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New Balance adds a new member to its Fresh Foam family: the Fresh Foam Tempo. The Tempo by the popular brand New Balance bridges the gap between competition shoes and all-round running shoes. The shoe can be seen as the successor of the Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit. Because the Fresh Foam Tempo is a completely different shoe than the Pursuit, New Balance also decided to rechristen the shoe.

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What makes the Tempo so different from the Zante Pursuit? And what does this mean for your running sessions? In this blog we will compare both models and zoom in on the technologise used in the shoes. Who knows? This new Fresh Foam shoe might be your perfect training partner.

New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo in detail

Discover the unique characteristics of this model

New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo Side Shot
Engineered Mesh
Fresh Foam X
Blown Rubber

Breathable and Sturdy

The New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo has an Engineered Mesh upper. This means that the material used in the upper provides a lot of ventilation thereby ensuring that your feet won’t overheat during your runs. The shoe’s toebox is slightly elastic and shapes itself after the feet. The embroidery around the midfoot is seen in more New Balance running shoes this season. In addition to being a nice detail that gives the shoes that extra bit of colour, this is also a functional feature. The embroidery provides some extra support and a foot-hugging fit around the midfoot without pressure points.

The heel cap of the new Fresh Foam Tempo is a far cry from the Zante Pursuit’s heel cap. The Tempo has a layer of TPU plastic along the outside of the heel. This ensures that the shoes stay in place and that the heel is protected.

New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo Stairs
New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo Colourful

Legendary Foam

Fresh Foam is now an indispensable part of New Balance running shoes. In the past year New Balance upgraded the standard Fresh Foam material to Fresh Foam X material. The new Fresh Foam X is lighter than its predecessor and provides excellent cushioning. The entire midsole of the Fresh Foam Tempo is made of Fresh Foam X material. This midsole is made of one single unit thanks to which you will enjoy the comfortable foam throughout the transition of your foot. The engraved pattern on the sides of the midsole provides extra responsiveness. The running shoes have a faster feel without having sacrificed cushioning.

Grip in all Conditions

The outsole of the Fresh Foam Tempo consists of three parts: the forefoot is made of a layer of lightweight Blown Rubber, the middle part is the same Fresh Foam X as found in the midsole and the heel piece is made of a firmer type of Blown Rubber. The blown rubber in the forefoot makes the shoe slightly stiffer and provides you with good grip during take off. It almost feels like you’re being pushed forward. Thanks to this characteristic the shoes are very suitable for your faster trainings or races. The firmer type of blown rubber in the outsole helps prevent wear. What’s more, the entire outsole features a geometric stud pattern. This pattern ensures that you experience excellent grip during your runs.

New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo Male version

Luxurious and Durable

At New Balance they are always looking for the ultimate interaction between cushioning and responsiveness. New Balance upped the ante with the new Fresh Foam X. Its a high-quality foam which is lighter than its predecessor. Discover New Balance’s range of Fresh Foam and Fresh Foam X running shoes in our webshop.

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With the Fresh Foam Tempo, New Balance has bridged the gap between all-round running shoes such as their 1080 or 880 series, and competition shoes such as the 890 series. The Fresh Foam Tempo is suitable for your fast trainings as well as for on race day. It’s the perfect match when you are looking for a little more cushioning than most conventional competition shoes have to offer. These running shoes score high on cushioning, responsiveness and speed.

We expect the New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo in our webshop by the end of March. They will come in versions for men, women and children. Do you still have questions about these shoes, or about other shoes from the Fresh Foam family, then don’t hesitate to contact our customer service.

Technical Specifications
6 mm
approx. 258 grams (Men US size 9)
Type of Runner
Neutral Runners
Type of Shoes
All-round Running Shoes
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