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- The New Balance 85 is designed as a durable walking shoe that delivers comfort during long travels. It features a combination of mesh, textile and synthetic materials that are meant to provide a breathable yet supportive upper. The men’s and women’s versions have slight differences in appearance as there are more synthetic overlays in the men’s version of the footwear.
- The trainer uses the injection-molded EVA (IMEVA) foam in its midsole. This material is lightweight, durable and flexible.
- Protecting the foam from tough terrains is the rubber outsole. This durable compound is engineered to deliver traction at the bottom of the shoe.
The New Balance 85 is offered in both men’s and women’s versions and runs true to size. It is available in D - Medium and 4E - Extra Wide for men, and B -Medium and D - Wide for women. Because of the different width options, consumers are advised to try the shoe in person to get the right size and fit. For online buyers, New Balance has the Fit Finder tool which assists consumers in finding the right fit.
Rubber is used on the outsole of the New Balance 85. This material is durable, slip-resistant, and flexible. It features lugs and tread patterns that enhance the traction capability.
Horizontal flex grooves promote natural foot flexion. The outsole also has a vertical furrow that fosters side to side agility.
This walking shoe from New Balance employs the IMEVA foam. This cushioning is hard-wearing and flexible. It provides steadiness to the foot as it does not readily compress. The foam is designed to be soft enough to attenuate shock. It extends slightly upwards on the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot to provide support during lateral movements.
Inside is the NB ultra soft comfort insole. It offers another layer of comfort and shock absorption.
The upper of the New Balance 85 is made of mesh, textile, and synthetic materials. The mesh keeps the inside of the footwear fresh and cool while the textile and synthetic components give it structure and style. The men’s version can be easily distinguished from the women’s version because the former has more synthetic overlays in the forefoot section.
It utilizes a traditional lacing system with a mix of webbed and punched eyelets to keep the fit secure. The thin tongue keeps the instep area protected from irritation brought about by the laces. Tightening the laces draws the side panels closer to the foot and enhance lateral support.