Who should buy the New Balance Appalachian

The New Balance Appalachian is still leaps and bounds a remarkable hiking sandal, thanks to its compelling combination of outdoor-centric qualities. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a sandal that is equipped adequately for trail adventures but at the same time versatile enough for everyday use.
  • Prefer a sandal that achieved comfort and security.

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Heavy-duty rubberized layer grips

New Balance engineers equipped the Appalachian with the company-owned Ndurance outsole. This heavy-duty rubberized layer grips on most types of terrain with its aggressively shaped protrusions, also known as lugs.

New Balance Appalachian Outsole

Underfoot cushioning and shock absorption

For underfoot cushioning and shock absorption on the trail, this New Balance gear features a heavy-duty midsole. It is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA—a type of material that grants this component a blend of flexibility and toughness.

New Balance Appalachian midsole

Sturdy construction

Its ability to stabilize wearers on rugged terrain is all thanks to its sturdy construction. For extra cushioning, this cushy platform also comes with a molded footbed.

New Balance Appalachian sturdy construction

Lightweight and durable

The Appalachian’s upper is made of synthetic PU. This piece from New Balance has an enclosed forefoot zone, protecting hikers from toe-related injuries. Its interior walls provide a nice in-shoe feel as they are lined with Lycra fabric, a proprietary material characterized by lightness and durability among other things.

New Balance Appalachian upper

Secure fit

Fit personalization comes by means of the Appalachian bungee toggle closure. It is made of elastic bungee cords for laces and fabric loops for eyelets.

New Balance Appalachian secure lockdown

Facts / Specs

Weight: 13oz
Use: Multi-sport, Day Hiking, Urban hiking
Features: Closed toe / Lightweight
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: New Balance
Construction: Closed toe
Material: Leather, Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.