Who should buy the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi

The Fresh Foam Arishi from New Balance might be a spot-on fit if you are looking for the following:

  • a versatile shoe that can handle casual wear, walking, and daily running
  • a budget-friendly trainer ($56 cheaper than the average price of running shoes)
  • a shoe with numerous color options that can match various outfits

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi logo

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a more performance-oriented running shoe, the NB Fresh Foam Arishi is not your best bet. It lacks the necessary impact protection and support for longer miles. Consider the NB Fresh Foam 880 v11 or the FuelCell Rebel v3 instead. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi forefoot

Cheap but can do a lot

The Fresh Foam Arishi only retails for $70. But for so little price, it can do so much. Beyond running, it can be your walking shoe or lifestyle sneaker.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi lockdown

"Not bad for a cheap pair of shoes," says one of the reviewers.

Comfort that lasts

Runners report that the shoe is "cushy upon step-in." The Fresh Foam cushioning is soft and plush, it provides a marshmallowy sensation that's perfect for all-day use. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi comfort

The New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi sticks to the ground

Whether it's on dry or damp surfaces, experts agree that the Fresh Foam Arishi's outsole "clings." And when cornering, it inspires surefooted strides. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi grip

Oh so lightweight!

Tipping the scales at 8.4 oz (237 g), the Arishi is 15% lighter than running shoes on average (9.9 oz / 280 g).

Won't warm your feet up

"Well-ventilated." - This is how road runners find the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi's upper. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi lacing system

According to them, they never had to suffer from sweaty and smelly feet even during their summer runs. 

A certified head-turner

It's sleek and has eye-catching colorways, road runners state that it's a "stunner." 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi design

The NB Fresh Foam Arishi is constricting

Even runners with medium feet have complained that the Arishi is very "tight," to the extent that it makes their feet "ache." This is especially true in the midfoot since there are overlays. It's too snug, it "chokes" the foot. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi toe box

But luckily, the shoe is available in Wide and even Extra Wide variations, so you can go for a roomier fit is you need to.

Not a tinge stable

The New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi's midsole has a sink-in sensation; it renders the shoe unstable. Experts warn that it may be a hazard, especially when facing uneven surfaces.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi new balance fresh foam

If you have flat feet and/or overpronation, you should definitely go for a stability shoe instead. Have a look the New Balance's 860 v12 shoe which offers the necessary arch support.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 237g
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3
Collection: New Balance Fresh Foam
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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