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nbleadThe women’s Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin in Elderberry.New Balance

  • New Balance created the best workout sneaker I’ve tried for under $100 — the Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin.
  • The sneakers use the brand’s proprietary Fresh Foam cushioning technology and Hyposkin, an innovative material that adapts to the shape of the foot.
  • I wore the sneakers in the gym as well as to work and found them to be lighter and more comfortable than other sneakers twice as expensive.

Having the proper footwear for specific activities is more important than many people realize. You wouldn’t wear basketball sneakers to a track meet, or football cleats for a boxing match, so you really shouldn’t wear whatever you have laying around for the gym. 

If your only gym shoes are the beat-up pair you probably should’ve thrown out months ago, you’re due for an upgrade. 

Since most performance sneakers are priced well over $100 — and quite a few nearing $200 — finding a pair that meets all of your needs on a modest budget can be very difficult. But if you’re in that spot, you have a new option: the New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin.

The all-new silhouette uses the company’s latest cushioning technology, Fresh Foam, and advanced manufacturing techniques to make a well-balanced and versatile shoe. Its fused, one-piece upper eliminates pressure points associated with traditional cut-and-sewn sneakers and adheres to the natural movement of your foot, so it’s comfortable in the gym or on the street.

Last year, I was thoroughly impressed by the New Balance 247, an on-the-go lifestyle sneaker, and the New Balance Cypher Run, a lightweight running sneaker. When I learned New Balance was creating a shoe in the workout and training category, I was excited to give it a try. 

I own a lot of sneakers, so I’ve had the chance to walk, run, and exercise in wide variety of designs. After wearing the Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin a few times in the gym and to work, I came to the conclusion that they’re an ideal blend of functionality as a trainer and style as an everyday shoe, at a price that’s under $100.

What I like best about the sneakers is their low-top bootie construction, which means their tongue, ankle collar, and heel are all one piece, making them fit like socks. The toe box and lateral side of the shoe is made of Hyposkin, a synthetic material that adapts to the shape of the foot, while the midfoot and medial sides of the shoe are made of mesh. The combination of materials makes the shoe much lighter than most others I’ve worn.

nb2The men’s Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin in Military Foliage Green.New Balance

While the upper plays a substantial part in the overall comfort of the sneaker, the Fresh Foam midsole is the biggest key. The soft foam material does a great job of absorbing and returning energy, so high-impact workouts aren’t hard on your feet. Additionally, the midsole is laser-engraved with octagonal flex grooves to improve energy absorption and flexible motion.

To complete the sneaker, New Balance used a full-length lightweight rubber outsole. This might seem like a standard feature, but I found it to be crucial in having a solid amount of grip during my workout (whether it be with the ground or a machine like the leg press), compared to some running sneakers that only have sectional rubber contact points. Much like the laser-engraved midsole, the outsole also uses a octagonal pattern, which flexes and allows your feet to move naturally.

When I wasn’t in the gym, I found the New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin to be great for all-day wear. The bootie construction made them easy to slip on, the Hyposkin molded to the shape of my feet, and the Fresh Foam midsole allowed me to stay on my feet for hours without aches or soreness.

If you’re looking for new workout sneakers that can meet all of your demands and fit within a strict budget, the New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin is hands-down one of the best choices on the market right now.

New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr Hyposkin, $99.99

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