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The 5 W's of the New Balance Fresh Foam X 860v12

What do you see when you look at the New Balance Fresh Foam X 860v12? Does it look comfortable to wear? Can you see a great style? One thing you may not notice too quickly is the number twelve at the end of 860v12. What do those two numbers show you about the 860v12? They are a simple indication that the New Balance Fresh Foam 860v12 is the twelfth version of the 860. The number twelve also gives you a little more information you may not know. The 860v12 isn't just the twelfth in New Balance's 860 series of their Fresh Foam line, but it is also so popular that New Balance keeps making new ones.

The 860v12 is a popular New Balance purchase and we have a good idea why. So if you're looking to find out why this version of the 860 is worth your time versus other shoes you could buy, here are our 5 W's to tell you why.

We stock the New Balance Fresh Foam X 860v12 in the color black

Who is the New Balance Fresh Foam 860 for?

New Balance considers this popular shoe to be a part of their running shoe collection. While this does mean New Balance made this shoe to help the everyday runner, it doesn't mean runners are the only ones who can reap its benefits.

You'll find the root of the New Balance Fresh Foam X 860v12's feature is its supportive abilities. Runners need a lot of support for their feet to keep up a continued pace while training. They need a shoe that helps cushion their feet and relieves the demand that running puts on them. Running shoes that reduce excess motion of your foot and ankle without restricting movement too much are also helpful to a runner. So if you're an everyday runner, this shoe is definitely for you.

But can anyone else benefit from the 860v12? Jobs with retail workers, doctors, teachers, and several other professions also need supportive shoes. If you're someone who is on their feet all day and constantly moving, you'll need a shoe that can support you. A long day at work, walking, or running can seem much worst when your feet are in pain. So yes, New Balance made the 860v12 shoe for runners but that doesn't stop it from helping anyone that requires comfortable shoes.

What is the Fresh Foam 860's best feature?

The answer to this question is in the name, Fresh Foam. Fresh Foam is an advanced technology patented by New Balance that has upgraded New Balance shoes to a higher level. With each of the shoes that New Balance has incorporated Fresh Foam into, they have increased Fresh Foam's effectiveness. This technology is a big reason why the 860v12 and other Fresh Foam shoe series are very popular.

But what did New Balance design Fresh Foam to do? Fresh Foam was made to enhance all the already great aspects of New Balance shoes. It's a lighter material meaning your New Balance shoe weighs less, helping your feet to move easier. It also boasts a responsive cushioning that responds to every step you take with a plush feel but still allows you to feel the ground you're walking or running on. The 860v12 even has a softer midsole than the v11 and with "emphasis on 360 degrees of softness". All this still allows the shoe to maintain its stability-minded features which means it's comfortable on your foot but still stable and supportive.

Why do we recommend it as a supportive shoe?

It may not seem like it, but the human foot has 42 muscles, 33 joints, 26 bones, and 50+ fibrous tendons, ligaments, and support tissue. Every single part of this system works to make your feet do what they need to do to keep you standing. Depending on how much you weigh, your age, and/or how active you are, the wear on your feet can be extensive. As a shoe store with 3 certified pedorthists, we recommend a supportive shoe and the New Balance 860v12 fits the bill.

Supportive shoes give you the support necessary to support your weight, activity level, and aging feet. They provide more mobility for your feet without the pain and discomfort that comes with uncomfortable shoes. Supportive shoes also give you the balance and stability your feet need. Without good balance or support, you cannot expect your feet to keep you upright. It also helps that New Balance considers the 860 their most important shoe in the stability category. According to the designer, Chase Robinson, they are "laser-focused on providing a solution for this consumer that provides the right balance of stability, protection and cushioning..". Every feature in the 860v12 works to give you the balance, stability, mobility, and ultimately the support your shoes should give you.

When should you wear the 860v12?

Physical activity can be defined as any time your body is moving that requires an expenditure of energy. Everyone uses different levels of energy from the moment we wake up in the morning until we fall asleep at night. The type of energy we're referring to though is anything that puts unnecessary strain on your feet or gets your feet moving. This includes walking, running, jumping, bending, or reaching. All of these different activities require the muscle, joints, bones, etc. to move or strain and support your weight at the same time.

Someone who is an avid everyday runner should grab their New Balance X 860v12's before they head out for a run. They are very helpful for the high-impact foot strikes that roads, tracks, courts, and fields demand. A trailblazer who enjoys walking along all the local and non-local trails would benefit from the 860v12 since the best part of the trail is usually the unpaved dirt road. Neighborhood or road bikers will also enjoy wearing the 860 when biking to give their feet some extra cushion while they're pedaling. At work, a waitress will want and appreciate the Fresh Foam X 860v12 during their busy times when they're scurrying around waiting on tables and delivering orders. All of these different uses prove how versatile the 860 is.

Where can you purchase the New Balance 860v12?

New Balance is one of the largest companies in the world, so you can, of course, buy their shoes at a large variety of places. We're hoping that you will take some time to consider Boger's Shoes as your New Balance provider. As a small family-owned business in Jacksonville, Florida, we make customer service our number one priority. Our shoe fitters make sure every shoe fits you comfortably before you leave our store. Even if you're not local to Jacksonville, we take the time to ensure the shoes we ship out will arrive promptly and fit you to your satisfaction. If they don't, we will do our best to fix the problem. So stop in today or send us an email at and shop the New Balance X 860v12 today! Available in black.

If you're still not convinced on the Fresh Foam X 860v12 then shop our whole New Balance Collection for even more New Balance options.

Boger's Shoes has been in the shoe business for over 60 years so we know and love shoes.

Stop by to today to experience the Boger's Shoes difference, your feet will be glad you did.

Available in black

Product Details

Style #; M860n12

324 grams (11.4 oz)

Layered midsole featuring topbed Fresh Foam cushioning

Engineered mesh upper with strategic embroidery for support

Reflective accents designed to catch the light

Breathable Structure

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