Everyone In My Family Has a Pair of These Running Shoes—and Celebrities Love Them Too

I come from a family of runners, and we all swear by these New Balance running shoes.

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My family takes running extremely seriously. Collectively, we've run dozens of marathons, half-marathons, 5ks, and track meets. We have burned through tons of running shoes, always on the lookout for the perfect pair. This weekend, I laced up next to my parents only to start laughing: The three of us were wearing the exact same running shoes.

Without consulting each other—and while living in different cities across the country—we all had settled on the New Balance Fresh Foam Arisha v3 Running Shoes" New Balance Fresh Foam Arisha v3 Running Shoes (Buy It, $57, zappos.com). This couldn't have been a cosmic coincidence, right? Nope. I'm here to tell you exactly why these New Balance running sneakers are *so* incredible. (

First of all, these running shoes deliver just the right amount of cushioning to support you while you run or throughout most any kind of cardio, really. They feel as comfortable as slipping into your favorite pair of leggings, while the padded collar and soft tongue offer plenty of ankle support and won't irritate or rub your skin. Also amazing: The mesh lining is super breathable so your feet don't overheat.

The weight distribution of these shoes also promotes a midfoot strike—which basically means the heel and ball of the foot touch the ground at the same time. Why is this important? Well, this is the best way to run to prevent injury, according to my old track coach. But, if you need further proof, my shin splints seem to be gone for good as well thanks to these trusty New Balance running shoes. (

Not only are these running shoes my ride-or-dies, but my parents have been running in New Balance footwear all their lives, and are both equally hesitant to try any other brand. Turns out, we aren't the only fans. The brand even has the celebrity stamp of approval from Kate Middleton, Jennifer Garner, and Reese Witherspoon, who have all stepped out in NB sneakers. Plus, reviewers on Zappos rave that the shoes are "light," "bendable," "cozy," and "the most comfortable kicks I've ever worn."

The versatile, lightweight shoe works on many kinds of terrain and seamlessly transitions between activities, including running errands, gym workouts, biking, and hikes. The classic black colorway ~literally~ goes with everything in my closet, so you can catch me wearing mine on repeat. Pick up a pair of New Balance Fresh Foam Arisha v3 Running Shoes for your next workout—and while you're at it, grab some for your parents too.

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3 All Black

Buy It: New Balance Fresh Foam Arisha v3 Running Shoes for Women, $57, zappos.com

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3

Buy It: New Balance Fresh Foam Arisha v3 Running Shoes for Men, $60, zappos.com

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