Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3

- The latest iteration of the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi features a contemporary upper design. It is built to deliver a versatile style and high performance for road runs, gym sessions, and other activities. The running shoe's overall construction is intended to provide a responsive and well-cushioned ride. 

The New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3 now uses a no-sew knitted top for enhanced breathability. The knitted fabric also offers a sock-like fit, promoting a snugger in-shoe feel. A heel pull tab is also included in the upper to assist easy on and off. 

The outsole of the shoe is made out of a durable rubber material with an updated flex groove pattern. The rubber outsole provides protection against the abrasive elements. It also offers excellent grip on various surfaces.

Size and fit

The New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3 uses the standard sizing measurement for both men and women versions. Consumers may get a pair in their usual sizing expectations. However, it is good to try the shoe in-store before making a purchase decision to ensure a pleasant in-shoe experience.

The technical components that affect the fit of the shoe include the removable sockliner and traditional lacing system. These elements are added to provide support and a customized fit. The knitted upper also plays a big role in giving a snug and sock-like fit.


In the outsole unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3 is a blown rubber material. This outsole rubber is a compound that offers excellent protection against abrasion. It also provides firm traction on both wet and dry surfaces. The blown rubber material is also working with the midsole foam to stabilize and protect the foot from impact while running. 

The outsole rubber is coupled with a more aggressive flex groove pattern compared to its predecessors. The flex grooves allow the entire sole to flex and bend with the foot for a more natural running experience.


Fresh Foam technology is incorporated in the midsole of the shoe. Fresh Foam is an innovative midsole material, which offers a high level of comfort and protection by absorbing the landing impact. This element delivers optimal cushioning and lightweight feel with every stride. 

Fresh Foam technology is also used in other popular New Balance running shoes like the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4 and New Balance Fresh Foam Roav

Enhancing the shoe's cushioning is the removable molded footbed. This soft material allows the user to adjust the comfort level of the shoe. It also offers added underfoot protection.


The New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3 features a bootie construction for a snug in-shoe wrap. The no-sew knitted upper is designed to deliver a smooth, seamless fit. 

The knit fabric is a lightweight and soft material that allows for continuous ventilation, keeping the foot dry and cool for an extended period. This component also protects the top of the foot from the elements. The knit upper is coupled with a soft and breathable textile lining, which provides added comfort and protects the foot from irritation. 

A padded tongue is included in the shoe for added comfort. This component helps prevent the debris and small rocks from getting inside the shoe. It also protects the top of the foot from getting pinched by the shoelaces. 

The shoe has a padded heel collar that keeps the heel centered while running or walking. A heel pull tab is also used to promote easy on and off.

For a secure fit, the lace-up closure is used in the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3. The shoelaces allow the user to easily adjust the tightness around the shoe, providing a snug and customized fit.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3 compared to New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v9


The Fresh Foam Arishi v3 and Fresh Foam 1080 v9 are categorized as road running shoes that work best for runners with neutral gaits. Both of these shoes are designed with an 8 mm drop. 

The Fresh Foam midsole and blown rubber outsole are also featured in both shoes. These technologies equipped the shoe to deliver premium cushioning and durability. 

Just like the Fresh Foam Arishi v3, the Fresh Foam 1080 v9 also uses a no-sew design for a smooth, irritation-free environment. 


The Fresh Foam Arishi v3 utilizes a removable footbed for personalized cushioning, while the Fresh Foam 1080 v9 incorporates the Ortholite® insole that can be replaced with custom orthotics. 

Mesh fabric is used in the Fresh Foam 1080 v9 for breathability. While the Fresh Foam Arishi v3 features the knit fabric to allow for continuous airflow and a sock-like fit. 

Compared to the Fresh Foam 1080 v9, the Fresh Foam Arishi v3 is way lighter and affordable.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 9.2oz / Women 8.2oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Collection: New Balance Fresh Foam
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation
Arch type: High arch

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