|Weight:||Men: 9.1oz | Women: 7.2oz|
|Heel to toe drop:||Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Strike Pattern:||Midfoot strike|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Heel height:||Men: 23mm | Women: 23mm|
|Forefoot height:||Men: 15mm | Women: 15mm|
|Width:||Men: Normal, Wide | Women: Normal, X-Wide|
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- 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 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.
The outsole is a simple full-contact rubber with slightly larger treads for enhanced traction and durability.
A standard and injection molded EVA occupies the midsole for cushioning and bounce back features.
A seamless design using regular air mesh and synthetic overlays provides great foot-hugging fit, excellent breathability, and adequate support.