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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
    $75
  • Weight
    Men: 9.5oz

    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: 4mm
  • Width
    Men: X-Wide, Normal, Wide
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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  • The Fresh Foam 818 v3 is a New Balance workout shoe created for men. It banks on the success of its predecessor but still introduces a number of changes. First off is the midsole; the CUSH+ foam was replaced with the Fresh Foam which is engineered to deliver a softer and smoother ride.
  • The next major alteration is the outsole. The old version used an exposed midsole with rubber pods in the high-friction areas, whereas this iteration uses a textured rubber. The new compound offers fuller ground contact and better traction in different directions.
  • As for the upper, it now sports a cleatie construction which makes it easy to put on or take off the shoe with the assistance of a pull loop at the back of the collar. The synthetic overlay panels at the midfoot in the 818 v2 have been removed in this latest model. The upper sports a simpler design compared to the previous version.

The underside of the New Balance Fresh Foam 818 v3 is lined with rubber. This compound is hard-wearing and flexible. The textured pattern enhances the traction offered by the rubber. The multidirectional grooves on the outsole support natural foot flexion. The material is also non-marking which means that it does not leave streaks on polished floors.

The New Balance Fresh Foam 818 v3 uses the Fresh Foam technology. This cushioning platform is described as one of the brand’s softest and smoothest foams. It compresses upon impact to attenuate shock and quickly returns to its original form, ready for the next impact.

The midsole partly extends to the front of the shoes. The material is durable and protects the toes from bumps and abrasion during sled pushes and burpees.

The New Balance Fresh Foam 818 v3 employs synthetic and textile materials for the upper. It has a cleatie construction that delivers a foot-hugging fit. The mesh textile ensures that the foot chamber is well-ventilated.

The lace-up structure allows wearers to customize the fit in the midfoot section. The thin tongue protects the instep from the pressure created by the laces. And finally, the lightly padded collar keeps the ankle comfortable and the rearfoot locked down.

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