The New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4 is one of the most cushioned running shoes we have ever tried.
While many brands have produced the concept of maximal stack running shoes, New Balance levels up the game. The New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4 is just perfectly named after its incredible cushion and midsole foam, which provides a cloud-like ride.
Fun fact: Compared to its last iteration, the Fresh Foam More v4 gained an extra millimeter (34mm heel / 30mm forefoot for a 4mm drop). This update has 66% more displacement (cushioning), and it’s the softest Fresh Foam X midsole compound yet. With the extra foam and softer cushioning, you also get 6% more energy return.
It’s love at first sight.
The redesigned upper feels as good as it looks. Not only it has a striking colorway with a bold “N” emblem on the upper, but it also sits beneath an engineered mesh upper that keeps you locked with breathable comfort and support.
Running in humid weather, we definitely need a shoe that promotes ventilation. The upper with TPU details keeps you dry at all times, and a comfortable stretch through the forefoot. It fits true to size and accommodates the feet really well.
Other than that, t flat, stretchy laces keep the foot locked down. A good upper overall that provides quality security for such a tall and thick shoe.
More is merrier.
The most cushioned shoe in the New Balance lineup, the latest Fresh Foam X has the softest midsole material ever, which provides runners with a luxuriously plush running experience.
If you’re an everyday runner, the running shoe’s maximal stack height gives you a plush underfoot feel in combination with decent stability. The wide base that runs the entire length of the shoe will wow you, which makes your runs more enjoyable.
Furthermore, the width is normal through the heel and midfoot and slightly wide in the forefoot. The tongue is padded moderately and allows for good lockdown from the laces.
It has a durable rubber outsole that provides longevity and excellent traction and the zonal rubber placement enables some weight savings.
If you’re out there clocking mileage, the grip wise is decent in all weather conditions. The zonal pods help increase flexibility in your ride.