Updates to New Balance Appalachian

  • The Appalachian is equipped adequately for trail adventures but at the same time versatile enough for everyday use. It is a lightweight sandal that is shoe-like in appearance thanks to its closed-toe design.
  • Comfort and security on the trail are achieved with the gear’s sole unit. It is made up of the Ndurance outsole—a New Balance exclusive—and an EVA midsole with a molded footbed.

Size and fit

An adequately true-to-size hiking sandal for men is the New Balance Appalachian. It comes in D – standard and 4E – extra wide widths. It is offered in whole sizes. Wearers may get a dialed-in fit with the footwear’s bungee lacing system.

Outsole

New Balance engineers equipped the Appalachian with the company-owned Ndurance outsole. This heavy-duty rubberized layer grips on most types of terrain with its aggressively shaped protrusions, also known as lugs.

Midsole

For underfoot cushioning and shock absorption on the trail, this New Balance gear features a heavy-duty midsole. It is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA—a type of material that grants this component a blend of flexibility and toughness. Its ability to stabilize wearers on rugged terrain is all thanks to its sturdy construction. For extra cushioning, this cushy platform also comes with a molded footbed.

Upper

The Appalachian’s upper is made of synthetic PU. This piece from New Balance has an enclosed forefoot zone, protecting hikers from toe-related injuries. Its interior walls provide a nice in-shoe feel as they are lined with Lycra fabric, a proprietary material characterized by lightness and durability among other things.

Fit personalization comes by means of the Appalachian’s bungee toggle closure. It is made of elastic bungee cords for laces and fabric loops for eyelets.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 369g
Use: Multi-sport, Day Hiking, Urban hiking
Features: Closed toe / Lightweight
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: New Balance
Construction: Closed toe
Material: Leather, Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.