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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: 9.1oz
Women: 7.2oz
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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The upper is made with mesh and synthetic materials for a comfortable upper coverage.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the no-sew material application, which reduces discomfort or irritation.
  • The 4th version of the New Balance 690 features the IMEVA foam for a firmer platform and better ground contact EVA, according to a few reviews.
  • The 8mm drop appeals to many neutral runners.
  • The outsole unit has a rubber material that protects the shoe from wear and tearing.
  • Many testers noted the impressive durability of the shoe.
  • Reasonably-priced running shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were complaints from runners who felt that the 690 v4 was one size too small for them.
  • Some thought that the platform was too firm that it limited their capability to move their feet more freely.
  • Others experienced discomfort in their toes after long hours of use.

Bottom line

The New Balance 690 v4 from is a popular choice for many runners because of its contemporary design, breathable upper unit, durable components, and the generally reliable underfoot platform. It’s a good neutral running shoe for daily use.


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Updates to New Balance 690 v4

  • The very minimal changes are found mostly in the upper of the New Balance 690 v4. A closer look will show that the latest version has substantially less stitching, particularly on the forefoot overlay. This will greatly lessen the risk of rubbing or irritation.
  • Another change in the upper is the use of a larger overlay that extends to the heel. This helps secure the heel from potential slippage and adds to the secure fit of the shoe.
  • The treads in the outsole are also slightly different to enhance traction and durability.

New Balance 690 v4 size and fit

New Balance kept the fit of the original version in the 690 v4. It has sufficient space in the heel, a very snug midfoot, and enough room in the forefoot and toe box. Available widths are D, B, 2E, and 4E. Runners with different foot dimensions can have their best fit with these options. Sizing is another matter, though. Unlike the past edition, this one runs a little smaller than usual. Going a size up is a sound idea. Available sizes are 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 13 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole is a simple full-contact rubber with slightly larger treads for enhanced traction and durability.


Midsole

A standard and injection molded EVA occupies the midsole for cushioning and bounce back features.


Upper

A seamless design using regular air mesh and synthetic overlays provides great foot-hugging fit, excellent breathability, and adequate support.