New Balance FuelCell Lerato: Everything premium 

Out of the box, the NB Lerato screams luxury, both in style and features. It's everything you can expect from a premier daily trainer — style aside, it maximizes fit, stability, comfort, and durability. Add in its carbon-fiber plate, then you get a full-on, luxury-style trainer. 

So what are the aspects of the shoe that make up its qualities? Read on to find out. 


Thanks to the shoe's FuelCell midsole, which is also present in both the RC Elite and Rebel v2, a cushy ride is generated. Complementing it is the upper's plushness and the flexibility of the carbon plate. With all of these combined, a leg-saving shoe is created. 


As mentioned, the Lerato has a locked-in fit, generating very steady, surefooted steps. And since the midsole foam is on the plush side, the addition of the plate balances out the softness, maintaining comfort and stability. 

Probably the most talked-about feature that enhances support is the shoe's plastic heel cup. It keeps the heel locked in place, preventing unwanted motions and slippage. 

What is it for?

Because of the presence of the carbon plate, you might think that the Lerato from New Balance is a speedster. It's not. It's a "pleasant, easy-riding" shoe that's best for: 

  • daily runs
  • recovery runs
  • mellow runs
  • easy long-distance runs
  • walking

Those who will benefit most from the Lerato are the heavier runners and heel strikers. It's best for heel strikers simply because its bounce is more pronounced in the heel. 

A few more notes about the NB Lerato

  • The carbon-fiber plate does not reward fast paces. It has some pop, but only enough so that you won't have to exert more effort. In short, make your runs easy and enjoyable. 
  • Given its looks, the shoe is very much suitable as your sneaker. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.8oz / Women 10oz
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 27mm
Heel height: 37mm
Collection: New Balance Fuelcell, New Balance Fuelcell Lerato
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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