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Shoe Review: New Balance Fresh Foam More

A runner wears the New Balance Fresh Foam More shoe

More, more, Fresh Foam More.

Like its name implies, New Balance created the Fresh Foam More to give you exactly that—more Fresh Foam between your foot and the ground. Designers used the same foam composition as the midsole in the Fresh Foam 1080v9 but packed an extra helping in there for an ultra-cushioned ride.

The midsole is the biggest Fresh Foam slab ever in a pair of New Balance running shoes, but it never feels burdensome despite its big stack height.

Fleet Feet runners put the Fresh Foam More to the test to find out how it fits and rides during real use. Here’s what they had to say:

Tech specs

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 4 mm
  • Weight: 8.1 oz, women’s; 10.3 oz, men’s
  • Category: Neutral, road
  • MSRP: $160

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A runner wears the New Balance Fresh Foam More running shoe

New Balance Fresh Foam More Fit

New Balance designed the Fresh Foam More to be soft and supportive for your longest runs. Our testers felt both.

The More provides excellent structure. One Fleet Feet tester says the structure kept his foot right in the middle of the footbed, and the heel cup is firm and secure.

“The shoe felt supportive in all the right ways,” he says. “My foot was never out of place. The heel felt secure without having to use the extra eyelet at the top of the shoe.”

It’s not just the structure that stands out, though: The More is spacious.

None of our testers had any problems with the shoe squeezing their foot or being uncomfortably snug, although one runner had the opposite problem—the shoe was too roomy. She typically wears a women’s size 8, but the size 8 Fresh Foam More sample shoe left her average-width, average-volume foot with too much room around the ankle, which let the shoe rub her Achilles.

Despite lacing up the extra eyelet and cinching down the laces through the midfoot, she couldn’t find the right fit, though sizing down could have fixed the problem.

Even with the extra room in the heel, though, she liked how the toe box fit.

“The toe box is nice and wide,” she says. “My toes can splay fully and have plenty of room to lift and wiggle.”

New Balance Fresh Foam More Ride

Despite its hefty midsole, the Fresh Foam More rides light.

The men’s model weighs 10.3 ounces, and the women’s is just 8.1 ounces.

New Balance bills Fresh Foam as its softest foam composition, but testers found it to be firmer than other max-cushioned running shoes on the market today. But that’s not a bad thing. Some shoes with lots of foam can feel mushy, but our runners say the Fresh Foam provides a responsive landing pad for their stride.

“I did a few miles at a faster pace than I normally do, and the shoes responded well,” says a tester. “They didn’t feel as clunky as I would have expected from the stack height.”

There’s a 4mm drop height—the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe. The 4mm drop feels more natural than steeper differences, which makes the shoe more comfortable.

The New Balance Fresh Foam More running shoe


The New Balance Fresh Foam More is designed to keep you company on your longest runs, and it excels at its job.

We liked the comfortable mesh upper and stack of foam beneath our feet, which was supportive and surprisingly light. Even if you’re familiar with New Balance running shoes, though, we recommend trying on the Fresh Foam More before buying it. Our testers found it to be roomier than other models.

Overall, we liked the Fresh Foam More for its max-cushioned feel and easy riding demeanor.

Still not convinced? Don’t sweat it. Fleet Feet's return policy means you can test drive your shoes and gear without risk. If you’re not happy with the way your gear performs, looks or fits, we’ll take it back within 60 days. Plus, you’ll get free return shipping on all orders. That's our Happy Fit Guarantee.

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