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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
    $80
  • Weight
    Men: 10oz
    Women: 7.6oz

    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.

  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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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.

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