Who should buy the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi

The Fresh Foam Arishi from New Balance is a spot-on fit for: 

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Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a speed training shoe, you pass up on the NB Fresh Foam Arishi. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi forefoot

Cheap but can do a lot

The Fresh Foam Arishi only retails for $70. But for so little price, it can do so much. Beyond running, it can be your walking shoe or lifestyle sneaker. 

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Comfort that lasts

Runners report that the shoe is "cushy upon step-in." The Fresh Foam cushioning is soft and plush, it provides a marshmallowy sensation that's perfect for all-day use. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi comfort

The New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi sticks to the ground

Whether it's on dry or damp surfaces, experts agree that the Fresh Foam Arishi's outsole "clings." And when cornering, it inspires surefooted strides. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi grip

Won't warm your feet up

"Well-ventilated." - This is how road runners find the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi's upper. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi lacing system

According to them, they never had to suffer from sweaty and smelly feet even during their summer runs. 

A certified head-turner

It's sleek and has eye-catching colorways, road runners state that it's a "stunner." 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi design

The NB Fresh Foam Arishi is constricting

Even runners with medium feet have complained that the Arishi is very "tight," to the extent that it makes their feet "ache." 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi toe box

This is especially true in the midfoot since there are overlays. It's too snug, it "chokes" the foot. 

Not a tinge stable

The New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi's midsole has a sink-in sensation; it renders the shoe unstable. Experts warn that it may be a hazard, especially when facing uneven surfaces.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 8.4oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3
Collection: New Balance Fresh Foam
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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