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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.2oz
    Women: 7.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 18mm
    Women: 18mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Feb 2015
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Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the upper unit is comprised of Open Mesh, which offers breathable and comfortable coverage as noted by some runners.
  • The synthetic overlays improve the fit, while the no-sew construction allows the inner to be like a sock-like fit based on several runners’ comments.
  • Runners generally appreciated the inclusion of a traditional sock liner for some added cushioning.
  • A natural underfoot feel is given by the Fresh Foam mid-sole compound, which is a single-piece foam.
  • Blown rubber on the outsole provides traction and durability for the external layer of the Fresh Foam Boracay.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who noticed the outsole wear off easily after a few months of use.
  • Some felt that it wasn’t true to its size because they felt that it was smaller than their usual choice.
  • Others felt that the toe box was a bit narrow.

Bottom line

The Fresh Foam Boracay from New Balance is a running shoe that has a lot of followers because of the incredible comfort, responsive cushioning, and sufficient arch support. It offers an adequate underfoot platform that follows the natural geometry of the foot, which makes it a very good daily trainer.

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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

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Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay

  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay features the innovative single-piece Fresh Foam midsole that brings the standard midsole to the next level. It delivers durable cushioning and soft underfoot feel.

New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay size and fit

The Fresh Foam Boracay is available in standard shoe length. It gives snug fit on the heel, midfoot and forefoot. This shoe is available in standard, wide and extra wide widths. It gives comfortable fit to those with regular and wide foot measurements.


Outsole

The outsole unit uses the full ground contact rubber that gives added durability and reasonable traction. The elongated hexagon lugs gives added grip and flexibility.


Midsole

The Fresh Foam Boracay uses the Fresh Foam midsole that has geometric shape to provide added support. This midsole provide durable, soft underfoot cushioning.


Upper

The New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay features the open mesh cover that gives lightweight breathability. The synthetic overlays deliver a secure fit by wrapping the foot snugly. The traditional sock liner delivers added underfoot cushioning.