Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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
    Use

    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
    Price
    $80
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 8.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jun 2017
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Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Several users commented on the high level of comfort given by the shoe.
  • Testers said that the price was just right for the quality that they had received.
  • A majority of users used the New Balance 720 v4 for everyday activities and they wrote that it remained efficient.
  • A good number of users appreciated the modish design of the shoe, though it’s minimal-looking.
  • One user observed that the underfoot platform was soft enough that it felt like walking on clouds.
  • The shoe is a great option for those who have wider feet, said some reviewers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One major disadvantage that several users noted was the tongue, which was constantly shifting; for them, it posed as a discomfort.
  • Many noticed that this shoe ran a little narrow. One tester accounted that the 4E width measurement felt more like the 2E one.
  • One user suggested to go half-a-size up when getting a pair. This user purchased the shoe in a size 11 which is his usual size, but felt that there wasn’t enough room in the toe box.
  • Some testers noted that the shoe didn’t have the best durability; for them, some sections started to wear off early.

Bottom line

The New Balance 720 v4 is a neutral road running that’s fit for daily use. It targets all-day comfort while delivering a smooth ride. Because of its wider width availability, it’s also a shoe for those with wider feet. It is preferred as a shoe for work and for casual wear, but it can also function well when used for light forms of exercise and short runs.

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Updates to New Balance 720 v4

  • The New Balance 720 v4 is the revamped version of its predecessor. The updates were minor, but still essential, so the shoe can fit the requirements of runners who are wanting for an upgraded level comfort and ride without worrying about the price of the shoes.
  • The one-piece outsole was designed to give the shoe better movement and traction-capability. The bean-like flex pads were replaced with almond shaped ones that vary in size. They are strategically patterned on different areas of the outsole to provide a more responsive ride and better grip on varying surfaces.
  • New Balance introduced their Flexonic Technology into the midsole of the shoe. Unique flex grooves are incorporated in the mid-sole and they allow the foot to move easily and naturally. It also serves an aesthetic purpose as it adds to the shoe’s already stylish appearance.
  • The Cush+ Technology is injected into the midsole, giving the shoe its cushioned underfoot feel. The foam is durable, but soft enough to promote all-day comfort.
  • The Response 2.0 Performance insert in the midsole provides extra cushioning, as well as comfort. This additional inner sole from New Balance smoothens the lining from inside the shoe, giving the runner an improved in-shoe feel.

New Balance 720 v4 size and fit

The New Balance 720 v4 is available in standard sizes for male and female runners. Aside from the regular medium width variant, it also comes in wider width measurements, 4E – Extra Wide for males and D – wide for females.

Outsole

The outsole of the New Balance 720 v4 is made up of a durable rubber formed into a unique design that specifically improves the traction of the shoes. Surface-grip is heightened by almond-shaped flex-pads that have different corrugations on each of its surfaces. These flex-pads have a single design, but their size varies in different sections of the outsole, which make surface-control more agreeable.

The outsole is designed as a single-piece unit. This is significant as it contributes to the responsiveness and smoothness of the New Balance 720 v4’s ride.

Midsole

On the midsole is New Balance’s Cush+ Technology. The company describes it as a revolutionary foam compound. It’s the best of both worlds as it provides next-level softness and underfoot cushioning without affecting the durability of the rubber.

The Response 2.0 Performance insert was added to improve the fit of the shoe and provide even more comfort from the inside.

Upper

The upper is made up of a breathable mesh, which helps in keeping the foot cool and dry. The net-like structure of the mesh allows air to seamlessly enter the foot-chamber. It is also lightweight and it hugs the foot securely.

In terms of the overlays, New Balance stuck to the minimalist theme of the shoes. A few synthetic overlays were added to the upper of the shoe, but they still give way for much of the upper mesh material. The most noticeable overlay is the “N” logo of New Balance, which gives minimal support and shape to the lateral and medial areas of the shoe.

New Balance also gave some attention to ankle comfort with the New Balance 720 v4’s padded ankle collar. This improves the fit and comfort of the shoe from the ankle and provides this part of the foot with minimal support.

The full lacing system helps with the fit of the shoe. Runners can loosen or tighten the lacing according to their fit preference. Tightening the laces will prevent the shoe from accidentally coming off when the foot is in motion.