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New Balance Lerato Running Shoes - AW21

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I have taken a lot of runs in in FuelCell TC, as it is SOO cool. But with the introduction of Lerato I think it is AT LEAST as cool. It feels best at easy to mid endurance paces and is good for casual runs and easy long runs. It is very smooth and easy to run in, with good rebound and forward bounce, but it is not overtly fast. Designed without compromise, New Balance running shoes are guaranteed to provide a responsive ride that fuels your run - in other words, get ready to feel faster-than-fast. Speed-seeking, breathable, conforming fit, optimal cushioning - New Balance has something for every run and every man. Jeff: I agree with Ivan, the Ride doesn’t have the same level of comfort and squish, but it is far more versatile in my running shoe repertoire. For pure comfort, Lerato, for anything else, Ride. Sounds like a perfect trainer for me on the rolling country roads. However, the weight of the shoe was noticeable at only 10 miles and it was not a shoe I wanted to take for long runs (15-20 miles). Because of the carbon plate, I enjoyed the shoe most while running at one minute above my marathon pace or 8;40 per mile, but I tired from the weight after that point. At a truly “slow” pace, I really felt the weight. As a walking shoe, no issues there. The “ride” is very nice while standing too.

It fits true to size for me with the toebox being just wide enough. It could be a tad wider for me though. Design wise the Lerato makes an excellent casual shoe. If you want to bring one shoe to a business trip or to a sales show - the Lerato is it. Even if you don’t plan to run it might be the best shoe you can get for standing all day in an exhibition hall! A carbon plate running shoe weighing 340g. in men´s size US9 and 290g. in women´s size US7,5. It sounded completely wrong before I tested the shoe as carbon plate shoes usually feature among the lightest shoes. Ivan: The TC is lighter and feels even more cushioned. It’s without doubt more versatile and I use it for all kinds of runs. No matter the pace I prefer for the TC. With that being said, I’m not a big fan of the fit in the TC, which feels somewhat sloppy to me. The Lerato conforms better to my footshape.

Renee: My first impression of the Lerato was confused. At 10 oz in a women’s size 8, the Lerato is my heaviest road shoe and close to the same weight as my heaviest trail shoe (Saucony Peregrine). On foot, the tongue and heel collar/heel counter come up high, reminding me of a hiking shoe. Is the Lerato a running shoe? A walking shoe? Both? That’s the confusing part. What is not confusing is that the Lerato is a luxury shoe with an overall comfortable feel for me. I wore a women’s size 8, my typical New Balance road shoe size. In other models/brands, I can wear a size 7.5. For runner’s between two half sizes, I suggest choosing the longer size. Sam: Concur with Derek. The “mechanical”, noisy, brutal even in its look and feel Tempo is a far better faster heavy duty trainer and a far lighter one, almost 3 ounces lighter and this is clearly felt on the run. Lerato is everything Tempo is not: classy in looks, smooth and soft and I find more stable but is in no way the hard core, long, hard pace oriented Tempo Next If you on the other hand are a fairly new runner or exerice runner, Lerato is a completely amazing choice for all of your weekly runs. In my view, Lerato is a world class running shoe which really sets new standards. It will help many runners reach their targets. The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

Jeff: I’m with Derek 100%. Very different rides and intentions, and even though I usually tend to prefer softer shoes, the Shift is the much better running shoe. The resulting feel is one of bottomless soft bouncy cushion that is never mushy or sloppy in feel thanks to the combination of the carbon plate, rear clips, and outsole.The cushion feel is soft but never bottoms out. But this is a running shoe which in terms of weight seems very similar to a classic high-mileage training shoe like ASICS GEL-Nimbus, but in terms of type is more similar to a racer like New Balance FuelCell TC or Nike Vaporfly on the basis of its carbon plate midsole.Adam: The Lerato is the best walking shoe I’ve ever tried. It’s incredibly comfortable, loves a nice heel strike + heel to toe transition, and is remarkably plush and bouncy.

I do also puzzle about the choice of the dense not particularly pliable trail shoe like toe box mesh. While it ties into the visual design magnificently, it is rougher on the top of the toes with no real stretch or give than I would except for such a deluxe offering. On the flip side, I expect it to prove very durable. Certain types of items cannot be returned. Please get in touch if you have questions or concerns about your specific item.The laces contribute to the style and high-end feel as well with seamless molded plastic aglets and reflective stitching. The Lerato is a professional, luxury shoe with top-notch comfort and fit. Sam: Concur with Renee here. More cushion, more comforting the Lerato, much more versatile the 880v11 for daily run training.

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