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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $125
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 3.6oz
    Women: 2.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 5mm
    Women: 5mm

    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
    Heel height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners really liked the extremely lightweight construction of the New Balance 5000 v2.
  • Some runners noticed that the 2nd version of the New Balance 5000 is more flexible and has better traction than the previous version.
  • This shoe features the New Balance FantomFit technology that provides impressive fit and ultralight support.
  • The REVlite technology gives lightweight ride without reducing stability and underfoot cushioning.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noticed that the sole of the shoe deteriorates quickly.
  • Available in limited color choices.
  • A moderately priced shoe for some runners.

Bottom line

The New Balance 5000 v2 is an ultra-light racing shoe that is very flexible and comfortable to wear. The updated version continues to impress runners as it offers mild arch support, improved cushioning, traction and flexibility. This shoe performs best on road races and track workouts.

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84 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

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Updates to New Balance 5000 v2

  • New Balance goes the opposite way where changes are concerned in the 5000 v2. Since it is already very hard to go much lighter than a stunningly feather-light shoe, the company decided to add more cushioning in the new version. Tests show that the 2nd version of the 5000 now has about as much cushioning as those that weigh 3 times heavier. It currently weighs just a hair heavier, but offers better support and cushioning to runners.
  • The new and extremely-breathable mesh is a bit thicker, which is one of the reasons why it weighs a tad more on the scale. This upper offers a little more support despite being a tad more flexible. Runners should have a more durable upper and enhanced support without doing away the main minimalist character of this area.
  • A new rand in the midfoot is directly connected to the sole of the shoe. It helps with the secure foothold in the midfoot and still allows the most natural stride of the runner.

New Balance 5000 v2 size and fit

The New Balance 5000 v2 takes after the original model in fit and sizing, which are very common among racing flats or really minimalist shoes. It has a very snug fit all throughout and a narrow toe box. This is the kind of fit that would favor those who have narrower to medium foot dimensions. Additionally, this shoe is half a size smaller than regular measurement. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 6 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

New Balance uses DynaRide, which is a kind of sticky rubber and outsole configuration for enhanced traction and durability. The outsole is literally filled with hard plastic lugs, especially in the forefoot and the outside perimeter of the heel. While these lugs are not as tough as spikes, they do extremely well on asphalt and track.


Midsole

Two of the best midsole foams in New Balance’s treasure chest are utilized in the 5000 v2. Just above the outsole is the foam that is 30% lighter than most of the company’s midsole staples, but every bit as cushioned and durable. On top of the Revlite is the Revlite RC, which is basically of the same compound and makeup as the former, but denser and with more responsive features.


Upper

The upper is pretty much stays true to the name FantomFit or almost there structure. It is a seamless mix of ultra-breathable mesh and welded overlays for a fit that hugs the foot in comfort. Both the tongue and collar are minimally padded with little or no arch support to truly mimic barefoot running.