Facts

  • 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

  • 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
    $125
  • Weight
    Men: 15.7oz
    Women: 12.2oz

    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: 10mm
    Women: 10mm
  • Width
    Men: Extra wide, Narrow, Standard, Wide
    Women: Extra wide, Narrow, Standard, Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to New Balance 857 v2

  • The New Balance 852 v2 is a motion-control training shoe that employs a host of technologies to keep the foot supported throughout the workout. It inherits the ROLLBAR technology in the heel and midfoot sections to prevent the foot from overpronating or supinating.
  • New to this version is the N2 compound. It is a low-profile cushioning that is durable and reactive to impact.
  • New Balance also replaced the outsole in the new iteration of the shoe. This model has a diamond tread pattern and pronounced flex grooves in the forefoot.

New Balance 857 v2 size and fit

The New Balance 857 v2 is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. According to the brand site, it is true to size.  It comes in the following width options: B -Narrow, D - Medium, 2E - Wide, 4E - X-wide, and 6E - XX-Wide for males and 2A - Narrow, B - Medium, D - Wide, 2E - X-Wide, and 4E - XX-Wide for females. The leather material used in the upper is not stretchable, so consumers are advised to try it in person to acquire a secure and comfortable fit.

Outsole

The New Balance 857 v2 features a non-marking rubber outsole. This compound is abrasion resistant, grippy, flexible, and it does not leave streaks on floors. It extends partially to the front to serve as protection from abrasion and impact during workouts.

Flex grooves are found in the forefoot area to facilitate proper foot flexion. Diamond treads in the midfoot and heel increase the surface area which inherently enhances the traction of the rubber material.

Midsole

The New Balance 857 v2 uses a number of technologies for its midsole.

N2 is a low-profile type of cushioning that is durable and responsive to impact. Found in the midfoot section, it enhances the shock absorption in this area to protect the arch.

ENCAP is a dual-density midsole that provides stability and comfort. Polyurethane makes up the outer rim of the midsole. This material is firmer compared to the ethylene-vinyl acetate foam it encompasses. The perimeter of the midsole is less squeezable than the middle area to provide lateral support, while the softer foam in the middle delivers shock absorption.

The back of the foot is kept stable with the ROLLBAR. Embedded between the outsole and the ENCAP, this technology prevents the heel from wobbling during movements. It acts as a stabilizer, circumventing too much rolling in or out while in motion. This feature is commonly used in New Balance walking shoes.

A molded polyurethane insole relieves pressure to ensure a comfortable ride, even when using the trainer for extended periods.

An internal shank, located in between the outsole and the midsole, reinforces the arch area. It forces the foot to flex at the forefoot to not stretch out the arch and prevent injuries.

Upper

The upper of the New Balance 857 v2 uses leather with perforations in various areas that allow heat to dissipate.

The traditional lace-up closure uses round laces to keep the foot locked in place. The lightly padded tongue serves a layer of protection between the laces and the instep.

The collar, which is also slightly plush, prevents chafing of the ankle while also keeping it supported.

A pull loop at the back of the collar makes it easier for the user to put on the shoe.

An external heel clip anchors the foot to the midsole. This structure keeps the foot from slipping out of the shoe while in motion.

Lining the inside is Dri-Lex, a smooth fabric that wicks moisture away from the foot. This material also ensures a comfortable in-shoe feel and a quick on-and-off.


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