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Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 11.4oz
Women: 10.2oz
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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 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The 1260 v5 features the Abzorb crash pad that improves the stability and motion control attributes of the shoe.
  • Most runners felt that the New Balance 1260 v5 is more comfortable than the previous version.
  • Overpronators were satisfied with the shoe's arch support and they reported reduced knee pain.
  • The outsole is durable enough for road running, as mentioned in some reviews.
  • The cushioning and flexibility of the shoe made some runners satisfied.
  • The upper coverage of the shoe provides impressive fit and breathability as noted in some reviews.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is slightly expensive.
  • Some felt that this shoe is a bit heavy.
  • Many felt that the 5th version of the New Balance 1260 is much wider than the previous model.

Bottom line

Runners run with confidence in the New Balance 1260 v5. It offers plenty of cushioning, support, stability, and motion control. The upgraded materials and various technologies make this shoe ideal for daily training.


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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 323 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    And if you want a little bit more breathability and comfort in the upper along with a ride that is smoother, then you may want to switch to or look into the New Balance 1260v5.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Magazine • Canadian Running • Level 4 expert

    The result is a slicker, more stylish look, which is always a challenge in a fully structured stability shoe.

  • 87 / 100 by Complex • Complex • Level 3 expert

    Smooth, stable, and most of all, comfortable, the 1260 v5 boasts everything an overpronator needs to get the job done injury-free. 

  • 82 / 100 by Sky Above Us • Sky Above Us • Level 1 expert

    It's definitely a shoe that's meant for anyone with mild to moderate overpronation, so if your ankle tends to roll somewhat with each stride, this may be one to consider to make running more comfortable.

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Updates to New Balance 1260 v5

  • The New Balance 1260 v5 features several changes for even better cushioning and shock-absorbing capabilities. In this new version, the ABZORB foam now runs the full-length of the shoe, which enhances both the transition from the heel to toe as well as the cushioning.
  • The N2 technology in the heel is also now found in the forefoot. With the technology present right before the runner takes off, the shoe now has a much softer and cushioned feel than the prior model.
  • New Balance’s FantomFit technology finds its way in the 5th version of the 1260. The use of lightweight overlays help secure the midfoot and provide structure to the upper. This no-sew construction gives an irritation-free run and makes the upper a bit more adaptable without losing the shoe’s necessary support.

New Balance 1260 v5 size and fit

The fit of the 1260 v5 is a little different as it is now a bit wider than the prior model. New Balance uses a footprint that it slightly wider than the past iteration of this shoe. Runners with medium to wide feet can get the most out of the shoe. D is the offered width of the shoe while sizes are standard in the men’s and women’s models.


Outsole

The outsole is largely covered by blown rubber for enhanced cushioning and better traction. Durability in high-wear areas is provided by the Ndurance carbon rubber in the heel and the lateral side of the outsole.


Midsole

A staple in the 1260 series is the Acteva Lite, which is 24% lighter than standard EVA. It spans the entire shoe for better transition and durability. As mentioned, the ABZORB foam stretches from the heel to the forefoot. Known for its shock-absorbing features, the full-length foam increases the cushioning and stability of the shoe. The improved cushioning is also because of the addition of the N2 Burst or nitrogen-induced cushioning in the forefoot to complement the N2 in the heel. For stability, a Dual Density Post is found near the arch and extends from the lateral to the medial side. Lastly, New Balance’s T-Beam technology gives torsional stability and structure to the shoe.


Upper

The 1260 v5’s breathability is made possible by the open mesh that practically covers the entire shoe. New Balance utilizes its FantomFit technology or lightweight overlays to deliver maximum upper structure and support without sacrificing weight. Comfort is very evident because of the highly-padded ankle collar and tongue. A removable insole enhances cushioning and fit in the shoe.