Welcome to ReviewBox Brasil. Today we will talk about the best models of New Balance trainers, one of the biggest and best brands of shoes in Brazil and in the world.
The coolest thing is that you have options for different occasions, since you can find sporty models suitable for walking, running and weight training, but you can also choose a casual version for work, study or walking.
If you want to buy a new pair of trainers, keep reading our Buying Guide, in it we will explain which is the ideal model according to your profile and goals, give tips on where to buy, how much to pay and some buying suggestions.
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- 2 First, the most important thing
- 3 New Balance Shoes: Our Selection
- 4 Buying Guide
- 5 Shopping criteria: Factors to compare New Balance shoes models
First, the most important thing
- The New Balance Running platform divides the models into three categories depending on the type and composition of the midsole: Fresh Foam, REVlite and Fuel, each one is suitable for certain types of physical activities.
- You will find several colour options, from the most basic to the most modern tones. Although most of the models bet on the Mesh fabric, you will find versions in suede and leather.
- The brand offers trainers in the children's, women's, men's and unisex categories. Prices vary, with children's models ranging from R$ 100 to R$ 130, men's from R$ 150 to R$ 750 and women's from R$ 160 to R$ 700.
New Balance Shoes: Our Selection
New Balance is a versatile brand, as it offers models in the sporty and casual categories for children, women and men. For this ranking we selected the best models in the different categories and based on reviews from consumers of the brand.
New Balance trainers have an advantage that most brands don't have: the models are versatile and have a casual profile, which makes it possible for you to go to work or study right after training, just by changing clothes.
To know everything about this brand, keep reading and at the end of this complete Buying Guide, you will know how to choose the best model for you!
What are the differentials of New Balance trainers?
There is a wide variety of models in both segments, which are made of synthetic materials like suede, polyamide and mesh or of animal origin like leather and its variations (nubuck and suede).
The coolest thing is that there are New Balance trainers for kids, women (the training line is exclusively for women) and men.
The Running line is the brand's flagship, and the models are produced with state-of-the-art technology. It is not by chance that New Balance was elected the number 1 company in sports shoes for three years in a row in the United States.
What are the exclusive technologies of New Balance shoes?
- Lightning Dry: This technology is used in the fabric that covers the collar. Made of nylon or polyester, it has a soft touch, protects against UVB and UVA sun rays and facilitates the transfer of humidity of the tennis shoe with the environment.
- Dual Density: The foam present in the heel region has a coating with two foam densities, which ensures comfort when putting on the tennis shoe and using it on a daily basis.
- TS2: Multiple density material. It is applied in the internal part of the shoe.
- Ortholite Insert: Technology used in the insole to make it more flexible and ergonomic.
- NDurance: Rubber compound applied to the heel area to increase the durability of the tennis sole.
- Acteva: This material is 12% lighter than EVA, which is already well known for its lightness. This technology is used in the sole of the shoe.
- Cocona Phantom Liner: This technology uses green coconut shell-based fabric to produce the inner lining of the trainers. Because it is seamless, it prevents skin irritation and inhibits the appearance of blisters.
- Flex Grooves: This technology is used in the shoe's special rubber sole. The sole is manufactured with grooves that ensure flexibility.
- Encap: Technology applied to the tennis shoe's midsole that ensures softness when stepping on it.
- Nlock: Tying system that surrounds the feet and provides perfect fit, firmness and comfort. This technology minimizes the movement of the feet inside the shoe.
- Air Mesh: Lightweight fabric (similar to canvas), structured with an open weave to facilitate ventilation.
- Abzorb: Cushioning technology and impact dissipation.
- Abzorb FL: Exclusive material applied to the midsole. Offers much more impact cushioning than the materials normally used.
In the 70s, the company was bought by James S. Davis, who boosted the development of the brand and launched the most famous model: the New Balance 320. Nowadays the company specialises in running shoes and maintains the Running line as the brand's flagship, having won as the best sports shoe on the American market for three consecutive years
Do you know what is your type of step?
Neutral stepping has the characteristic of propelling the steps with the entire front part of the foot. The impulse begins on the external part of the heel and the foot rotates slightly inwards, touching the ground and finishing the step in the centre of the sole.
Those who have this type of step have fewer restrictions when choosing a tennis shoe, as long as it has light cushioning. To discover if this is your type, observe the wear of your trainer, if it is the same all over, your step is neutral.
The pronated stepping begins with the left side of the heel and ends in the region close to the big toe. In this type of step, when the external part of the heel touches the ground, the foot begins an excessive rotation inwards, finishing the step in the tip of the toes.
This type of step is quite common in women, because it serves as preparation for pregnancy. People with pronated stepping have their shoes worn on the inside. If you have this type of step, buy a pair of shoes with light cushioning and stability.
The supinated step is very rare, only 5% of the population steps this way. In this type, the person uses the external part of the foot (mainly the area of the little toe) to propel the movement.
The effort begins in the heel region, the external side of the foot maintains contact with the ground and ends the step at the base of the little toe. People with this type of step need shoes with reinforced cushioning and stability control.
Running Platform: Which New Balance shoes to choose?
As well as most of the big brands of trainers with lines focused on sports, New Balance has a running platform with three types of trainers according to the composition of the midsole.
We will explain what the characteristics of these models are below:
- Fresh Foam: Sneakers in this category have an extremely soft sole, which guarantees total cushioning and safety. Fresh Foam models are suitable for running, which is the lightest workout of the week, and also for longer races.
This technology was launched in 2014, based on a survey of over 300 amateur and professional runners.
- REVlite: This technology was launched in 2010, with the promise of a reduction in up to 30% of the footwear's weight, compared to models of the same standard. Shoes in the REVlite category are firmer, which is why they are suitable for HIIT workouts and half-marathon competitions.
- Fuelcell: The shoes in the Fuelcell category have a faster response, thanks to the revolutionary nitrogen injection technology in the midsole. The mesh of the upper is also very technological and breathable.
|Differential||Extremely soft trainer||30% lighter shoe||Faster response to movements|
|Indication for use||Running workouts and longer races||HIIT training and half marathon competitions||Running in general|
|Price||Between R$ 300 and R$ 800||Between R$ 130 and R$ 500||Between R$ 300 and R$ 800|
Shopping criteria: Factors to compare New Balance shoes models
Before buying a New Balance trainer, you need to know what are the most important features that differentiate one model from another. Only then will you be able to buy the right footwear according to your profile and preferences. Observe the following criteria:
- Trainer category
- Neutrality and weight
We will detail item by item so that you don't have any doubts and get it right when choosing the trainer.
The first thing that you should keep in mind when choosing a New Balance trainer is that the models are divided into three different categories: running, training (only in the women's section) and lifestyle.
The running shoes are suitable for running and are of three types: Fresh Foam, REVlite or Fuelcell, we have already talked about each one of these types in the sections above.
The trainers in the Trainning line are best suited for those who practice light walking, jogging and like to do weight training. The ones from the Lifestyle category, on the other hand, are suitable for the day-to-day, whether for studying, working or going for a walk.
You can find New Balance trainer models in different fabrics: nubuck, leather, suede (these three are more common in trainers in the lifestyle category), mesh, polyamide and suede. We will talk about each one of them in this section.
- Leather: This is the tanned skin of animals, with cattle leather being the most common and cheapest. It can be divided into two parts: the grain is the outer layer of the leather and the smoother part. The split is the part underneath the grain, which is generally used to make suede.
- Nobuck: It is the external part of the leather, which is sanded until it acquires an opaque, smooth and casual look. It is not as rustic as suede, but it is more resistant than this material. It is often used on the uppers of trainers, or in just a few details.
- Suede: It is the opposite of Nobuck, it is the internal part of the leather that is used for the outside. To gain the rustic appearance and exact texture, the fabric is sanded with a coarse sandpaper. It is often used in tennis heels.
- Mesh: Breathable fabric widely used in garments developed for sports (clothing and footwear). This type of mesh has small holes and forms a type of canvas, facilitating the exchange of humidity between the footwear and the environment.
- Suede: Synthetic material from polyester that has a finish very similar to suede(derived from animal leather). It is ideal for those who are looking for a tennis shoe that resists daily wear and tear. Suede is very resistant to stains, damage caused by humidity and friction. This fabric supports several types of coloring and prints.
- Polyamide: Polyamide or nylon is a type of synthetic fibre used in sportswear such as leggings, jackets, running socks and trainers. Polyamide allows for heat exchange with the environment, does not absorb sweat and has a soft feel.
The drop of a trainer refers to the distance between the sole and the heel region and between the sole and the forefoot region. It varies according to the physical activity for which the trainer will be used. The drop of a running shoe, for example, varies from 8 to 12 mm.
In New Balance trainers, the drop is usually below 8mm, although it has the appearance of a high profile (the white strip located on the sole of the trainer is higher than the real drop of the shoe).
Generally speaking, most trainers have some difference in the drop. If the sole in the back part is thicker than in the forefoot region, the trainer has a bigger drop (and vice-versa).
Previously, the drop of 10 mm (1 cm) was considered ideal for running shoes, but from a few years ago it changed and many models with smaller drops (as is the case of NB) and even zero drop (straight sole, suitable for practicing crossfit).
The drop is directly linked to the way the muscles and joints move during the race. By changing the drop, we can change the way the body receives the impacts and help reduce the risk of injuries.
But you need to choose a model with the ideal drop for your stride style and sports practice.
It is also necessary to go through a period of adaptation to the new thickness of the drop, that is, if you are used to using a trainer with smaller drop and want to start using a larger one, you need to make the transition gradually, so that the muscles adapt to the change.
But after all, what is the ideal drop? The tip is to look for shoes with a smaller drop, up to 6mm thick because, according to some studies, this type of sole allows the natural movement of the feet during the steps.
But this varies from one case to the other, for example: a trainer with a lower drop favours runners who usually step with the forefoot or with the flat foot.
On the other hand, athletes with recurrent problem of rupture in the tendon of achilles, need to do the rehabilitation with footwear of higher drop.
Neutrality and weight
Give preference to buy neutral tennis shoes, that is, in which the support is soft, because contrary to what it was thought (that the tennis shoes with support helped in the prevention of injuries), the support makes interference in the capacity of the organism to absorb the impacts resulting from the race.
In relation to the weight, give preference to the light footwear, with about 285 grams for masculine models and 226 grams for the feminine ones.
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