Although the New Balance Fresh Foam series has been a recent favorite, the price has increased significantly and is out of reach for many folks. In response to the price increase I’ve looked at other shoes on the market. The current Asics “Gel Contend”, “Gel Excite” and “Gel Venture” models currently have many of the same desired features; neutral alignment, reinforced heel counter, cushioned midsole, and light weight at a much lower price. If you are looking for a good athletic shoe, one of these Asics models may work well.
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