Who should buy the New Balance Ralaxa

Released under the brand’s Everyday Comfort Collection, Ralaxa is an offering by New Balance to men and women looking for a walking shoe with an athletic vibe. It is a solid option if: 

  • Daily chores require you to be on your feet walking for several hours, so a shoe with sustained comfort is what you need. 
  • It's inevitable in your everyday activities not to make quick turns and maneuvers that footgear with protective toes against accidental bumps is what you prefer. 
  • Chafing and blistering had been a problem lately that you want a shoe that prevents or minimizes such discomfort. 

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Durable outsole

The New Balance Ralaxa uses a Ground Contact EVA outsole. It is crafted to be durable to tolerate treading on rough surfaces. It has flex grooves at the forefoot to promote flexibility and natural foot bending.

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Hard-wearing areas such as the heel and the toe sections are reinforced with a layer of rubber. This element prevents the early deterioration of the protected areas and also enhances the traction of the outsole.

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Responsive midsole

The New Balance Ralaxa uses the Cush+ midsole technology. This platform is made to be lighter and softer than other foam units. It is also designed to be responsive, preventing foot fatigue.

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Inside the shoe is the Soft+Supportive insert which is made of polyurethane (PU) material. This element provides maximum underfoot coverage that enhances the shock attenuation properties of the midsole.

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The New Balance Ralaxa's upper

The upper of the New Balance Ralaxa uses a synthetic textile material. The tightly woven fabric ensures that ample support is delivered to the foot. The back panel uses neoprene which offers better foothold.

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No-sew overlays are found on the toe box, the eyestay, and the rear part of the quarter. They reinforce the fabric without introducing stitches inside the footwear that could cause skin irritation.

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Snug lacing system

At the midfoot, a traditional lacing system can be seen. This structure allows users to modify the fit at the middle to achieve a snug and comfortable feel.

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Rearfoot against blisters

As for comfort, various parts of the upper are lined with cushiony material. It not only helps in delivering a cozy fit, but it also prevents chafing and blistering.

New Balance Ralaxa Rearfoot

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 7.2oz / Women 5.4oz
Arch support: Neutral
Use: For standing all day, Travel, City
Closure: Lace-up
Material: Knit
Features: Lightweight / Cushioned
BRAND Brand: New Balance

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