Our verdict


While people liked the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 for what it had to offer, more than a few of them weren’t happy with some of its parts. While the lightweight construction was praised, the midsole was criticized for being unsupportive of the tendons and muscles of the underfoot. But the flexibility and the general durability of this road companion were highlighted as effective aspects.


  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Flexible
  • Smooth transitions
  • Lightweight
  • Natural movements


  • Not very responsive
  • Lacking in arch support

Who should buy the Fresh Foam Arishi v2

The second version of the Fresh Foam Arishi provides a versatile performance in a sophisticated package. This running shoe is recommended for you if:

  • You prefer a versatile shoe that can also be used for walking, jogging, or simple all-day wear
  • You need a long-distance running shoe that can adequately support moderate to high arches
  • You want a cushioned running shoe that can support any type of footstrike pattern

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 logo

Updates to the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2

  • Just like the 1st version, the Arishi v2 has stitch reinforcements on the upper that provide extra security and durability
  • Underfoot cushioning is given by the full-length Fresh Foam midsole and the NB Response 1.0 performance insert

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 fresh foam insert

Optimal surface control with the Arishi v2

A rubber compound is used for the outsole unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2. This layer is able to protect against the abrasive nature of the surfaces. The grippy nature of this material also permits surface steadiness and positive movement over various road conditions.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 outsole

Leaf-shaped traction nodes pockmark the surface of the outsole. These mild protrusions heighten traction over the ground, their edges acting as clamps that could potentially improve surface control.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 leaf shaped

Shallow grooves allow the sole unit to bend in conjunction with the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. The forefoot lift is the phase that benefits the most from this design as it is the phase that involves most of the flexing.

Flexible cushioning with Fresh Foam

The Fresh Foam midsole material is the one that’s used for the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2. This full-length foam is able to provide a responsive and highly luxurious underfoot experience. It is lightweight and flexible, as well. There are indentations and mild bumps on its external façade that heighten impact protection and flexibility. This midsole is also present in the Fresh Foam 1080 v9 and other well-known running shoes from New Balance.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 fresh foam

The NB Response 1.0 performance insert is a full-length add-on that provides extra cushioning for the underside of the foot. It is lightweight, flexible, and can be removed or replaced with a new one.

Stretchy and smooth coverage

The upper unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 is made of engineered mesh. This textile has the quality of woven cloth, with a stretchy and smooth texture that doesn’t irritate the skin. Compared to the mesh used in the original Arishi model, this engineered mesh has a more open configuration, accommodating more air into the foot chamber. The breathability permits a cool and dry environment for the foot.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 upper

The collar and tongue are padded. This construction helps in holding the foot in place and preventing in-shoe wiggling or accidental shoe removals. Moreover, foam in these portions of the shoe help in adding some comfort to the ankles, the heel, and the instep.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 tongue

Supportive upper features of the Arishi v2

Stitching was added to the back part of the façade. This adds structure to the shoe and maintains durability.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 stitching

Printed overlays are sparingly used on the silhouette. The thin synthetic add-ons are placed on the sides and the heel, ensuring proper foot security. They also heighten brand recognition as they take the form of the New Balance ‘N’ logo and the ‘Fresh Foam’ wording.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 overlays

A traditional lacing system is used for the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2. Flat laces snake through discreet eyelets, giving a stealthy fit adjustment that is also secure. No metal reinforcements are placed around the apertures. Instead, a printed overlay bolsters these holes, averting tearing while preserving the intended purpose.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v2 laces