• Terrain


    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.3oz
    Women: 10.3oz
  • 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
    Men: Narrow, Normal, X-Wide
    Women: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
  • Release date
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  • One of the major updates in the 4th edition of the New Balance 680 is the upper. Now made with a no-sew material application, this mesh is designed to give the foot a comfortable fit that’s free from potential discomfort. With this improvement, runners are able to expect a decrease in irritation and heightened flexibility.
  • This running shoe from New Balance retains the ABZORB technology in the midsole, so runners can experience the same superior support with each step. The XLT footbed adds cushioning and suppleness.
  • The blown rubber outsole is ultra-durable, which makes it perfect for running on roads and wet surface conditions.

The New Balance 680 v4 is a neutral running shoe that is best for a low-volume foot because of its form-fitting construction. It possesses a cushioning that may prove satisfactory for normal and under-pronators. With its lace-up closure and padded tongue, the foot is guaranteed a secure fit. Width profiles come in D – Medium and 4E – Extra wide for men, and B – Medium for women. It comes in the regular sizing schemes.

The 680 v4 has an outsole that’s made of blown rubber, which doubles as an additional padding and as a reliable traction provider. The blown rubber material is also strategically added to the outsole of the NB 1400 v6.

The sizable flex grooves of the series are still present in this edition as the signature-patterned lugs prove to be dependable with its grips, so wearers can run comfortably and with confidence.

The ABZORB technology lends the midsole a superior blend of foam cushioning and compression set for impact protection, ensuring a secure run even in long distances. Made with injection-molded EVA, it provides a smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off.

The 680 v4 also features the Response 2.0 performance insert, which is a removable foam insole designed to provide comfort in every stride.

A breathable, smooth fabric lining is also present to give a superior in-shoe feel.

Featuring a no-sew engineered mesh, the upper of the 680 v4 is now made breathable without the discomfort that is sometimes present in conventional mesh uppers.

There are also synthetic overlays and a rounded toe cap and heel counter for adequate protection and structural support across the foot.

With its lace-up front, padded collar, and plush tongue, runners are assured that comfort is experienced from the bottom to the top of the New Balance 680 v4.