Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $90
  • Weight
    Men: 9.8oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard, Wide
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam VAADU

  • The Fresh Foam VAADU is crafted for men who like to add a fashionable twist to their workout gear. This workout trainer from New Balance is designed to be lightweight and durable to withstand rigorous workout sessions.
  • The upper uses the HypoSkin technology. This material creates a wrap that naturally moves and expands with the foot.
  • The midsole is made of the Fresh Foam, a soft and responsive cushioning. It decreases the shock felt by the foot by compressing when it hits the ground and quickly bouncing back to its original shape upon the toe-off.
  • Rubber protects the bottom of the shoe. The tread pattern on it allows it to be flexible in any direction and heightens the traction offered by the rubber. The QUIX rubber technology is present at the medial forefoot to support lateral cuts and dynamic movements.

New Balance Fresh Foam VAADU size and fit

The New Balance Fresh Foam VAADU is designed to accommodate the shape and dynamics of men’s feet. It is available in US men’s sizes 7 to 15. It comes in D - Medium and 2E - Wide.

Outsole

The New Balance Fresh Foam VAADU utilizes a rubber outsole. This material is meant to be hard-wearing and provide traction on various types of indoor and outdoor surfaces. It features a hexagonal tread pattern that enhances grip of the rubber. It is also non-marking which means that it doesn’t leave scuff marks on polished floors.

The QUIX, New Balance’s proprietary rubber technology, is used to reinforce the medial forefoot. It amplifies traction needed for lateral cuts during certain exercises.

Midsole

The plush midsole of the New Balance Fresh Foam VAADU is made of the Fresh Foam technology. This cushioning platform is engineered to be responsive; compressing to absorb shock and immediately springing back to its original form, ready for the next step.

A similar Fresh Foam component is aso used in a more recent workout shoe, the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Trainer.

Upper

The New Balance Fresh Foam VAADU sports a bootie construction which allows users to quickly put on or take off the shoe. The upper is made of the HypoSkin, a proprietary fabric crafted to deliver a sock-like fit, allowing it to move and expand with the foot. It has perforation slits throughout the surface that keep the foot chamber aerated.

The mouth features a stretchable collar that allows the foot to get in or out comfortably. The lace-up structure provides a way for wearers to customize the fit at the midfoot.

A synthetic toe cap protects the toes from bumps and abrasion during workouts. At the back, the synthetic overlay forms an external heel counter that aims to keep the rearfoot steady while training.


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