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 running shoe 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.

Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 11.1oz | Women: 9.7oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: New Balance
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $150
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Multi, Silver
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
It has never been more popular than this April

Expert Reviews

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91 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    A sturdy shoe that still feels light and fast.

  • 86 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    Night time reflectivity could be better.

  • 94 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 4 expert

    Given that the medial-posted, “thick” and “corrective midsole” provided plenty of cushioning, the “stout stability” shoe impressed testers as surprisingly light.

  • 90 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    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.

  • 98 / 100 | Fleet Feet Sports | Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 | Active Gear Review | | Level 1 expert

    I was very pleased with the comfort of the toebox, as I have a medium-wide foot. It surrounded me with a web of comfort that securely hugged the pavement.

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  • 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.

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