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  • Terrain


    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 11.5oz
    Women: 8.7oz
  • 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: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide, wide
    Women: normal, wide, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
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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.


Expert Reviews

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Updates to New Balance 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.

New Balance 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.