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  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    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.

    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 11.1oz
    Women: 9.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The fit is supremely comfortable in the 1260 v4, based on most reviews.
  • A good number of runners really enjoyed its stylish and trendy looks.
  • The 4th version has a very stable ride for overpronators.
  • The midsole foams utilized deliver the right mix of cushioning and stability.
  • Several reviews mentioned the smooth transition from landing to take off.
  • It has narrow (B) to extra wide widths (4E).
  • The seamless and plush interior makes it a great choice for sockless running.
  • A large number of runners with flat feet gave their thumbs up to the fit and stability of the New Balance 1260 v4.
  • Grip, including wet areas, is fantastic according to a handful of comments.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few noticed that it lacks flexibility for toe offs.
  • Quite a number were frustrated as the sole separated from the shoe after only a few months.

Bottom line

New Balance’s premium stability roars again in the 4th iteration of the 1260. With superb stability, great cushioning, and grip, it promises to be a workhorse of a trainer, particularly for heavy overpronators. Additionally, the plush comfort makes it an all-day casual shoe.

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Expert Reviews

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90 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

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Updates to New Balance 1260 v4

  • 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.

New Balance 1260 v4 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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 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.


Upper

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.