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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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$75
Weight
Men: 10.6oz
Women: 8.4oz
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The excellent cushioning and plush interior provide a very comfortable ride for the 680 v2.
  • It is pretty light for a cushioned trainer.
  • It is a very affordable shoe.
  • It is quite flexible.
  • Some runners loved its versatility for short or long distance runs.
  • The traction works better than expected from an affordable shoe, according to several reports.
  • The 2nd version of the 680 is very breathable due to the large holes in the mesh upper.
  • Based on some reviews, the transition is smooth.

2 reasons not to buy

  • It lacks durability, according to some.
  • A few mentioned that it is a bit boxy for a relatively lightweight trainer.

Bottom line

New Balance keeps it simple and functional in the 680 v2. It is moderately light and has very decent arch support for all kinds of distance running. Entry level runners will surely love the wallet-friendly price, the luxurious feel, and the above average traction of this shoe.


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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 495 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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Updates to New Balance 680 v2

  • A slew of updates in the upper is featured in the 2nd coming of the 680. Most significant is the change in the mesh upper. The mesh is bigger and has larger holes than before. It immediately enhances the breathability and durability of the upper.
  • Another very visible change is the presence of bigger overlays. Although they are fewer in number, they have more substance, which should greatly improve durability and midfoot lock down.
  • The ankle collar has better padding in this version. Besides increasing the comfort level, it also gives better wraparound feel in this area.
  • Finally, the outsole gets a slight change. The circular pattern on the outsole is bigger and with deeper flex grooves. New Balance introduced the changes to add a little more cushioning and flexibility in this shoe

New Balance 680 v2 size and fit

New Balance maintained the accommodating fit of the original model in the 680 v2. The main difference is the better midfoot security because of the bigger overlays. A roomy toe box is for runners to enjoy in this shoe still. Runners with medium to slightly wider feet are suited for the type of fit that this shoe brings. Sizing is standard in the shoe as well.


Outsole

The outsole is made of very thick and mostly blown rubber for enhanced traction. New Balance uses a very large circular pattern in the midfoot to the forefoot. It helps the shoe save some weight and offers a bit of cushioning. There are deep flex grooves in the forefoot for better flexibility. The heel has a segmented crash pad for shock dispersal.


Midsole

The midsole continues to be very basic in the 680 v2. A full-length and compression-molded EVA occupies the entire midsole. Giving additional cushioning and shock absorption in the heel is a wedge of ABZORB foam. This is made of Dupont Engage material and compression-molded EVA.


Upper

The mesh stands out because of the large holes for a very breathable run. Providing lockdown in the midfoot and heel are very prominent synthetic overlays. New Balance uses the logo to act as another midfoot overlay. The heel counter is a bit stiff for added stability. Inside, the interior is soft while the collar and tongue are very well-padded.