New Balance 832 £60

Posted: 20 October 2003

Weight 311g
Evaluation 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,
In short 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 (£65)

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How come this shoe is only being review now as a new launch as I purchased a pair Of 832 back in July from the Sweatshop teddington.
Posted: 31/10/2003 at 16:54

Actually the 831 does exist as it came out in the States but never made it to the UK
Posted: 22/11/2003 at 18:48

Guess it takes some time to properly test the shoe for durability, and the December issue goes to the printers in er, September. Probably. Ish. ;-)
Posted: 22/11/2003 at 19:11

have seen a pair of these for £40..worth buying?
Posted: 28/04/2005 at 13:03

Can't see there's any obligation on anyone to test a shoe the day it's released.
Posted: 28/04/2005 at 13:09

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