DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance 680 v4
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.
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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.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 10.6ozWomen: 8.4oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 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.
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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.
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.
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.
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.