New Balance Rise V1 Review

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Among seasoned athletes and total amateurs, New Balance is a brand that has built quite a reputation with both. Many sneaker lovers convert to the New Balance way of life after their first pair.  This brand loyalty is self-explanatory when you learn how New Balance is dedicated to meeting the needs of movers and shakers, new and old. This commitment shines in their creations that have awesome support and streamlined styles.

The Rise V1 won’t disappoint if you hold New Balance to that expectation. This extremely supportive and lightweight sneaker struts its stuff with a fresh woven appearance. It is clear to see why New Balance lovers everywhere can appreciate a pair such as the Rise V1. The Fresh Foam midsole is cushioned without sacrificing great support. While the sleek style of the Rise V1 may be enchanting, don’t forget it also bounces with every step!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Woven Upper
  • Minimal Heel-To-Drop
  • Cushioned Upper
  • Lightweight Design
  • Fresh Foam 
Cons
  • Slightly Drab
  • Minimal Stability
Comfort

Comfort

New Balance makes so many insanely comfortable sneakers, the Rise V1 is absolutely no exception. The comfort all starts at the base a minimalist heel-to-toe drop makes for a solid standing. You feel like your foot is stable and grounded, despite the fact, there is pretty heavy cushioning. The outsole is soft and shock-absorbing, its thickness allows for a lot of bounce-back with every step. Three layers of New Balance’s Fresh Foam are in the middle, but they aren’t your typical foam layers.

These, in particular, are perforated so there is a high level of breathability and even more lightness to an already light shoe. The tongue and collar are extremely padded, hugging your foot into the sneaker and providing a bit of a bumper between your skin and the upper of the shoe. Padding such as this helps to prevent rubbing and pinching during activities.

Thin laces for a tightly tied fit are wonderful for those with feet of all shapes. New Balance tends to run a bit wider than other running sneakers, but the contoured design of the Rise V1 makes the sneaker much more accessible to a range of wearers. The knit upper is extremely plush and breezy. It has a lot of additional support without feeling stuffy or tight. All of these things considered, you have a breathable, incredibly soft, supportive shoe that will be the perfect accomplice for running or walking.
Color

Color

While New Balance often champions bold color schemes and eye-catching accents, this is a more reserved pick from the brand. The palette is basically a grayscale, even in the darker black option. Not for nothing, gray is a new neutral and super accessible to style and work into your wardrobe, so this isn’t an excessively negative downside. It just strays from the usual punch of color that is to be expected with a lot of athletic sneakers. For someone who enjoys darker, more muted colors, or wears athletic gear as their casual wear, the New Balance Rise V1 will be a good sneaker to grab. What it lacks in color it makes up for in feel and wearability. This really is a well-made and thoughtful addition to the New Balance family, and it was overall difficult to find negatives to it. If you want a more subtle choice to wear every day or on errands, this is Rise V1 will not disappoint.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is really important in fit, and even more so if you’re planning on being active in your sneakers more than just the usual wear. The forefoot on this Rise V1 is extremely flexible and will move with you on every step. Whereas many shoes with a large range of motion rely on horizontal slits throughout the sole or very thin soles, the construction of these and light foam layers allow for more movement with less barebones components. While cut outsoles or thin layers of the sole are effective as well, it can make other features integration virtually impossible.

The heel-to-drop on the New Balance Rise V1 is surprising considering the pliability of this sneaker, and that is something often missing from these thinned out or cut-away soles to make them capable of greater motion. Its very thick outsole is accented by a perforated and motion-ready midsole. Each layer is carefully constructed to make wearing them an absolute treat. This sneaker looks pretty heavy and it is most definitely a support shoe, but it retains its mobility so well due to materials like those utilized in the midsole and gorgeous upper.
Heel-To-Drop

Heel-To-Drop

Many people don’t really know what heel-to-drop means or why it's important. For runners, this is a crucial consideration in a shoe, and once non-runners find out what it is, they may find it becomes a crucial consideration for them as well. Basically, soles have a certain level of drop from the heel to toe. Running shoes frequently have a pretty low level of heel to drop. What this controls is how your foot strikes the ground, and how it feels when your feet are flat against the ground. Minimal heel to drop can be anywhere from 0 mm to 8 mm, which is the range generally preferred for running options. This New Balance Rise V1 has a heel to drop measuring at 6mm.

So, how will this feel and how will this affect the movements of the foot? Well, the strike won’t be predominantly at the heel. Instead, it will shift to come into contact with the ground at more the forefoot and midfoot area. This disperses the impact that your foot and heel in particular usually take during a run. Research suggests this is the most efficient stride, due to the proper distribution of stress and pressure. It reduces the risk of injuries and discomfort. For those with problematic knees or ankles, look for minimal heel-to-drop shoes and you will immediately feel a great pressure lifted from your feet, and mind.
Midsole

Midsole

The Fresh Foam line that this New Balance Rise V1 belongs to has made waves within the sneaker community for its performance. Their engineers managed to develop a foam that works with the contours of the feet, creating a base of the shoe that is formed by your own unique foot. Utilizing a technique called “informed laser engraving” layers of the midsole were engraved to remove bulk and supply comfort to wear your foot needs it most. This makes for an overall lighter and more capable shoe for comfort and support. What this shoe ends up being is a cloud-like experience while running or working out. Every step feels better than the last and the midsole lends itself to other features of the shoe perfectly. Made from their Fresh Foam, you may wonder what goes into such an awesome line of sneakers. The goal of Fresh Foam is to revolutionize foam cushioning. While a lot of foam collapses quickly, Fresh Foam focuses on maintaining support even with their ultimate level of cushioning.
Style

Style

The style of these New Balance Rise V1 is classic. The look is very contemporary and easy to wear. While maintaining a sporty and athletic look, the Rise V1 also is very streamlined, which allows for a sleek appearance when styling. The midsole and outsole are a bit thicker so they do bulk up the profile, but dimpling on the outer sole breaks it up so it doesn’t look too heavy, nor does it weigh the style of the shoe down. A sophisticated woven upper has almost an ombre look to it, which is extremely on trend right now. The grayscale option that is the default for this design is simple and refreshing. It isn’t one of those overly bland shoes that you have to try to lift with a more head-turning athletic ensemble. This New Balance holds its own with a variety of different ways to wear it. Just as cute with a pair of jeans and a tee shirt for running some errands as it is with your favorite cutout leggings and performance tank.
Support

Support

Incredible support comes from their Fresh Foam midsole, but that isn’t the only component that makes this shoe a stand out. While many foam-cushioned shoes collapse under the weight of the wearer and end up falling short of expectations, this Fresh Foam holds up to wear in a different way. Arch support is abundant in the Rise V1, and if you know how rare it is to find a foam shoe with actual support, you’ll be excited to get your hands on this one.

A padded collar keeps your ankle feeling stable and in the proper position. Contoured footbeds keep it just where it needs to be to benefit from the minimal heel-to-drop. A proper drop with gradual decline makes for a more comfortable and effective foot strike when walking or running. This is absolutely crucial on a workout shoe. You will feel the difference between wearing one with a built-up heel, encouraging heel strike and an uncomfortable amount of pressure on the back of the foot, and something with a much less steep drop, like this lovely New Balance Rise V1.
Traction

Traction

Rubber outsoles are awesome for traction, sneakers which have them don’t leave much room for complaint in terms of grip. However, sneakers that fail to utilize the rubber by adding substantial grip to hug the ground are doing themselves a disservice. The hexagonal traction on the New Balance Rise V1 seems like it would work well enough, but in all reality, it is a bit lackluster. The very texture on the individual pods themselves makes this shoe a bit disappointing when just looking at the grip.

Alternating diagonal lines and dots, there is a bit of traction on the bottom of this sneaker, but not significant amounts, and certainly not enough for working out on very smooth and hard surfaces. These will be a great gym shoe or running shoe if you are going to be on a track, otherwise, you made need something with a bit more traction for the ability to have great traction on a variety of surfaces. Just something to think about going forward when shopping around for sneakers. Otherwise, the New Balance Rise V1 is pretty awesome, and it has all the comfort of a casual shoe with the performance of an athletic option.
Upper

Upper

It is so easy to fall in love with this modern looking running and walking sneaker. The outsole is patterned to give some texture that is immediately visible but still very subtle. The woven pattern on this looks phenomenal and has the appearance of intricacy. Sneakers usually rely on stitching and seams to keep them together, however, New Balance does things a little differently on this Rise V1.

The upper is constructed in a way that utilizes no sewing or stitching except for on the back of the heel. Their wispy ombre look becomes even sleeker when you see it isn’t at all interrupted with heavy stitching or contrasting lines. The end result is a New Balance that looks hip and fun. Their laces are flat and thin and woven through a traditional lacing system that keeps the shoe fitting comfortable all day. The toe guard comes up a bit for protection and durability, but otherwise, the design is a clean and uninterrupted grayscale upper that is attractive to the eye and the foot, once it feels how wonderfully it fits.
Weight

Weight

A woven upper doesn’t only look super stylish, but it cuts back on overall weight and bulk as well. This fits tightly against the foot, making the force to pick your feet up with every step much less. Fresh Foam is also so incredibly lightweight, New Balance has spent a very long time developing light-as-air technology to put into their athletic shoes. There is nothing to the Rise V1 in terms of heavyweight materials. As mentioned when talking about the midsole, layers make up the entire midsole on this.

Those layers are laser-cut to enhance their performance. This also ends up taking off excess unnecessary weight. There is support in all the right places in a really streamlined way. While the sole of this may seem a bit bulky, that doesn’t translate to the weight of the shoe. The foam is built up to achieve that perfect balance of minimal heel-to-drop and keeps you stable when in the gym due to its extended outsole making contact with the floor. This creates a feeling of total security when you’re wearing these.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you’re dying to get your hands on a new pair of sneakers that you can wear with everything that makes you feel like you could also do anything, try out these New Balances. For those who are familiar with the brand, this sneaker will bring all their favorite elements right to their fingertips. The cushioning and support is unparalleled by similarly sleek shoes. The design is straightforward but wearable with so many different looks. If you crave a sneaker that feels light-as-air that still offers a great deal of stability, the Rise V1 is just the thing.