Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The plush interior and soft fabric give the 5th version of the New Balance 590 a very comfortable feel.
  • It is very affordable.
  • It is quite light.
  • The cushioning handles impact well, according to some runners.
  • Several reviewers loved its stylish looks.
  • It comes in 5 different color combinations.
  • The traction makes it a good option, even on light trails, based on the comments of a few runners.
  • More than a handful have used it for everyday wear.
  • Shoe breathability is excellent, based on the comments of a small number of reviewers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A handful reported that the exposed midsole in the midfoot showed wear and tear quickly.
  • It is a bit smaller, according to a few comments.
  • A moderate number of runners mentioned that the 590 v5 is too narrow all over.
  • Durability shouldn’t be this bad, even for a very affordable shoe, lamented a few disgruntled buyers.

Bottom line

New Balance comes up with a superb mix of style and performance in the 590 v5. The shoe can handle almost any distance or speed with ease. With superior comfort, great traction, decent arch support, and an unbeatable price tag, the shoe promises to be one entry-level and elite runners should seriously consider.

Facts

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  • New Balance introduces a slew of changes in the 5th version of the 590 to boost its performance on the road. A very significant revamp happens in the upper where seamless and thicker overlays are now used. The welded, suede like overlays replace the rather cheap-looking plastic support, particularly around the eyelets. Improved durability, midfoot hold, and better aesthetic appeal are the results of this change.
  • The same plastic-looking toe protection has a slightly thinner leather-like material. There is more room in the toe box now besides giving the new model a more refined and sophisticated looking forefoot.
  • The outsole gets a massive makeover in the latest model of the 590. New Balances utilizes two big forefoot grooves to add flexibility. A new outsole layout with different shapes in the rubber pods offer enhanced grip and durability.
  • Laces that are flatter and with better texture are used in this shoe. Runners should be assured of a cinch that should never loosen or get untied with these laces.

The fit of the New Balance 590 v5 is somewhat snug. Both the heel and the midfoot have adequate support and locked down security. The forefoot has sufficient room that the toes are not cramped in any way. Mid-run swelling is easily accommodated in this shoe. It runs true to size.


The outsole of the 5th instalment of the New Balance 590 is an odd collection of different shapes in the rubber pods. These are somewhat aggressive in design that really increases the grip of this shoe. A sturdy carbon rubber is utilized in the heel and other sections for durability while blown rubber covers most of the underfoot for better traction. There are two big forefoot grooves that enhance the shoe’s flexibility.


A thick injection molded EVA runs the length of the midsole. It is very well-cushioned with standard durability and responsiveness. The shoe gets a boost in the transitions through the gait cycle as the full-length midsole moves the runner from impact to take-off very quickly.


The no-sew application of the upper starts with a very breathable mesh. The substantial welded overlays provide both support and midfoot hold in the New Balance 590 v5. New Balance provides a very plush feel in the shoe because of the well-padded collar and soft fabric in the interior. A removable insole gives the shoe more cushioning and support.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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