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First Look: New Balance Fresh Foam X Hierro v7

Lace into these all-conditions kicks and log some miles off the beaten path

For trail runners who like to get off the manicured paths, it’s critical to have shoes that are up to the task. Whether you’re navigating uneven terrain, steep slopes, soggy conditions, or all of the above, your footwear needs to provide protection, traction, support, and cushion. Luckily, New Balance’s Fresh Foam X Hierro v7 is built to help you take your workouts beyond the pavement with confidence. Here’s how it works, and how upgrading to the Hierro helps protect the places you run. 

Fresh Foam X Hierro v7
Fresh Foam X Hierro v7 (Photo: New Balance)

Durability and Protection

The Fresh Foam X Hierro v7 employs the best of New Balance’s off-road running technology to maximize durability and protection. With grippy traction rooted in the redesigned Vibram® MegaGrip outsole and biting 4.5 mm lugs, these shoes help you stay surefooted while climbing and descending steep terrain. MegaGrip’s sticky rubber compound is especially welcome in wet and muddy conditions. The outsoles are built to endure rough trail conditions and include Toe Protect—an extra layer of rubber armor over the toe box—to shield your toes from impacts on rocks or debris.

Of course, all that traction and protection wouldn’t matter without superior support and comfort.  New Balance designed the signature Fresh Foam X midsole using 3D motion captured pressure mapping and force application data gathered from real athletes. Translation: more comfort over long miles. Plus, the shoe’s next-level breathability, courtesy of a mesh-and-synthetic upper with just the right amount of water resistance, helps your feet maintain a comfortable temperature without sacrificing protection.  This all-conditions performance is paired with lightweight construction, providing the ultimate foundation for all of your trail runs—no matter the distance.


As a part of its sustainability mission to support and benefit organizations working on climate change and public lands initiatives, New Balance has pledged to donate 1 percent of gross sales from all Fresh Foam X Hierro v7, Fresh Foam X Hierro Mid, and Fresh Foam X Hierro GTX sold in the United Stated to 1% for the Planet. From its strategic design that optimizes comfort and protection to the monetary support that’s given to an environmentally focused entity with your purchase, the Fresh Foam X Hierro v7 from New Balance will have you feeling good on and off the trail. 

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