Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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New Balance 998 Age of Exploration History
Released in 1982, the 990 series has been tagged as the most innovative shoe design in the industry. The original 990 displays a conservative silhouette with Vibraflex sole and motion control device at the heels. This provided the wearer stability, cushioning and flexibility all in one shoe.
After it was launched, many doubters arose as 990 has a price tag that is much higher than its rivals. But remarkably they reached 10x than its projected sales and today over 10 million pairs have been sold around the world.
In 1993, New Balance created the ENCAP II technology together with the DuPont company. This technology was debuted in the M998 model. In the process, the NB invented the ABZORB foam which keeps the wearer comfortable and could maintain its properties longer than the standard EVA foams.
NB worked with the premium Horween Leather Tannery of Chicago to produce the NB 998 Age of Exploration. This model is crafted in the USA and was inspired by the wanderlusts who have a high desire to travel with plush leather and classic details. Meanwhile, the midfoot provides exceptional shock absorbing cushioning and a non-marking outsole.
New Balance 998 Age of Exploration Style
The low-top profile of the New Balance 998 Age of Exploration is said to be the wanderlusts’ go-to travel buddy. This well-crafted sneaker is made with premium leather with mesh details. It is well padded and ventilated too perfect for both cold and warm weather. This lifestyle sneaker can be seen worn with activewear, jeans, skinnies, joggers, and shorts.
Fit & Sizing
The New Balance 998 Age of Exploration is available in men’s sizes from 6.5 to 15 in medium width. This pair generally runs true to size. It has the traditional lace-up closure system for a secure fit. The NB 998 Age of Exploration has the ABZORB midfoot cushioning to provide shock-absorbing padding, thus giving its wearer comfort with every stride.
The combination of plush suede and mesh upper gives the New Balance 998 Age of Exploration a perfect blend of luxurious appeal and sporty look. These materials are finished off with deluxe color combinations, thus further enhances its charm to many buyers.
- The ABZORB cushioning is encapsulated by the ENCAP midsole. The Absorb foam is a polymer that disperses the forces out from the impact to reduce the shock transferred through the shoes and up to the body.
- It has a non-marking rubber outsole.
- The Made in the USA are sneakers constructed in the USA and it has been recorded that 4 million pairs are being produced annually in the USA. This figure only represents a limited portion of their sales. 70% of the shoe is made in the USA and the other 30% is the labor and some materials imported from the other countries.