Arch support
Daily running
M: 298g | W: 237g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 35mm | W: 35mm
Forefoot height
M: 23mm | W: 23mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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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 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The 610 v5 is a great pair of cushioning shoes with a 4E size availability, which is rare to find, according to some runners.

  • The fit of this shoe is perfect for runners who need wider width and bigger size, as commented by reviewers.

  • It has very nice aesthetics and design that complement both male and female runners.

  • It is a shoe with great stability and support, while keeping the responsiveness is exceptional.

  • It is a protective shoe on trails, even or uneven grounds.

  • It has a very excellent traction on tough trails and soft mud based on the reviews of several runners.

  • Available in several color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It has a wide fit and some runners find it too large.

  • The shoe laces are quite longer as complained by testers.

  • The upper is not durable as mentioned in some reviews.

Bottom line

The New Balance 610v5 is a great trail running shoe designed with treads for soft or tough trails. The comfort and protection are well-engineered for better running, and it has a great fit for wider feet. Stability and responsiveness are also given emphasis, which make this shoe a great option for training and for a variety of activities. At its fair price, this shoe is worth spending for.

World wide, 610 v5 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

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    I think they made a great pair of shoes in the 610 version 5.
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Updates to 610 v5

New Balance completely revamps the outsole in the 5th version of the 610, giving it a stronger bite and more versatility on the trail. Using the new AT Tread Outsole that features moderately aggressive and multi-directional lugs, including the perimeter of the shoe, the new version promises to tackle all sorts of off-road surfaces. The deep flex grooves are incorporated in the outsole for enhanced flexibility and better transitions from the heel to the forefoot.

In the 610 v5, New Balance removed many of the numerous overlays and simply strategically placing the remaining ones. It helps reduce the weight of the new version and lessens the risks of hot spots and irritations as there are also lesser stitches.

The mesh is also more open, which should automatically enhance the shoe breathability.

New Balance introduces a new midfoot loop in this model that allows runners to fully get personalized fit and comfort.

610 v5 size and fit

The fit of the New Balance 610 v5 is a trademark of this line. It has locked in support in the heel and midfoot with a spacious toe room. The average fit should be something most runners will find comfort in. Versatility regarding fit is provided by the medium, wide, and extra wide options. The shoe length is standard and offered in sizes 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


The outsole features lugs of moderate size that delivers plenty of versatility for the runner. With this kind of tread pattern, runners can effortlessly move from the road to the trail. The new feature is called AT Tread Outsole and is significant because of the bite the perimeter lugs provide. Running on technical trail will be as easy as running on dirt roads.


The midsole features the ABZORB crash pad for shock-absorbing features and the company-exclusive ACTEVA LITE for resiliency and cushioning. An XLT Footbed lies between the outsole tread and the ACTEVA LITE midsole for added cushioning and durability.


The upper presents a more open mesh for enhanced breathability while strategically placed synthetic overlays provide support and structure. A near seamless interior and good padding in the heel and tongue offer excellent comfort.


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