We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Majority of users consider the waterproof element of the New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather in buying the shoe.
  • Most customers find this cleat comfortable and their choice of shoe for rainy days and the cold winter months.
  • The Fresh Foam midsole gives superior protective cushioning and a stable ride while wearing the shoe as disclosed by some commenters.
  • Several reviewers note that the leather and ballistic mesh material is easy to clean and wipe as it repels water, mud, and dust.
  • Some sneaker fans are impressed with the cleat’s solid construction and durability.
  • Thick protective foam and reinforced stitching on the collar and tongue provide a plush in-shoe feel.
  • Solid color blocking of the New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather makes it appealing to many wearers that use the shoes for outdoor work.
  • The gum rubber outsole has a dependable grip and traction even on wet, slushy, or slippery surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox leather could feel warmer compared to other sneakers, according to some customers due to the leather material and thick midsole.
  • A few users comment that the shoe is narrow from the entry.
  • Some say the New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather cleat could have been lighter as some feel it is a bit heavy after extended use.

Bottom line

The New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather is a solid high top cleat built for the harshest weather like torrential downpours due to its waterproof ballistic mesh and leather upper. A more natural stride is expected from the thicker Fresh Foam midsole while the gum rubber outsole has a firm grip and hold on wet and dry surfaces.

For its $149.99 price tag, this cleat is a reasonable purchase for those who want to come prepared for the weather when exploring outdoors.


The New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather sneaker cleat has a snug fit and is kept secured to the feet all through the ankle by a rope lacing and reinforced by a thick collar and tongue to keep the feet secured and warm all throughout the day. It is available in men’s sizes.

Whether preparing for some winter trip or just looking for a sturdy cleat to weather any storm, the New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather comes ready. With its stylish colorways of utilitarian Black and adventurous Chocolate Cherry, this leather and mesh mixture becomes the perfect high top sneaker for the harshest of winters.

The all-leather kick is best paired with a leather jacket or a trench coat or a ready for work overall. The cleat silhouette gives it a sturdy appearance and feel. It glides gracefully through wet and slushy pavements with a reliable grip and traction that lets its wearer feel comfortable in every stride.

Most striking among the features of the New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather is the use of Fresh Foam midsole that was molded from a single piece of foam for a plush and stable ride for a smooth heel cushioning and support. Also prominent is the use of waterproof ballistic mesh and leather making this cleat ready for any rain or snow.

Boston-based shoe manufacturer New Balance first came out with the Fresh Foam Paradox sneakerboots in 2016. Compared to shoes donning the brands signature numbering system, this hiking-inspired design for this outdoor cleat breaks away from the mold by using innovative materials.

The New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather uses Fresh Foam technology introduced by New Balance in 2013. While other shoe brands focused on using mostly EVA midsoles, New Balance released its Fresh Foam technology combining both needs for cushioning and support in footwear.

Fresh Foam uses an exceptional EVA compound for bouncy foam that remains stable. The inventive material is then molded in a heat press using a three-dimensional mold with concave and convex shapes that result in better compression and resistance once it makes an impact on the ground.

New Balance used this new material in the sole of its NB 980 shoes in early 2014 as it received accolades for its lighter weight. Soon this foam was utilized heavily on many of the American brand’s kicks from running to trail shoes.

The Fresh Foam’s geometrically designed midsole reduce heel drops in the heel and toe with a plush feel that feels natural on every stride. This same concept was used when NB first rolled out the Fresh Foam Paradox sneakerboots.

The New Balance Fresh Foam Paradox Leather high top kick comes ready for harsh elements such as snowy winters and heavy rains with the leather upper and ballistic waterproof mesh material. Completing the cleat’s promise of durability is its rubber outsole that makes it ready for wet and slushy surfaces.

  • The internal comfort collar of this sneaker was designed based on ankle anatomy.
  • The waterproof membrane and durable lugged outsole have a good grip on the wet or slushy surface.
  • Branding details at the tongue and back heel, and a signature N logo on the side panel.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.