Who should buy the New Balance 669 v2

While the New Balance 669 v2's may look like a dedicated hiking shoe with its style and colors, it must be noted that it is meant for moderate use and not for more demanding hiking activities. It is a solid choice if:

  • A shoe suitable for wearers with plantar fasciitis is what you need. 
  • You are looking for footwear with a style and color palette appropriate for different occasions. 

New Balance 669 v2 Who Should Buy

Updates to the New Balance 669 v2

  • The shoe still uses a combination of suede and mesh materials to make up the upper. However, the v2 version puts them in a different configuration to give a better balance of support and breathability.
  • Instead of traditional punched eyelets, the NB 669 v2 makes use of stitched fabric stripes on both sides of the upper. They run up and down the shoe’s sidewalls, forming zig-zags. Such construction allows creating a more snug and precise fit for the foot when the laces are cinched.
  •  A fabric loop has been added at the back. The wearer can use it to pull up the shoe a bit quicker.

New Balance 669 v2 Updates

Durable outsole

The 669 v2 inherits the rubber outsole of its predecessor. Featuring the same material and lug pattern, it promises to provide an equal level of durability and traction.

New Balance 669 v2 Outsole1

The shoe also retains the rubber brake lugs in the heel and forefoot areas. They prevent the wearer from slipping.

New Balance 669 v2 Outsole2

Responsive midsole cushioning

The trainer makes use of the brand’s Abzorb unit to protect the foot and leg from impact. It is instilled with DuPont Engage isoprene rubber to create a responsive ride. 

New Balance 669 v2 Midsole1

It is also considered one of NB’s most durable midsoles. Abzorb is complemented by a polyurethane insole to minimize the shock from repetitive foot landing.

New Balance 669 v2 Midsole2

Lasting suede upper

The New Balance 669 v2 is caged in a suede material in the upper. More lasting than syhnthetics or mesh, it helps to create a durable support at the bottom portion of the shoe.

New Balance 669 v2 Upper1

Aeration through mesh

Meanwhile, the vamp, togue, and collar are lined with mesh. This fabric is more breathable and makes sure that the foot stays properly ventilated. However, the shoe overall is not recommended for use in hot weather.

New Balance 669 v2 Upper2

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.6oz
Arch support: Neutral
Use: All-day wear, City
Closure: Lace-up
Material: Suede upper
Features: Cushioned
BRAND Brand: New Balance

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