Facts

  • 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
    $80
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.2oz
    Women: 7.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jun 2017
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A majority of runners found New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz easy to wear.
  • Their feet sat comfortably in the shoe during their run, customers said.
  • Most buyers thought that the price was affordable.
  • Users experienced enhanced breathability due to its knitted mesh upper during their run.
  • A few runners lauded the apparently responsive mid-sole as it reduced the pressure on their heels.
  • Some buyers appreciated the sleek design and the colors available for this model.
  • One customer was happy that it was efficient even when used for long periods of time.
  • Another user was satisfied with its light weight and the smoothness of the upper unit.
  • A consumer was impressed with its efficient performance during daily workouts and trainings.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the users were dissatisfied with the shoe’s upper unit because they wrote that it wasn’t very durable.
  • One runner felt pain under his forefoot while wearing the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz; he thought that the platform wasn’t very comfortable.

Bottom line

Most runners welcomed the responsive and comfortable nature of the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz. Made for neutral road runners, it’s touted to give soft cushioning and a smooth heel-to-toe transition for a premium experience. It is available in fascinating colors, satisfying both casual and exercise needs. In short, these shoes may be safely considered as a perfect package of efficient performance as well as great looks.

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

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Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz

  • The Fresh Foam Cruz is one of those new creations that avails the Fresh Foam mid-sole technology. This full-length foam is soft, responsive and accommodating of the natural step of the runner. It also comes with an easy-to-slip-on style to give an improved and fresh feeling of comfort to the runners.
  • The upper is provided with a saddle to support and secure the runner's foot throughout the running session.

New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz size and fit

The New Balance, the Fresh Foam Cruz is available in a standard size of B and D for men and women respectively. It runs large, so it is advisable to get ½ size smaller in order to get a more relaxed fit.

Outsole

The outsole unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz is made from Blown Rubber material. It offers durable protection against wear and tear. It also delivers responsible traction over the surfaces. But it has a soft and pliable nature, which basically allows it to offer additional cushioning for the foot.

Midsole

The midsole of the shoe employs NB's proprietary technology called Fresh Foam, which gives a very plush and fresh underfoot experience to the runners. The foam material has a more substantial presence in the heel section. It’s meant to accommodate the striking of the foot and not allow any discomfort to take root during the process.

Upper

The upper unit of the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz makes use of a mesh material that is lightweight and capable of accommodating the natural flow of air into the foot-chamber.

A bootie design makes the upper more consistent in terms of construction and fit. It does away with a traditional shoe-tongue and utilizing a one-piece opening for the foot to slip into.

A saddle that’s made from synthetic material has also been placed in the midfoot section to provide the extra support. This saddle works with the lace-up closure to provide a better fit and to prevent the foot from going wobbling inside the shoe while running.