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New Balance Downforce 840 Named "Best For Boot Camp And Agility Classes" By Shape Magazine

November 24th 2008

Boston, MA -

New Balance announced today that Shape magazine has named the New Balance Downforce 840 women's training shoe "Best for Boot Camp and Agility Classes."

The Downforce 840 "provides excellent traction" which "makes it easy to do fast foot movements with confidence," a Shape tester reported.

The New Balance Downforce 840 caters to athletes looking to increase their speed, explosiveness and control. Designed for agility and power training, the Downforce 840 cradles the foot using New Balance LockDown Linerâ„¢ technology, an adjustable liner that is integrated into the lacing system to provide a custom fit and securely hold the foot in place. The outsole features a combination of a turf-inspired tread and a herringbone pattern which offers traction on hardwood, turf, and outdoor surfaces. The outsole also features a pivot point to aid in quick turning as well as a rubber wrap on the forefoot that ensures smooth transitions for side-to-side push-offs. This versatile, lightweight, low-to-the-ground trainer is perfect for in-the-gym workouts, boot camp activities, and other explosive movements.

"We are honored that the Downforce 840 has been chosen for this award by Shape," says Danielle Sullivan, associate product manager, tennis & training. "The New Balance training team works diligently to develop high-performance and innovative shoes for the specific needs of athletes working out in the gym and we are thrilled to be recognized for this effort."

The entire review is available in Shape's November issue (currently on newsstands), or by visiting The Downforce 840 is available now in participating retail stores. To find a retailer near you, please call 1.800.253.SHOE or visit

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance employs more than 4000 people around the globe, and in 2007 reported worldwide sales of $1.63 billion. For more information please visit

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