We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit’s so-sew mesh and synthetic application makes for a comfortable and durable coverage.
  • Runners appreciated that the overlay system has been directly applied onto the upper unit, making it one with the fabric.
  • A good number of testers noted that the different color schemes available for this model made it more visually appealing.
  • The mid-sole unit is comprised of a variety of cushioning systems that provide sure underfoot support and comfort for a variety of activities.
  • The New Balance 775 v2 has a budget-friendly price.
  • A smooth fabric lines the inner sleeve of this model, keeping the foot comfortable even when wearing it without socks.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who thought that the tongue and collar didn’t have enough padding to help keep their feet locked in place.
  • The thin rubber on the outsole wore out quickly for some testers.

Bottom line

The 2nd version of the 775 from New Balance offers a more robust cushioning system, an appealing upper design and an overall comfortable running experience. Flexibility and responsiveness are its strengths. It’s a solid option for daily running and training.


Update: New Balance 775 v3
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9oz | Women: 6.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: New Balance
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $75
Colorways: Black, Blue
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  • The upper unit design of this budget-friendly running shoe has been updated. Unlike the 1st version of the New Balance 775, this one exposes the mesh material at the front area. It more effectively takes in air to maintain a well-ventilated environment for the foot.
  • In contrast to the lowered forefoot shape of the previous version, the 775 v2 gives more space for the runner by having the forefoot area raised. It’s a design that accommodates those who have a more rounded foot shape.
  • In addition to the superb CUSH+ and Ground Contact EVA cushioning systems, this version now has IMEVA for added firmness and flexibility to the platform.
  • The tip of the shoe has been reinforced with rubber, as well as synthetic coverings. It prevents the tearing of the material and protects the toes of the runner from debris when running on the roads.

The New Balance 775 v2 was made to follow the standard running shoe length. Runners can get the size that they’re more acclimated to. It’s also available in medium and wide widths, so it can accommodate a variety of foot shapes. The front area of this shoe has been raised to give more space for the forefoot and wiggle room for the toes.

The outsole works in tandem with the midsole. They are essentially one single unit, providing comfort, security and protection to the wearer. Blown Rubber is placed in critical areas of this shoe to protect the sole unit from wear and tearing. This type of rubber still provides a bit of cushioning and reliable traction over the roads.

Deep flex cuts in the sole unit distributes the cushioning well, so that the entirety of the foot can benefit from it. It also lets the wearer feel a more natural sense of flexibility, enabling them to move more freely during their activities.

The CUSH+ is the New Balance brand of soft and responsive cushioning. It’s resilient against breakage and it capably carries the foot. It offers comfort, balance and springiness to every step. This midsole material is also used in the New Balance 775 v3.

Ground Contact Ethylene vinyl acetate or GCEVA offers full-bodied cushioning that comes from the ground up. Having a full cushioning system for the entire sole unit ensures long-lasting underfoot comfort, efficient protection and better performance.

To add more durability and flexibility to the cushioning system, the Injection Molded EVA foam has been incorporated in the 775 v2. It’s a high quality foam that injected into the unit itself and not just layered in, ensuring a quality platform that lasts.

Mesh and synthetic materials make up the upper unit of this running shoe. These materials ensure breathable, comfortable and secure coverage. These materials are strong and efficient and they do not easily break or lose structural integrity.

The no-sew application of the upper materials provide a clean and seamless wearing experience for the runner. It also reduces the overall weight of the shoe. No additional layers mean that flexibility and efficacy in running becomes more prominent.

The smooth inner lining keeps the interior soft and non-irritating to the skin of the wearer, making the 775 v2 great for those who want to wear it without socks.