New Balance is combining all their latest tech into the 868 skate shoes to provide top tier cushioning, impact protection, abrasion resistance and stability without sacrificing board feel. Go ahead and take long look at that those specs.
- FantomFit Upper
- Fantom Tape
- Internal Toe Protection
- Ndurance® Upper
- N2® Cushioning
- Polyurethane Insole
- C-Cap® Midsole
- Ndurance® Rubber Outsole
Cupsole - Durable and shock-absorbing to provide the best impact protection against hard landings. Cupsoles generally last longer than a vulcanized sole but don't provide as much flexibility and board feel right out of the box.
FantomFit Upper - FantomFit is a skeletally engineered upper that provides ultra-light support and fit. It is created by fusing two extremely thin materials with a no-sew process.
Fantom Tape - FantomTape provides bonded, lightweight strategic support.
Internal Toe Protection - Hidden from view but working hard to provide extra durability.
Ndurance® Upper - Coated suede feels and skates like regular suede but is significantly more durable. This equates to 20% longer lifespan for your shoes.
N2® Cushioning - A low-to-ground cushioning technology that uses less material underfoot while delivering impact absorption equal to or better than shoes with traditional midsole heights. The result is improved board feel without sacrificing protection.
Polyurethane Insole - Closed cell polyurethane insert absorbs impacts and provides a consistent fit.
C-Cap® Midsole - A compression-molded EVA for superior midsole cushioning and flexibility.
Ndurance® Rubber Outsole - Ndurance® is a highly durable rubber compound that increases the lifespan of this shoe's outsole.
I'm not a fan of them for skating. they are very stiff and the board feel is not great. If I skated every day, I would probably get used to them. But, I don't, so I haven't. When I use them to just walk around, my pinkie toe goes numb because the shape of the toe box is just weird. It's as if these were made for someone without a pinkie toe. I understand that it is advantageous to have the toe box pretty snug in a skate shoe for flick and whatnot. but, skate shoes typically stretch quite a bit to allow for our feet to customize the fit some. These shoes don't seem to want to stretch at all. That would be great if they started out a little more foot shaped. but as it stands, these are very stiff and not comfortable and dont' show any signs of stretching out at all.
I would like this shoe if it stayed this stiff, i think but had a little more room around the pinkie toe. i think I could get used to the stiffness if it started out a little more comfortable.