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New Balance 1080 Fresh Foam

The Skinny:  Carrying on with the success of Fresh Foam the 1080 gets much needed update.  Bootie-like fit around the arch and middle of the foot, engineered mesh in the forefoot and a plush Fresh Foam Midsole.  Super comfy, super soft yet firm enough to not feel like a pillow.  You should feel confident when pulling this shoe with the likes of the Triumph and Vomero. Great update here!

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Runners around the world can celebrate the arrival of New Balance’s most pinnacle execution of Fresh Foam, the Fresh Foam 1080. Utilizing Data2Design, generous midsole heights, and the recognized plush compound of Fresh Foam, runners craving an incredibly smooth, soft, and supremely cushioned ride can look to this rebirthed 1080.

The engineering of the Fresh Foam 1080 intersected the minds and hands of brilliant designers, as well as the intelligence from extensive data collections. Select runners’ biomechanics, force patterns and wear tendencies helped to guide us in our quest to deliver a supremely cushioned underfoot that respects and maintains the runners’ need to engage with the ride itself. The Fresh Foam 1080 delivers our long-awaited undertaking of premiere neutral; a substantial midsole with an inherently stable footprint, and careful attention to areas of flex. Runners can enjoy this unique ride offering generous plush cushioning on a singular platform. An intelligent emboss on the top bed of the midsole in conjunction with data-driven flex groove placement combine to complement flexibility in this tremendously cushioned underfoot.

Complementing this scientifically-infused midsole is an upper with vigilant obsession heel to forefoot. A supple upper integrates a bootie-construction specifically designed to accommodate various instep heights and foot volumes to wrap the foot securely. An engineered mesh forefoot adds to the luxury and premium appeal, designed to cater to toe splay and the need for room as runners log long miles. Complementing the Fresh Foam 1080 is an OrthoLite® sockliner and performance stretch lace.



Mizuno Wave Catalyst

The Skinny:  Mizuno created this shoe with the young and fast in mind.  Lightly supportive, this shoe features Mizuno's U4ic midsole for a soft yet responsive ride, Fan Wave technology to offer support, and a 3D print upper which offers great breathability.

Accelerated Reaction
•Totally new Performance Support experience
• Articulated Pebax Fan Wave in the heel provides smoother landing and transition
•10mm offset and midfoot landing area accommodates heel and midfoot runners
•Classic 3D Fit delivers conforming support where needed while the stretch laces dial in the fit
•Sculpted lateral forefoot allows for a more durable and stable forefoot platform
•Blown Rubber forefoot optimizes pressure distribution, durability and cushioning

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2 

The Skinny:  The first version of this shoe was pretty great so New Balance didn't change too much.  The biggest changes are the new Engineered Mesh upper and bootie construction on the tongue to give it a snugger sock-like fit.  The midsole gets a slight tweak but nothing major.

(other colors available in store) 

Speed seekers rejoice – the Fresh Foam collection’s fastest member is back. Evoking the successful ride of its predecessor, the Fresh Foam Zante v2 showcases the evolution of Data2Design, letting runners experience a soft and smooth ride with a remarkably fast transition and feel. With a new midsole designed for speed, the Zante v2 features finely tuned geometries to help runners pick up the pace. The VL-6 last remains the template for this update, offering with it a 6mm* midsole offset and more aggressive toe spring. Smooth detailing is abundant on the refreshed upper, which uses soft yet technical materials with a bootie construction for a snug, sock-like fit. Unlike its predecessor, the Zante v2 utilizes a soft engineered mesh to support the foot and eliminate the need for traditional overlays. 

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