Facts

Discontinued
Update: 940 v3
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Stability
Use
Daily running
Price
$120
Weight
M: 340g | W: 321g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 31mm | W: 31mm
Forefoot height
M: 19mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Narrow - B, Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Narrow - 2A, Normal - B, Wide - D, Extra wide - 2E
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 4.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Even after a few strides, most of the runners have noted how stable the New Balance 940 v2 is.

  • The 940 v2 is packed with some of New Balance’s most popular and reliable stability features.

  • It is slightly lighter and more flexible than the original model.

  • New Balance incorporates the N2 cushioning in the heel area to provide better shock absorption and cushioning in this part of the shoe.

  • The inclusion of the T-beam shank in this version enhances the overpronation control measures of the shoe.

  • The cushioning has gone up a couple of levels better, according to those who have compared this version and the original.

  • The New Balance 940 v2 is not clunky on the road based on the comments of several users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The arch support and overpronation control measures is a bit too prominent for slight overpronators.

  • Most reviewers noted that the shoe runs big overall.

Bottom line

New Balance cranks up the overpronation control measures of the 940 v2 that slight overpronators may find it too jarring. Moderate overpronators get a heavy dose of arch support and a bit of flexibility in the shoe without going all the way to motion control shoes.



World wide, 940 v2 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 967 shoes


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 499 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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87 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 90
    Run PalsLevel 4 expert
    by Run Pals
    Do you ever put off running because your feet and ankles are in too much pain afterwards? If so, the women's New Balance W940V2 might be just what you need to put an end to all of your aches and pains.
  • 80
    Men's HealthLevel 4 expert
    by Men's Health
    Flat-footed runners who overpronate will get a great deal of stability and control from the New Balance M940.
  • 90
    Fix My WalkLevel 3 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    The super heavy duty sole is extremely shock absorbent, so you will not experience tenderness, after your run.
  • 92
    Runner ConnectLevel 2 expert
    by Runner Connect
    This is the perfect shoe for severe flat feet and need to improve balance while running.
  • 90
    Harold GerberLevel 1 expert
    by Running Activist
    While this newer version is lighter, the features and functionalities are heavier.
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Updates to 940 v2

An already stable shoe, the 2nd version of the 940 becomes even more so with an additional overpronation control feature. In this model, New Balance added a TPU material in the midfoot to help the medial side support the arches of moderate overpronators. With several overpronation schemes in place, this makes the shoe incredibly stable and may now be a bit more jarring for minimal overpronators to enjoy.

To compensate for the additional stiffness in the midsole, New Balance is introducing the N2 cushioning in the heel. It gives a more responsive cushioning and shock-absorbing features for the 940 v2.

There are also very visible changes in the upper to really provide support and structure for the runner. New Balance uses more overlays in this version while the logo becomes a major part of the support that connects the overlays. The heel now features more overlays for enhanced support and lockdown feel. With these changes, the runners get a very nice foothold both in the heel and the midfoot.

940 v2 size and fit

The fit and sizing of the 2nd installment of the 940 follows those of the original model. It has an accommodating fit in the heel and forefoot, which should make most runners very comfortable. The midfoot is snug in a good way. The available widths are the standard D and B for the men’s and women’s models, respectively. Sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole has decent traction, including a little cushioning, courtesy of the blown rubber. New Balance’s Ndurance rubber in high-wear areas offers protection for a long-lasting performance.

Midsole

The outsole is where New Balanced stored a good number of technologies to help runners with their cushioning and overpronation control features. As mentioned, the T-Beam is now included in the lineup. It is a very light thermoplastic unit located just under the midfoot arch to enhance support in the medial part and to provide torsional rigidity. This new feature functions as lighter brother of the Stabilicore that stretches from the heel to the midfoot to really keep rearfoot movement minimal and to support the arch as well. Finally, a high-density foam that acts as a medial post rounds off the stability features of the 940 v2.

Providing consistent cushioning is the ACTEVA Lite that spans the whole shoe. This is made of durable and resilient EVA with decent rebound features. Shock absorbing features are located in the heel and forefoot as well. The N-ergy is an ultra-light foam that takes some of the impact upon landing. It is found in the forefoot and heel. New Balance includes the N2 cushioning in the series for the first time to enhance the cushioning in the heel.

Upper

A standard synthetic mesh offers excellent breathability while an NLOCK system of overlays holds the midfoot and the heel very effectively. Inside the shoe, there is an Ortholite Sockliner for added cushioning and moisture-wicking features. New Balance uses a very plush fabric, called the Lightning Dry, that lines the entire interior portion for excellent next to skin comfort. The stiff structure of the heel is compensated by a dual-density collar that provides superior comfort and keeps it from unnecessarily moving.


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