Verdict from +100 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Highly affordable, thus, perfect for runners who are budget-conscious.
  • The 510 v2 enables runners to run the challenging trail and mountain roads as it is very comfortable, according to some testers.
  • Other than the trails, this shoe is suitable for other on and off-road terrains since it features the AT Tread® all-terrain outsole.
  • An injection molded EVA material covers the midsole section that creates and provides better support and cushioning when running.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The New Balance 510 v2 is not suitable for runners with slightly wider feet.
  • Not the ideal shoe to use for long hours and long distances since it is heavy.
  • A few runners say that the shoe’s insole is terrible and provides very little cushioning.

Bottom line

The 2nd version of the New Balance 510 is a trail running shoe that is recommended for runners with medium to high arches. It is a workhorse trainer that can slog through very challenging and uneven terrains. The shoe has received negative and positive reviews from users. In summary, the 510 v2 has still some room for improvement.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • Minimal changes are in the offing in the 2nd instalment of the wallet-friendly New Balance 510. New Balance tried to address past issues of too bulky a shoe in this new model. A closer look shows that the overlays are not as thick while the mesh upper is a bit thinner than before. While this does not significantly bring the weight down, the result is an upper that is more forgiving and more comfortable.
  • Comfort has gone up a notch as the already considerable padding in the ankle collar becomes even more pronounced in the 510 v2. This should translate to a more cozy feel right out of the box.
  • New Balance also uses a new last in this shoe. The new last is a bit narrower in the heel that results in a more snug and a secured heel area. All combined, the upper has a more stable connection with the sole, which gives a more supportive, secured, and comfortable ride.

The fit is a little different in the 510 v2 due to the new last that is being used. It now offers a more secured heel area, which is consistent with the snug midfoot and just enough wiggle room in the forefoot. Usually, this type of fit favors runners with average to slightly narrow feet. Medium is the available width in the men’s and women’s versions. Sizes are spot on in this shoe for both models as well.

The outsole uses an all-terrain tread. It is characterized by medium sized pods that are not as aggressive as those found in most trail shoes. As the lugs are not as aggressive, the runner can take enjoy both the road and the trail in this shoe.

The outsole is dominated by Ndrance rubber, which is also present in the NB 510 v4, for its superior durability.

The midsole is very simple in a very functional shoe. New Balance lines the midsole with a thick IMEVA or injection molded EVA. It gives the shoe decent responsiveness and cushioning while durability is standard. The full-length IMEVA helps with the movement from the heel to the toes.

The breathable mesh upper is combined with leather and synthetic overlays. These overlays are not as massive as before and gives a little flexibility and adaptability to the upper. Both the tongue and ankle collar are very well-padded for enhanced comfort. A PU sockliner improves cushioning and overall fit while a traditional lace-up closure cinches the fit.


How New Balance 510 v2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 6% trail running shoes
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Bottom 7% New Balance running shoes
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Bottom 3% maximalist running shoes
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