Update: Fresh Foam Hierro v2
Arch support
Daily running
M: 325g | W: 248g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 24mm | W: 24mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D, Extra wide - 2E
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

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


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.

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.


We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Synthetic materials make up the fabric and overlay system of the upper unit.

  • Most runners appreciated the technologies that make up the upper unit of the Fresh Foam Hierro, including the SURE LACE design, the anti-debris tongue and the Ortholite anti-microbial sock liner.

  • The Fresh Foam system offers a plush underfoot platform that supports the foot all throughout the gait cycle.

  • A handful of runners welcomed the AT Tread Outsole, which is a trail-specific outer unit made to improve the durability of the shoe, as well as the traction that it gives.

  • Aggressive gripping lugs help the runner hold onto the various types of surfaces found on the trails.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Fresh Foam Hierro has a mildly high price.

  • Some reviewers felt that it was a bit narrow along the forefoot area.

  • The men’s version is noticeably heavier than the women’s.

Bottom line

The Fresh Foam Hierro from New Balance is a great-looking trail shoe that offers aggressive components that would effectively act against the harsh nature of the trails. It offers mild underfoot support while also providing a comfortable experience for everyday training.

World wide, Fresh Foam Hierro is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

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4.4 / 5 based on 85 ratings

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Expert reviews

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83 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 83
    Rob AndroLevel 4 expert
    by Rob Andro
    Super comfy. Super soft. Super 'runable'.
  • 87
    BigfootLevel 1 expert
    by Follow Bigfoot
    All in all, [I] definitely approve these… couldn't be happier.
  • 80
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Softer ride, tougher upper.
  • 86
    Shoe RangerLevel 3 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    You’ll appreciate the light ride and the feeling of floating over the trail. 
  • 85
    Adam ChaseLevel 3 expert
    by Run Haven
    With its pillowy Fresh Foam midsole and an extra wide toe box, the Hierro handled like a Cadillac on the trails. That combination worked well on easy-to-handle trails but not so much on trickier or rocky surfaces where “the sharp stuff made itself known.”
  • 80
    SGB TodayLevel 3 expert
    by SGB Today
    Mid and toe-strikers will enjoy the lower drop, but there’s ample padding for heel strikers as well.
  • 88
    The Sport ReviewLevel 2 expert
    by The Sport Review
    Runner’s looking to take their off-road run to the next level need look no further than the Fresh Foam Hierro; a neutral, cushioned, premium trail running shoe – offering protection for your feet when taking on even the most challenging terrain.
  • 83
    Lisa JhungLevel 2 expert
    by Running Competitor
    It’s not plush in a maximally cushioned sort of way; the Hierro doesn’t ride like a fat ski or 29er bike.
  • 87
    Pennie VarvaridesLevel 1 expert
    by Oh My Quad
    But if you’re looking for shoes to make trail running super enjoyable, I’d say these are totally worth giving a go.
  • 80
    Bruce RaymerLevel 1 expert
    by Impact Magazine
    I found the shoe to be extremely barefoot friendly.
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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    On the outsole, an all-terrain treat with aggressive multidirectional lugs assists in ascending and descending hills with ease.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These awesome-looking shoes here are gonna help keep you nice and steady while you're out there on the trail.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    This here is a neutral trail running shoe that's made with breathable mesh and synthetic upper materials.

Updates to Fresh Foam Hierro

The New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro features the brand’s Fresh Foam midsole that takes shoe cushioning to the next level. Created from one-piece midsole foam, this shoe delivers enough amount of cushioning and soft underfoot feel.

Another new feature of this New Balance shoe is the AT Tread Outsole. It is a reliable outsole, engineered to deliver durable traction on varied surface. This shoe is ready to take runners on varied terrains.

Fresh Foam Hierro size and fit

The Fresh Foam Hierro is available in standard shoe length. It gives snug fit on the heel, midfoot and forefoot. This shoe is not only available in standard widths but also in wide and extra wide.


The AT Tread Outsole is a trail-specific outsole engineered to deliver durable traction on different surfaces. It works hand-in-hand with the multi-directional aggressive lugs that keeps runners upright on uphill and downhill running.


The Fresh Foam Hierro uses the innovative Fresh Foam midsole of New Balance. The single piece midsole foam delivers durable cushioning for a soft underfoot feel.


The synthetic mesh covers of the New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro gives lightweight breathability and the synthetic overlays wrap the foot securely, giving a comfortable fit. The gusset tongue does not only give added comfort but also prevent debris from entering the shoe. This shoe features the brand’s Sure Lace system, allowing laces to stay tied and prevents lace loosening.


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