Arch support
M: 156g | W: 132g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 14mm | W: 14mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


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.

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.


We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many liked the lightweight construction of the 1600 v2.

  • This shoe is very responsive and well-cushioned as mentioned in some reviews.

  • It features the DynaRide outsole technology for impressive traction without adding weight.

  • It has no-sew overlays that help secure the foot while running.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is too narrow and felt uncomfortable for some wide-footed runners.

  • Some runners have durability issues with the shoe.

  • Others don’t like the shoe’s light color.

Bottom line

The New Balance 1600 v2 is a lightweight running shoe that provides a combination of adequate cushioning, minimal arch support, excellent traction and responsiveness. It is a great race day partner and works very well for speed trainings.

World wide, 1600 v2 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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82 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 87
    BrandonLevel 3 expert
    by GEARIST
    This is gonna be a really zippy shoe that I think you're gonna like a lot.
  • 69
    Dave C. McCarthyLevel 1 expert
    by Dave C. McCarthy
    Everything's just shifted back, so everything's just digging into your ankle. And it was driving me crazy. So, I ended up cutting down the tongue a ton, with some success.
  • 80
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The heel is adequately squishy to soften the blow of light heel-strikes, while the firm, flexible forefoot delivers a responsive toe-off.
  • 80
    FellrnrLevel 5 expert
    by Fellrnr
    While New Balance market the RC1600 as a 'racing flat', I consider it to be a great all round running shoe.
  • 89
    Canadian RunningLevel 4 expert
    by Running Magazine
    It’s exceptionally light and easily the most responsive shoe in this review.
  • 80
    Peyton HoyalLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    This shoe will also be a great choice for high school and college athletes looking for a flat to use in training, cross country, and on the track.
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  • Taro Running Warehouse
    The 1600 is a high performance racing shoe designed for road races from 5K all the way up to the Marathon.

Updates to 1600 v2

The extremely light 1600 gets even lighter on its 2nd ride. By using a lighter and more adaptable mesh, New Balance effortlessly brings optimal speed on the road or track with the kind of comfort that only a sock-like fit can provide.

One notable change in the upper is the removal of the thick leather-like overlay that bridges the heel and the midfoot. The new seamless upper uses glued overlays instead as part of the weight reduction plan and to make the upper accommodate better the runner’s specific foot shape. Runners who love to go fast without, even without socks will find the seamless construction delightful.

1600 v2 size and fit

The fit of the 1600 v2 is essentially the same as the original model. It is of standard measurement common to super-fast racers. The snug fit from heel to the forefoot, without being overbearing, gives runners that awesome feel of speed without sacrificing superb comfort. In this version, New Balance added a hair more in the toe box to let the toes splay more naturally. Available width is medium while the shoe length is regular. Sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


The DynaRide outsole, which is engineered to provide traction in a very light material covers the underfoot. New Balance continues to use blown rubber in many areas of the outsole, particularly the forefoot for enhanced grip on the road and track.


For such a lightweight shoe with obvious minimalist features, the midsole offers a really nice cushioning that is also quite responsive. The top of the line REVlite foam spans the entire shoe for a nice soft touch that is usually absent in the firm sole of a racing flat.


The seamless upper is mostly covered in the new lighter and more adaptable mesh. It is as breathable as the past version and helps runners personalize their fit better. A few welded overlays allow enough flexibility to work with the new mesh for a customizable fit that still deliver adequate support. New Balance calls this upper design the FantomFit as it is barely there and uses the entire upper in connection with the last to provide an exceptional fit. A traditional lace-up closure clinches the deal in the 1600 v2.


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