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  • Terrain


    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.

  • 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.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 5.5oz
    Women: 4.7oz
  • 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: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
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83 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | GEARIST | | Level 3 expert

    This is gonna be a really zippy shoe that I think you're gonna like a lot.

  • 69 / 100 | Dave C. McCarthy | Level 1 expert

    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.

  • 89 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine | Level 5 expert

    It’s exceptionally light and easily the most responsive shoe in this review.

  • 80 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    The heel is adequately squishy to soften the blow of light heel-strikes, while the firm, flexible forefoot delivers a responsive toe-off.

  • 80 / 100 | Fellrnr | Level 5 expert

    While New Balance market the RC1600 as a 'racing flat', I consider it to be a great all round running shoe.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 3 expert

    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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  • 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.

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.