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Practice doesn’t make perfect. But it makes you harder to beat. The 1296 premier tennis shoe now has a premier upgrade: the S-Curve technology for lateral support.
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Add that to the Ndurance forefoot cage and the long-wearing drag tip you have perfect package to be the thorn in your opponents' side.
  • 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.

    Customer Reviews
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    Overall Product Rating

    2.3 / 5
    4 Reviews

    25% of reviewers recommend this product

    1 of 4

    Far too narrow.

    5/31/15 by | New Mexico

    • Used Product For: less than 2 weeks

    "Having read the other reviews I knew the shoe ran narrow. As I typically wear a D I went ahead and purchased a 2E. It was still very tight, particularly in the toe box. I'll be returning these shoes."

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    Comfort: 2 / 5

    Style: 4 / 5

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    2 of 4

    Very Narrow shoe.

    5/7/15 by | St. Paul, MN

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

    "Ordered my width, couldn't get my foot into the shoe. Very disappointed!"

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    Comfort: 1 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    3 of 4

    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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    4 of 4

    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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