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  • 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

    Cross-training

    Multi-purpose training shoes which can be used for a wide variety of exercises. See *cross-training 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
    $75
  • Weight
    Men: 8.1oz

    Weight

    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.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
  • Width
    Men: X-Wide, Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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  • The 818 v2 Trainer builds upon the success of its predecessor. It features the same CUSH+ midsole that delivers a soft, comfortable yet durable platform for the foot.
  • Unlike the original version, this model uses more mesh fabric in the upper, and it no longer has a pull tab at the back of the collar.
  • The rubber pods on this model cover high-wear areas of the outsole, delivering traction and protection where needed. The flex grooves are more profound than the ones in the previous version, yet they still serve the same purpose of accommodating the natural bending of the foot.

This workout trainer from New Balance is only available in men’s sizes. It accommodates a variety of foot widths ranging from D – Medium and 2E - Wide to 4E - Extra wide. The snugness of the upper depends on the foot width and the height of the instep, so consumers are advised to try it in person to get a secure and comfortable fit.

The 818 v2 Trainer features an exposed midsole made from a lightweight but durable type of foam. It has flex grooves in the forefoot and heel areas which allow it to accommodate foot flexion.

It has rubber strategically placed in the heel and forefoot areas to add traction and protect these high-wear sections from friction during workouts. The use of pods instead of a full-length compound allows the shoe to remain lightweight without compromising surface grip.

The 818 v2 Trainer uses the company’s proprietary CUSH+ technology. This foam offers a combination of firmness and softness. It is soft and bouncy, so it makes workouts comfortable and energized. Its resilient nature staves off early material sagging or compression.

The full-length unit partially extends to the front of the shoe, protecting the toes when performing activities that require pushing off from the tip of the foot.

The New Balance 818 v2 Trainer utilizes a mesh material in the upper. The fabric serves to keep the foot fresh by allowing heat to dissipate and cool air to come in.

It features a traditional lacing system that allows the user to adjust the fit of the shoe to their preferred tightness or looseness. It ensures that the foot does not slip out while in motion and it makes the act of removing or putting on the shoe effortless.

The padded tongue ensures that tightening the laces won’t hurt or irritate the instep, while the plush collar keeps the heel locked down and prevents irritation of the Achilles.

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