DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance 1260 v7
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Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
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WeightMen: 11.1ozWomen: 9.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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.
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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91 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews
Given that the medial-posted, “thick” and “corrective midsole” provided plenty of cushioning, the “stout stability” shoe impressed testers as surprisingly light.
A sturdy shoe that still feels light and fast.
Night time reflectivity could be better.
The New Balance 1260 is a solid running shoe offering superior stability for those runners that overpronate while delivering ample cushioning from heel-to-toe allowing for a smooth ride and quick transition.
The 1260 offers a generous, comfortable fit with the best underfoot feel that it's ever had. It provided a great option for overpronators who want to feel support and cushion, but with a smooth ride.
They are comfortable to wear, even for longer training sessions.
- New Balance ups the ante of its premium stability line by adding a new medial post beneath the arch to hold off overpronation. Adding more muscle to curb excessive rolling is the redesigned thermoplastic plank in the midsole. This really makes the shoe a very stable ride that lives up to the hype advertised by New Balance.
- The midsole cushioning has a new setup as well. This comes in the form of the N2 cushioning in the heel and ACTEVA Lite in the forefoot. The latter gives a softer landing while the forefoot foam is lighter and adds more zip during take offs.
- A massive outsole revamp is introduced as well. Gone are the large circular pattern in the midfoot to the forefoot. It is now replaced by numerous rectangular patterns for better flexibility to a very stable shoe. With this design, the rubber alignment helps with the movement from the back to the forefoot.
- Lighter 3D printed overlays called the FantomFit now populates the upper for seamless and supportive help and midfoot lockdown.
The fit of the 1260 v4 is reminiscent of the past models. It continues to have a comfortably snug heel and midfoot while the forefoot has volume and space for those with flat feet or slightly wider feet. The type of fit that this shoe provides is suited for those with average to above medium measurements. Narrow to extra wide are the available widths of the shoe. Shoe sizing is standard in the shoe.
The outsole is almost flat with largely blown rubber blanketing the underfoot. A sturdy carbon rubber to limit wear and tear is located in the heel on the lateral side. New Balance sports a new rectangular formation in the rubber beginning the midfoot and ends just above the metatarsal. This gives the shoe flexibility as this works with the deep flex grooves. The similar flex grooves are also found in the New Balance 880 v8's forefoot demonstrating the same flexibility as that of the 1260 v4.
The 1260 v4 distinctly showcases cushioning and stability because of the midsole technologies and set up. As a stability shoe, it has excellent arch support because of the dense compression molded EVA on the medial side. Beneath the midsole foam is the patented T-Beam, which is made of thermoplastic material and forks just beneath the midfoot to form a unique “T”. Going towards the forefoot, there is a slight medial flare of the rubber to add even more stability feature. Doing the main cushioning work is the ABZORB foam which is also the midsole used in the latest version of the shoe, New Balance 1260 v7. The ABZORB foam is made of Dupont Engage material and compression-molded EVA. It lies on top of the N2 cushioning in the heel and the ACTEVA Lite in the forefoot. Hence, there is a very pronounced feel of cushioning in this stability shoe.
A dual-density mesh allows the foot to breathe well in this shoe. FantomFit technology or the seamless construction of 3D printed overlays holding the upper delivers snug fit that is in no way too restrictive. It just works with the rest of the parts of the shoe for a stable run. The tongue and collar are plush. An added incentive for runners is a very plump removable insole for more cushioning and a better fit.