Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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
$160
Weight
Men: 10.4oz
Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 6mm
Women: 6mm

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.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most runners said the FuelCell is comfortable to wear.
  • The shoe delivered a firm and steady ride, as reported by some testers.
  • It felt lighter than expected and was relaxing on the foot, according to one reviewer.
  • A few users commented that the shoe provided the right amount of traction and was durable enough for daily use.
  • A couple of users said the shoe fit nicely and had no discomfort during wear.
  • One runner observed their legs moved quicker and had less fatigue with the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The upper fabric was misaligned and it blocked the lacing holes, as observed by one buyer.
  • Another user experienced pain in their heel while wearing the shoe.
  • The sole had separated and cracked after one month of usage, one buyer wrote.

Bottom line

The New Balance FuelCell is a neutral running shoe that is suitable for road running. With its commendable comfort level and weight, runners will have no time adjusting to wearing this shoe. The FuelCell’s technology gives features that enable the foot to be ready to run anytime.


Rankings

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Ratings

3.7 / 5 based on 7 ratings

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4 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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77 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 73 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    But most runners need something with more cushioning, flexibility and responsiveness. I found no spring and no “bounce-back” energy return in the FuelCell.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    New Balance’s FuelCell shoes are great start to a new line of fast and responsive daily trainers that feature an energy efficient outsole paired with a sleek looking upper.

  • 80 / 100 by Sun and Sole • Joel Morris • Level 3 expert

    Despite gaining some weight, it still has speed in its DNA.

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Updates to New Balance FuelCell

  • Marking the start of a new shoe line, the New Balance FuelCell features an all-new silhouette, a nitrogen-fueled performance foam, a no-sew material application, and a breathable mesh fabric that all work together to provide a comfortable and responsive shoe that fits securely.
  • The new midsole is a two-layer portion presenting the new FuelCell technology that delivers a more responsive ride as the pace is picked up and provides a greater performance during faster efforts.
  • The no-sew material upper enables runners to feel uninhibited and ready to run.
  • Its blown rubber outsole is made sturdy and chunky to withstand many miles of running.

New Balance FuelCell size and fit

The New Balance FuelCell is a neutral running shoe made for running. It fits best on average-volume foot and most wearers will find that it runs true to size. The width profiles available are D – Medium and 2E – Wide for men, and B – Medium and D – Wide for women.

With a weight of 295 grams, the shoe is just right to use for daily intense workouts without putting too much stress on the foot.

Outsole

The outsole is a single piece made of blown rubber and has an almost even thickness that extends from heel to toe. This heightens the shoe’s durability.

The non-prominent lugs of the FuelCell provide the right amount of traction and durability that is suitable for road runs. The design is a large open channel underneath the heel with a few open pods exposing the midsole below the forefoot. There are no plastic support plates or gaps in the outsole so that flexing is guided, thus making the outsole bend like a singular solid unit.

Midsole

Featuring the new FuelCell technology, the midsole is made of nitrogen-infused foam to provide a powerful launch with each step. This gives a bouncy feel to the midsole that is more fit for runners looking for a reactive rather than a cushioned shoe. The foam is made from TPU, which allows for a long-lasting responsiveness that is more consistent regardless of the temperature as compared to regular EVA foam. This makes the shoe resilient and therefore enhanced for speed.

On top of the FuelCell foam is a 3-mm thick orthotic insole that is firmer than conventional sock liners to provide security.

These two layers work together to deliver a midsole with adequate protection from harsh routes that can be encountered.

Upper

A no-sew material application is designed for the FuelCell’s upper to make the shoe stronger and to provide more support. It enables the shoe to stay tight without the restrictive feeling as the foot expands and contracts with each stride.

There is also a synthetic mesh upper with seamless overlays to create a snug and comfortable wrap across the midfoot. This material enables ease of wear so the foot can be comfortable even without a sock.

The New Balance FuelCell has a VL-6 performance running last that has a wider forefoot area for proper toe splay.

The installed heel collar is sturdy and resilient enough to avoid collapsing into itself, while the fabric underneath prevents deterioration and skin abrasion.

A padded tongue enhances instep comfort, while the lace-up closure offers an adjustable fit, all contributing to excellent support for the foot.