NEW BALANCE: FRESH FOAM MORE
by MELANIE MITCHELL | APRIL 2019
NEW BALANCE: FRESH FOAM MORE
MAX FRESH FOAM CUSHIONING ARRIVES
A new member of the Fresh Foam family has arrived from New Balance, the Fresh Foam More, a maximalist shoe that is a great option for your longest weekly
True to its name, the 'More' gives you more Fresh Foam to run with and keeps the weight to a minimum with specifically designed grooves for a great cushion to weight ratio.
Foam More scores a high grade from our run testers as being excellent at the job it was designed to do – being your parter in crime for long runs with max-cushioned support.
JackRabbit runners laced up some Mores, putting
them to the test to see how the shoe fits, how it runs, and how their feet felt throughout the journey.
NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM MORE
STAFF RUNNERS WEIGH IN
KENZI: ORANGE THEORY CLASS + WEIGHTS
“The Fresh Foam More was my first high cushion shoe experience. I love the upper the most and since I not used to high-cushion, I liked that it is a stiffer cushion because I do actually believe that there is a thing as too much cushion.
I took the shoe about 3 miles running followed by the weight room section of class. One thing to note, while it is a traditional running shoe, I actually wasn’t bothered by the extra cushion or rocking motion during the floor section like I usually am when wearing other true running shoes. That was a huge plus! The additional cushioning helped alleviate some of my joint soreness after my run; it’s stiffer than I expected, but I actually enjoyed that.”
KRISTYN – 5K TESTER
“I am used to a less cushioned shoe, so this was a whole new experience. The sizing felt true to size, maybe a little wider than I am used to (I wear the New Balance Zante for comparison) which gave my feet a little more room to settle in.
Giving the shoe some test runs, I could feel towards the end of my run more pep in my step and helped me keep up the pace when i was getting tired.”
LAURA – ULTRARUNNER
“I’ve put around 50 miles on the shoes so far in my test runs, and I am a regular runner in cushioned shoes for my road training. I thought the shoe fit really well! The mid-foot is secure enough but not too tight to where it’s uncomfortable. I am used to running in maximalist shoes, and the midsole was a lot more stiff than I thought it was going to be. Initially I was unsure about it, but now the FFM has come into my shoe rotation as a preferred choice
I like the toe-box in that it also fits feet really well. I have borderline narrow feet so I don’t like shoes that fit wider and this shoe fits my needs perfectly well, all while still providing enough wiggle room for when my feet inevitably swell due to dehydration.”
ERIC – TENNIS COMPETITOR TURNED RUNNER
“I am a runner that leans towards a decent amount of cushion in my running line up. The Fresh Foam More compares well with what I already run in; a soft shoe, but stiff enough to give a good forward spring while not allowing me to sink into the shoe, which I was worried would happen from the max Fresh Foam in the midsole. I admit to having an irrational fear of my heel slipping out of a shoe (don’t ask me why!) but no worries on this one. I knocked out some 4 mile runs to put the shoe through its paces, and here are the top three things I like the most about the Fresh Foam More
1. My favorite is actually the heel (see aforementioned fear!); it’s wonderfully snug to sit in and I feel secure with the padding on the back while I’m situated inside the shoe; there is no feeling of being on top of the shoe’s midsole like others.
2. The midsole is very high quality, yet it is not just squishy where I would sink into it, as it retains the firmness required to move quickly: a beautiful balance!
3. The nicely spacious toe-box is a treat, it’s a good size where I’m comfortable moving but never feel like I’m swimming in it.”
MELANIE: TRIATHLETE AVOIDING THE AGING PROCESS
“When I see a maximalist running shoe, my feet get a little giddy. I’ve tried them all, run in them all, tried less cushion, then gone back to max cushion for long runs. The Fresh Foam More has been an interesting addition to my running shoe collection. The cushioning appeared less in the toe area – not in bad way, but in a different way to other styles in this category, pushing the foot from heel to toe in a rocking motion; I liked it. Once the brain adjusted to that motion, I was well into a test run and started to melt into the spring effect.
Compared to other maximalist shoes, it’s worthwhile to note the Fresh Foam More took more breaking in compared to others, but nothing that would impact my opinion on the shoe. I am thrilled there’s a new max shoe in town worthy enough to add into the shoe rotation, keeping my feet strong and ready for the long miles ahead.”
EMILY – I WALK, I RUN, I DO IT ALL
“A great max-cushion neutral stability shoe! While the Fresh Foam More is officially called a neutral running shoe, I would say it's a bit more neutral/stable as it does provide a lot more structure than other neutral running shoes I’ve worn in the past.
The Fresh Foam More features a stacked midsole foam underfoot which gives it a sturdier feeling than other max-cushion running shoes and actually provides more support without the extra weight. It’s also a good option for a walking shoe because it has a slight rocker bottom, but not so much that it compromises the overall stability.
The style does run on the smaller side, so I recommend going up a 1/2 size. I’m usually a women’s size 9 but ended up getting the 9.5 which fits as it should.”
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