New Balance Hesi Low

Released 11/2023, Low Top, 
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7.7
EXPERT RATING
2 reviews
9.3
USER RATING
1 ratings
The New Balance Hesi Low is a jack of all trades. There are no weaknesses, but also no standout features.

Best Suitable For:

The New Balance Hesi Low is best for shifty players who don't need much impact protection.

Price Comparison:

Available at 2 shops | Official Retail Price: $109.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (2)
User Ratings (1)
Traction
7.5
Cushion
7.5
Materials
7.5
Support
8.0
Fit
8.0
Outdoor
100%

Weight & Sizing:

Weight:
NA
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide

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User Rating9.38.6(0.7)9.2(0.1)8.0(1.3)8.1(1.2)8.5(0.8)
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New Balance Hesi Low Review

Pros:
Outdoor-friendly rubber outsole
Lightweight build
Cons:
Lack of impact protection

Performance of the New Balance Hesi Low:

The Hesi Low is New Balance's latest budget model. It's the most affordable shoe in their basketball line. The traction is nothing special but performs consistently once the rubber warms up. There's a full-length FuelCell setup for cushioning. The shank is also decent. The setup is light and responsive. There's not much bounce or impact protection. Support and stability are decent. Reviewers had no issues other than slight heel slippage, which using a runner's knot can fix. The materials are of lower quality, but performance is not affected. The shoe is decently breathable. The New Balance Hesi Low is a solid performer and a formidable option in the budget market. The traction is consistent, and the lightweight construction is comfortable.
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Expert Reviews of the New Balance Hesi Low:

Expert Rating: 7.7 (ranks #272 of 303)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
7.8
December 6, 2023
The New Balance Hesi Low feels agile and light around the court. The traction warms up well, and it benefits lighter, shiftier players.
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7.6
December 6, 2023
The New Balance Hesi Low has no weaknesses, but there are also no standout features. I enjoy the cushioning, and the support is solid.
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User Reviews of the New Balance Hesi Low:

User Rating: 9.3 (ranks #18 of 303)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.3
April 7, 2024
User didn't add a summary.
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Traction of the New Balance Hesi Low:

Expert Traction Rating: 7.5 (ranks #268 of 303)
User Traction Rating: 8.0 (ranks #221 of 303)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.0
December 6, 2023
The grip is not elite but not bad either. It takes some rubber warming to start performing well.
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7.0
December 6, 2023
The traction performance is fine but it's not the best.
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Cushion of the New Balance Hesi Low:

Expert Cushion Rating: 7.5 (ranks #257 of 303)
User Cushion Rating: 7.0 (ranks #260 of 303)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
7.0
December 6, 2023
There's FuelCell foam and a top-loaded shank in this cushioning setup. The bounce feels consistent and lightweight.
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8.0
December 6, 2023
I'm happy with the cushioning setup. It's not stiff and feels comfortable. The FuelCell feels soft.
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Materials of the New Balance Hesi Low:

Expert Materials Rating: 7.5 (ranks #263 of 303)
User Materials Rating: 10.0 (ranks #2 of 303)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.0
December 6, 2023
The shoe has stout support within the material construction. The forefoot is decently breathable, too.
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7.0
December 6, 2023
The materials are somewhat cheap. The laces are too thin, but the shoe's padding is comfortable. Breathability is okay, too.
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Support of the New Balance Hesi Low:

Expert Support Rating: 8.0 (ranks #213 of 303)
User Support Rating: 9.0 (ranks #58 of 303)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.0
December 6, 2023
I like the heel counter setup and the construction of the lacing setup. Make sure to use the runner's knot for proper containment.
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8.0
December 6, 2023
The stability and support are stable and comfortable.
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Fit of the New Balance Hesi Low:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.0 (ranks #200 of 303)
User Fit Rating: 9.0 (ranks #50 of 303)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.0
December 6, 2023
I used the runner's knot to avoid heel slippage. The fit feels medium overall.
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8.0
December 6, 2023
The toe box feels snug. It's still comfortable, though.
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Durability of the New Balance Hesi Low:

User Durability Rating: NA 
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the New Balance Hesi Low:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 100.0 (ranks #1 of 303)
User Outdoor Rating: 100.0 (ranks #3 of 303)
Good (100%)
3
Fair (50%)
0
Bad (0%)
0
good
December 6, 2023
The rubber performs fantastic on outdoor courts.
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good
December 6, 2023
The outsole is sturdy enough for outdoors.
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Width of the New Balance Hesi Low:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
2
regular
1
slightly wide
0
very wide
0
regularly wide
December 6, 2023
2E feet can go with their true-to-size for lockdown or up a half size for extra room.
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slightly narrow
December 6, 2023
The width is snug. If you need extra space, go up half a size. True to size works, though.
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Size of the New Balance Hesi Low:

very small
0
slightly small
0
true to size
3
slightly long
0
very long
0
true to size
December 6, 2023
Narrow and medium feet can go true to size.
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true to size
December 6, 2023
I went true to size.
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