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From the low-profile N2 cushioning in the heel to drag-tip protection on the toe, the New Balance 1296 is made for victory. Our premier men’s tennis shoe, the 1296 delivers world-class stability and top-flight performance.
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High-level performance meets world-class stability in the New Balance 1296, our premier tennis shoe. S-Curve™ stability technology — designed specifically for tennis players — helps provide optimal lateral support as you cut across the court. Full-length ACTEVA™ LITE midsole cushioning and low-profile N2 cushioning in the heel are a game, set, match made in heaven, keeping your feet comfortable and supported as you play. And to stand up to your scorching serves, the 1296 men’s tennis shoe also features an Ndurance® rubber forefoot cage and long-wear drag tip for durability.
Features
  • 12 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 12 mm drop are approximate
  • Herringbone Outsole allows increased traction for lateral motion and quick pivoting
  • LIGHTNING DRY® liner keeps your feet dry and comfortable as you train
  • Non-marking outsole
  • No-sew material application
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
  • Technology
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    ACTEVA™ LITE 24% lighter than New Balance's standard compression molded foam for optimal compression set properties.

    N2® is a low-to-the-ground cushioning technology that is responsive and durable cushioning system in a low profile execution.

    Rubber compound for maximum durability used in high wear areas.

    S-curve™

    A stability system designed for cutting movements. This system is designed to provide optimal lateral forefoot, midfoot and medial heel support.

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    Overall Product Rating

    3.7 / 5
    3 Reviews

    67% of reviewers recommend this product

    1 of 3

    Wish I could have worn it...

    2/13/15 by | Spring Lake, MI

    • Used Product For: less than 2 weeks
    • Primary Activity: Other

    "I ordered the 1296 to replace (upgrade?) my worn-out 806's. I ordered the same 2E size, but there was no way I could fit into the 2E 1296's. The shoe looks narrow, and is. I thought I was maybe deceived by the look, but I measured the insole and found that it was 3/8' narrower than the insole of my 806. Not only that, but the "hard sides" of the 1296 eliminated any chance of the shoe stretching to fit. I returned the shoe unworn, and ordered replacement 806's. My rating is low not because of the quality of the shoe, but the fact that I could not use it. It may work great for someone with a narrower foot."

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    2 of 3

    Nice Tennis shoe...beware of sizing.

    2/11/15 by | Central Florida

    • Used Product For: 4-6 weeks
    • Primary Activity: Other

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "Great shoe...lighter than my previous NB tennis shoe. Caution! I ordered a 'E' width and the shoe is still to narrow...only NB I ever had this issue with including trainers and running models."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    3 of 3

    Great tennis shoe

    6/9/14 by | Michigan, USA

    • Used Product For: 4-6 weeks
    • Primary Activity: Playing a Team Sport

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "First and foremost, this is a ***tennis*** shoe. This is not a running shoe. I've played tennis with the 1187 (2 pair#, and the 996 #1 pair#. This is the best tennis shoe NB developed thus far. The stability, cushioning, weight and breathability are outstanding. The attention to detail #laceless/sleeve tongue, over-molded forefoot in-step, thin breathable tongue, and mesh inserts# clearly show NB put thought into this shoe. I've had sole wear issues with both the 1187 and 996 #didn't take advantage of the wear warranty). I hope this issue is resolved with the 1296. This is the only reason for 4/5 instead of 5/5 rating."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 4 / 5

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