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

6 reasons to buy

  • The customers appreciated the ‘perfect amount of cushion’ in the New Balance 1260 v7.
  • Some wearers liked the snug fit of the shoe.
  • The reviewers mentioned that the shoe looked much better in person as compared to the photos.
  • The individuals admired how the foot would not slide inside the shoe while running.
  • The runners were happy with the lightweight, ‘glove-like’ fit of the shoe since it enabled them to do extra miles without getting tired.
  • A runner lauded the firmness provided by the shoe in the heel section resulting in a better landing experience.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners found its toe-box to be a bit narrower compared to other New Balance shoes.
  • A customer thought that the color choices for this running shoe were a bit too bright and ‘childish’.
  • A purchaser thought that the New Balance 1260 v7 was a little ‘pricey’.

Bottom line

With its sleek design, stylish looks and sturdy build, the New Balance 1260 v7 is a stability running shoe that has managed to capture the interest of many professional individuals in the running community. The shoe performs exceedingly well on the rugged trails, challenging slopes and wet surfaces and maintains its original condition and good health for much longer durations of time.  


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 11.8oz | Women: 9.9oz
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
Heel height: Men: 27mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Release date: Jul 2017
Brand: New Balance
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide
Price: $160
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Purple
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  • In its 7th iteration, the New Balance 1260 has utilized the ABZORB midsole for the much desired springy feel for the users. The material has excellent energy-returning properties and being very durable, helps in maintaining good health of the shoe for longer durations of time.
  • The PL-8 finish, a running-specific last uses the standard running length and width for a customized fit for the users.
  • The Strobel Last is added to provide a silky interior for the foot. It enhances the cushioning experience for the users and provides additional comfort during longer rides.

The stability road running shoe comes in the standard running length. As far as its widths are concerned, the shoe is available in the sizes of D – Medium and 2E – Wide for men, and B – Medium and D – Wide for women respectively. 

The blown rubber on the outsole provides the experience of increased cushioning and responsiveness for the users. The high energy return potentially heightens the runner’s efficiency and do extra miles without easily getting tired.

The Ndurance technology is a high-quality carbon rubber material placed in the heel section for a better landing experience while running and also for increased durability for the user. The material is very resilient against abrasion and impact forces and reduces the risk of injury for the runner by providing the right amount of cushion in that area.

The full-length midsole foam known as the ABZORB is responsible for the much popular ‘bouncy’ feel in the shoe. In addition to providing the experience of high quality cushioning to the user the material, being durable in nature, keeps performing for a much longer period of time.

The FuelCell technology placed along the lateral sides of the New Balance 1260 v7 aims to most part of the energy while running and results in a very productive ride for the user. 

The Post Applied stability feature in the shoe is incorporated later in the production process of the midsole for a smoother and more durable ride. It corrects overpronation.

The Ortholite sockliner with anti-microbial properties provides additional protection and comfort for the underside of the foot.

Same as the New Balance 1400 v6, the 1260 v7 is made with an Engineered Mesh on the upper which is soft, lightweight and very breathable in nature. It enables a good amount of air circulation through the shoe, thereby keeping the runner’s feet comfortably dry and cool during longer runs.

To add structure to its upper, the New Balance 1260 v7 uses the no-sew overlays which are also very lightweight and feel smooth against the skin.

The stability shoe houses the asymmetrical heel counter. The feature locks down the heel in its proper position and helps in correcting over-pronation while running.

The Strobel Last on the upper feels silken against the foot. It provides enhanced cushioning and maintains an environment of the much sought-after ‘softness’ inside the shoe.

The New Balance 1260 v7 utilizes the PL-8 last. It is a running-specific finish based on standard measurements for the widths and heights of the heel and forefoot sections.


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.