Eagle-eyed readers will notice that we’ve yet to review the New Balance 831. That’s not because we have missed it, but because New Balance have simply leapt straight from 830
to 832. The good news, though, is that despite the bigger-than-normal numerical increase, the 832 will not disappoint the many fans of the 830.
Of course, New Balance are masters at improving on models without ruining what made them so good in the first place, and they’ve done it again here. The main change comes in the midsole: there’s simply less of it and the 832 looks much, much sleeker than the previous model. Don’t worry, though, the lower profile doesn’t mean the shoe loses its excellent cushioned ride. New Balance has actually shaved midsole material, and therefore a little weight, by removing the EVA ‘sidewalls’ which cradled the upper. This means you now sit on the shoe, rather than in it.
The comfortable, one-piece upper now has fewer plastic overlays and a more rounded toe. That said, it feels snugger, and therefore more supportive, in the midfoot. Weartesters who liked the 830 were more than happy with the latest version’s light, breezy upper, forefoot fit and exceptional cushioning – especially for long races or fast days,
When it comes to balanced cushioning and support, the 832 is an exceptional performance training shoe that deserves to be on your shortlist.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 830
(£60); Reebok Road Lite