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Some exciting stuff coming from New Balance lately. Fresh Foam has arrived in its tennis shoes with the brand new Fresh Foam LAV, designed using data collected from the absolute tower of a man that is Milos Raonic. The new shoe will undoubtedly give NB a position of renewed strength as they go into the 2019 season.

If you’ve never stood on Fresh Foam it’s as soft, supportive and responsive as any in the game. But to be honest, it’s NB’s new Kinetic Stitch technology that may steal the show. Using movement-specific biomechanical data, it’s an embroidered stitch pattern on the upper that varies in size, spacing and angles to increase the upper material’s strength, enhance flexibility and increase support.

We think it’s a great, clean-looking shoe that represents New Balance’s thorough, scientific approach to the game. Check this out below and then take a look at the rest of our men’s New Balance tennis shoe collection here, and our women’s New Balance tennis shoe collection here.

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So now we’ve given you the overview, here’s a little more science behind Kinetic Stitch technology. Basically, the TPU thread used on the upper is embroidered based on movement-specific biomechanical needs, then melted on to the mesh upper material. This creates targeted mechanical properties resulting in localised functional zones.

What this means is that by analysing Milos Raonic’s movement data, for example where he creates the most strain, it has enabled New Balance to tailor the Kinetic Stitch on the FreshFoam Lav to promote foot lockdown and reinforce lateral stability.

Fresh Foam

Incredibly responsive midsole cushioning provides precision comfort, ultimate support and lightweight feel.

Kinetic Stitch Technology

TPU thread embroidered and melted onto the upper for ultimate lockdown and support on lateral cuts.


Enlarged heel hexes for maximum cushioning, smaller hexes in the forefoot for propulsion and stability.

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