Verdict from 7.4 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • A mix of mesh and synthetic materials make up the comfortable & breathable upper unit.
  • The stitched-on overlays enhance the fit to be customizable as the shoelaces are being adjusted.
  • Runners appreciated the Injection molded Ethylene vinyl acetate mid-sole foam that offers a strong, but pliable cushioning.
  • The outsole has a layer made up of a protective rubber component, which makes sure the sole unit doesn’t easily suffer from abrasion.
  • Testers noted the durability of the 6th version of the New Balance 560 to be reliable.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were complaints that this running shoe was a bit small.
  • Some reviewers thought that the New Balance 560 v6 could have benefited from a waterproofing mechanic.
  • A few testers felt uncomfortable because their toes hit the roof of the upper easily.
  • This shoe has a moderately heavy weight.

Bottom line

The 560 v6 from New Balance is actually a beloved running shoe because it can function well for many testers, even for those who need some support in the mid-foot area. The cushioning is balanced, the durability is top-notch, and the overall quality of the shoe stands out.

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  • Upon looking at the 560 v6 from New Balance, one won’t be able to immediately notice the differences. But the changes start at the sole unit. The heel area of the 560 v5 was slightly raised and that the whole platform was separated by a transition bridge in the mid-foot. Now, the mid-sole foam is full-bodied, from the forefoot to the mid-foot and heel, delivering balanced cushioning on all areas.
  • A unit for stability is placed in the medial area of the sole unit, just above the outsole. It delivers support and cradling to the medial mid-foot for a better running gait.
  • The overlays on the 560 v6 still very much encompass most of the upper, but they’ve been trimmed down. Now, the mesh material is more exposed, so breathability can be achieved. The overlays still provide responsible security.
  • The Tech Ride in the heel area delivers shock absorption during the heel striking phase of the running cycle. This section in the rear of the shoe works with the mid-sole to protect the heel from impact.

The New Balance 560 v6 has a standard running shoe length. Athletes will be able to choose the right size for them when it comes to this model. It comes in a standard and wide widths for women. The men’s version comes in standard and extra-wide versions.


The outsole of this affordable shoe for running uses the Ndurance rubber. This material delivers durable protection against wear and abrasion. It also gives traction over the roads, thus resisting slips and falls.

The medial wrap corrects the rate of over-pronation. It supports the foot and balances the stance. This stability unit reduces the risk of injury or discomfort from unbalanced foot positioning.


The ABZORB high quality mid-sole material offers superb cushioning and it retains its structural consistency even compressed with weight. It is a mix of isoprene rubber and some in-house materials that make up a sturdy yet efficient foam in the forefoot and heel area.

The IMEVA foam is a cushioning compound that is sturdy yet flexible. It gives some bounce-back qualities, shock attenuation and overall protection from the ground. The EVA was injection molded into the sole, making it a strong singular unit and not a separate material that’s only bonded onto the mid-sole. This design makes it more durable and reliable.

The Tech Ride in the heel area is an added pocket of cushioning in the rear of the foot. Heel striking becomes more agreeable and comfortable because of the inclusion of this unit.


The mesh material in the upper is open and more welcoming when it comes to air. It’ll keep the foot cool and dry through active activities and idle moments. A net-like cover protects the interior from any invading debris or tiny particles.

Synthetic Overlays supports the foot by giving security in the upper wrap. It acts as a strong foundation for the mesh and an added measure to secure the foot more snugly or loosely, depending on the adjustments made to the lacing system.

The tongue and collar hold the foot in place and keep it locked in, preventing accidental shoe-removals. They also prevent skin irritation or discomfort because they are padded.

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How 560 v6 compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 86
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This shoe: $70
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 10.6oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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