Facts

  • 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 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

    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
    $160
  • Weight
    Men: 11.8oz
    Women: 9.9oz
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Jul 2017
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Summary

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 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.  

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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Updates to New Balance 1260 v7

  • 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.

New Balance 1260 v7 size and fit

The stability trail 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. 

Outsole

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.

Midsole

The full-length midsole foam known as the ABZORB foam 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.

Upper

The Engineered Mesh on the upper 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.