The New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi V3 is a lightweight neutral running shoe built to go the distance. After 23 miles together, I found that this shoe is incredibly comfortable when running long distances, and the Fresh Foam midsole provides plush cushioning that shines when running on hard surfaces.
The fit is excellent, and I love the styling of these shoes. On day one of my test drive, three people stopped me to compliment my sleek running shoes!
So, let's break down all of the things that I loved (and didn't love) about the New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi V3.
With that said, because of the support and ample cushioning, I would absolutely recommend this shoe for beginning runners or people taking up running to shed a few pounds.
Toe box aside, I found that the fit was true to size. I did not need to tinker with the laces to find that perfect fit- they fit perfectly right out of the box, which is a rarity for a lot of us.
It seemed that the foam absorbed a small bit of my energy when I stepped down. Rather than bouncing me back, I felt like it cushioned my steps, making the impact more comfortable, but the foam compression lost a bit of my energy.
If you are on the hunt for a shoe that favors comfort and cushioning over speed and snappy energy return, this shoe is worth checking out.
I also appreciated the fit of the heel counter. It has a low-profile heel counter that is slightly cushioned and works well even with no-show socks.
I generally use running socks with the heel tab to prevent rubbing at the heel. However, I did walk in these shoes for a full day of about 15,000 steps with socks that were 'no show,' and I did not experience rubbing or blisters. In addition, I have run about 10 miles in them with no-show socks and, again, no issues with rubbing or blisters.
I also noticed that the midsole didn't offer much arch support. I don't necessarily like any arch support in my running shoes, making them perfect for my running style. However, if you like a little bit of extra support in your arches, you may benefit from a supportive insole.
They were good to go right out of the box. Also, the shoes are holding up well. As a runner, you could just put these on and go.
The rubber outsole is grippy and great for sidewalks and roads, but I wouldn't take these trainers out on the trails.
The point of the shoe is to have foam that gives cushion, so if that's what you want, that's what you'll get with this shoe. I suppose if you could keep that cushion quality and make it so that the shoe bounces back somehow, or at least was neutral on that point, that would be great.