays not only add style to the upper but also provide support.
- The midsole is comprised of two parts: the ABZORB foam which serves as the main cushioning unit, and the removable foam insert. Both function to lessen the impact of each step on the lower extremities.
- The bottom of the trainer is protected by a layer of rubber that is durable to withstand the abrasive elements associated with trail walking. It features a lug pattern that promotes traction in multiple directions and even has a rear braking system that prevents wearers from skidding down.
New Balance 669 size and fit
The New Balance 669 is available in both men’s and women’s sizes, including US sizes 7 to 15 and 5 to 12, respectively. For the width, males can choose between D - Medium and 4E - Extra Wide, while female consumers get to enjoy it in B - Medium and D - Wide profiles. Because this is a trail walking shoe, the interior is lightly padded which gives it a snug fit and keeps the foot steady even when walking on uneven surfaces.
The underside of the New Balance 669 is lined with a rubber outsole. This compound is crafted to be hard-wearing to endure abrasive elements on trails. Rubber naturally provides traction, but the lug pattern on this model is designed specifically to grip slippery and uneven surfaces to prevent slipping.
At the rear portion of the outsole are razor-blade-like lugs which are called brake lugs. The purpose of this is to avert slipping. What the wearer does is to put more of their weight at their back to activate the brake lugs.
The New Balance 669 employs the Abzorb foam technology. This proprietary cushioning material is engineered to spread out the force from the point of impact to reduce the shock that travels to the rest of the lower extremities and avert possible foot, muscle, or joint pains.
Inside is a foam insole. It enhances the shock attenuation of the midsole and provides a comfortable bed for the foot to rest on. It is removable and can be replaced with custom orthotics if needed.
There are three materials used on the upper of the New Balance 669: mesh, leather, and TPU. Mesh makes up the entire upper, providing a secure wrap for the feet. It is also breathable, keeping the inside well-ventilated during trail walks. The leather and the TPU are used as overlays that protect the mesh from abrasions. They also heighten the structure and form of the upper, delivering lateral support where needed and holding the rearfoot steady while traversing rough terrains.
The trainer is equipped with a lacing system that allows users to customize the fit at the midfoot. The laces pass through a single slot on top of the tongue, preventing it from sliding to the sides while the person is walking.
The inside is lined with breathable fabric for a great in-shoe feel. The plush tongue and collar secure the fit of the footwear. The tongue is padded to avoid irritation on the instep, while the collar keeps the rearfoot locked-down and free from chafing even during long, rugged walks.