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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
    $75
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.5oz
    Women: 8.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper of the New Balance 680 v3 is breathable and constructed to delivery durability and support.
  • A few number of runners took note of the shoe's reliable traction.
  • Many runners liked the overall design of the 680 v3.
  • Most runners noticed that this shoe is very comfortable to wear.
  • It features the Abzorb technology, which is a blend of compression set and foam cushioning.
  • An affordable running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is too narrow for some runners.
  • Small stones enter the shoes while running, as mentioned in some reviews.
  • Other noticed that the plastic material in the upper limits the shoe's flexibility.

Bottom line

The New Balance 680 v3 provides the control and cushioning that runners need every time out. It is designed to give enough flexibility, arch support, protection, and comfort. This shoe is reliable for road running, walking and great as a daily trainer.

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Updates to New Balance 680 v3

  • New Balance delivers on its promise of a softer and more flexible ride in the 3rd edition of the 680 stability line. Adding flexibility is the new engineered mesh upper that is lighter and more adaptive than the past version without compromising breathability. With a more accommodating upper, runners are likely to find better fit and enjoy a more forgiving feel.
  • Enhancing the element of flexibility in the upper is the substantial decrease in the number of stitches. While the new model virtually uses the same kind of overlays, most of them are already welded. The reduction of stitches results to lesser risks of irritation and hot spots.
  • Flexibility continues with the outsole in the form of new flex grooves in the midfoot and forefoot. These horizontal flex grooves fully extend from the lateral to the medial side, giving the shoe a more forgiving ride despite the very stable arch support and firm sole.
  • New Balance is aiming to improve the traction by changing the configuration of the lugs. In the main part of the outsole are bigger, diamond-shaped lugs that offer great leverage for runners on the road or light trail. The new decoupled heel isolates shock and helps a little with the cushioning.
  • Speaking of the sole, the inclusion of the XLT footbed improves cushioning and flexibility in one go.

New Balance 680 v3 size and fit

The fit is every bit as average as the last model of the 680 line. Medium-sized runners should enjoy the adequate fit of the heel and midfoot as well as the spacious toe box. Available sizes are medium, wide, and extra wide. The sizing is a bit off in this shoe. It runs half a size smaller. Going up in size greatly helps in getting the best and most comfortable fit. Sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole uses blown rubber for the most part of enhanced traction and durability. New Balance is using a new pattern in the rubber treads. The midfoot is currently utilizing large lugs for exceptional bite on different surfaces. With a decoupled heel, the landing should be softer as there is an element that helps attenuate shock.

Midsole

An injection molded midsole covers the entire length of the shoe for reasonable cushioning and responsiveness. Adding cushioning and shock-attenuation in the heel is the ABZORB foam. A midsole insert in the arch keeps overpronation to a minimum.

Upper

A very breathable engineered mesh dominates most of the upper. Welded and stitched overlays combine for structural support and midfoot lockdown. New Balance lines the entrance and interior of the shoe with soft and plush fabric for a really plush feel while a removable insole offers versatility where cushioning and personalized fit are concerned.