Our verdict


The New Balance Fresh Foam Lav delivers superb stability with its enhanced exterior makeup. The state-of-the-art stitching technique across this sock-like shoe is praised for its secure fit. Underfoot, the pillow-like Fresh Foam guards the heel against impact.


  • Plush cushioning
  • Soft upper
  • Sufficiently stable
  • Secure fit
  • Grippy


  • Uncomfortable removable sock liner
  • Heavy
  • Above average price

Who should buy the New Balance Fresh Foam Lav

The New Balance Fresh Foam Lav was designed with creative and engineering inputs from Canadian player Milos Raonic. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that has a support and locked-in feel.
  • Look for a shoe that keeps the feet snugged and stable under a cleatie-like structure. 
  • Prefer a shoe that is constructed with Fresh Foam to cushion the foot from impact. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Lav logo

Abrasion-ready rubber

Prepped for hard court games, the New Balance Fresh Foam Lav is equipped with an abrasion-resistant Ndurance rubber outsole. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Lav outsole

This rubber formulation has an outrigger on the lateral side. It provides a wide base under the ball of the foot. The minimal protrusion helps keep the wearer stable as he makes lateral cuts.

Durable and grippy

This durable component is hollowed out with a modified herringbone tread pattern. The zigzag grooves provide the right balance of giving and grip on any hard court setup.

New Balance Fresh Foam Lav outsole 1

New Balance Fresh Foam cushioning

Fresh Foam is a cushioning property initially used in running shoes. It facilitates a smooth heel-to-toe transition throughout the gait cycle. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Lav insole

This foam compound is carved with hexagon shapes that compress and expand during motion. The bigger hexes on the rear side provide a springy feel under the heel. The smaller and tighter ones are found on the forefoot which ensures stability under the ball of the foot.

Raised heel of the NB Lav

The difference between the height of the heel to that of the toe is roughly 12mm. This heel drop gives the shoe a pronounced raised heel. The added height on the back end offers bounce when doing split steps, readying for a shot, and pushing forward and sideways on concrete or asphalt surfaces.

New Balance Fresh Foam Lav midsole

Complementing the midsole is a PU (polyurethane) insert or an extra shock-absorption pad that’s found inside the shoe. This full-length unit helps reduce soreness underfoot. Since it’s removable, it can be replaced with custom foot orthosis.

New Balance Fresh Foam Lav offer outstanding support

There’s no need to worry about the tongue sliding from side to side with its cleatie-constructed built. Instead of using TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) overlays for added stability, New Balance integrated the Kinetic stitching. It helps reduce tons of weight on top of the shoe and facilitates comfortable movements on the court.

New Balance Fresh Foam Lav upper

This adequately cushioned tennis shoe comes with an external TPU heel counter for added support at the back of the foot.