The New Balance 696 offers a new, performance value in the New Balance tennis shoe line. ABZORB technology for excellent cushioning, with a breathable mesh upper. A great option for the casual to intermediate player who wants to enjoy the courts in comfort.
1 YEAR OUTSOLE WARRANTY
Upper: Mesh upper with synthetic overlays. Padded tongue and heel collar.
Midsole: Injection molded EVA midsole for lightweight, durable cushioning. ABZORB foam offers a superior blend of cushioning and compression set. Die-cut insole for added step in comfort.
Outsole: NDurance rubber compound is used in high wear areas for maximum durability. Herringbone traction pattern provides all court performance.
So far it's all positive. I bought the sneakers as I thought they'd be more breathable than my K-Swiss and older NB. So far that appears to be accurate, but the votes aren't in yet on durability. so we'll see.
4 StarsHigh Quality / Low Price
Rob R. 4.5 Player for 20 yr. from TX wrote (July 23, 2014):
No break in required, unlike many pricey shoes that look fancy but were very uncomfortable even painfull even after several wearings. Cushioning and support very good. Out Sole the most durable I have owned (I have had various pairs with 6 month garanty did not impress) and very good grip of the court. Very comfortable shoe. My feet feel great in these shoes. Am surprized by the quality of these shoes. Shoes look kinda generic.
5 StarsGreat Wearing Shoe
Roy from TN wrote (July 12, 2014):
No break in required. Feels great and good support when playing.
5 StarsSpecial shoes
brimitch from FL wrote (June 09, 2014):
Just bought my second pair of these shoes. I have some serious foot issues, and most shoes are not adaptable for fitting. But these? Terrific! No pain, no sores. And a terrific price!
4 StarsGood shoe, cost effective
John R. from TX wrote (May 02, 2014):
I own three pair that I rotate with some other NB shoes. I like that they support US manufacturing, although mine are not US-made. The Ndurance guaranty only applies to one pair per customer lifetime.