The new 996PB3 is New Balance's top of the line shoe for lightweight performance. Its main update is a brand new knit upper. Now softer and more comfortable right out of the box, the new upper material gives the shoe a more modern look and feel. It also features reinforced areas on the toe and medial side to add extra stability and durability. The midsole is made from lightweight EVA for cushioning and support under foot. The ProBank technology protects the foot during aggressive lateral cuts. The outsole features NDurance rubber in a full herringbone tread pattern that provides great traction and durability on any court surface. This great shoe continues to ride very low to the ground, keeping you completely connected to your movement and providing a stable base. Shoe of choice for Heather Watson (GB) on the WTA tour.