Trendy and comfy, these New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr running shoes provide great support for injury-prone ankles.
It seems like every running shoe company is launching some kind of new shoe technology these days. New Balance’s latest is its first laser-engraved midsole, called Fresh Foam Lazr.
The Fresh Foam Lazr HypoSkin uses this midsole, coupled with an upper made of a synthetic material – dubbed HypoSkin – that is said to adapt to the shape of the foot for flexible and natural movement. The toe box and lateral areas are made of HypoSkin, with the mid-foot and medial areas made of a mesh fabric.
New Balance’s Fresh Foam midsole has always been about impact cushioning. The Fresh Foam Lazr midsole builds on that by having laser-engraved hexagonal flex grooves added throughout, to further improve comfort, energy return and flexibility.
The shoes have a bootie construction, which means the tongue, heel tab, heel counter and toe box all come in one piece for a sock-like feel.
I find it easy to slot my feet in and out of this pair of shoes, which feel very comfortable from the get-go. No hot spots or need to “season” the shoes.
They are comfortable worn on a weekend out as well as on my 5km jogs. The cushioning and responsiveness are great during running. And the substantial heel counter provided great support for my injury-prone ankles.