Updates to New Balance 840 v2
- The New Balance 840 v2 is designed as a versatile walking shoe that delivers comfort and style for fitness and everyday travels. Like its predecessor, it features the ABZORB foam midsole which protects the foot by absorbing the force of impact. Underneath, it uses two types of rubber; the Ndurance rubber is used in the high-wear areas, while the blown rubber is found on the rest of the outsole.
- The new version uses more leather in the upper to enhance structure, support, and longevity. The mesh fabric is kept to a minimum and is found on the collar and tongue to ensure that the foot chamber is ventilated while in use.
Size and fit
The New Balance 840 v2 caters to both men and women. It is generally true to size and comes in different width options. For men, it available in D - Medium, 2E - Wide, and 4E - Extra Wide widths. Women may obtain the shoe in B - Medium, D - Wide, and 2E - Extra Wide widths. To get accurate size and fit, New Balance offers its online Fit Finder tool. It helps consumers find the right size and fit by using the shopper’s footwear as a basis for comparison.
The bottom of the New Balance 840 v2 is lined with two types of rubber. The first is Ndurance, which is a proprietary compound designed to be more durable than typical rubber. It is placed in the high-friction areas such as the ball and heel sections. This material is also non-marking, so it does not leave streaks on polished floors. The second type is the blown rubber which is located underneath the toes and the midfoot. Though durable, it is not as high-wearing as Ndurance.
The outsole has flex grooves in the forefoot area. They serve to add flexibility to the sole unit for better forefoot flexion. The tread pattern on the rubber enhances the traction on different surfaces.
The New Balance 840 v2 employs the ABZORB midsole. This full-length foam protects the foot and the joints in the lower extremities by absorbing the force of impact. The platform is also soft enough to provide all-day comfort but maintains its form to keep the foot steady. This cushioning component is found in some of the most durable walking shoes from the brand, like the New Balance 877.
Leather makes up most of the upper of the New Balance 840 v2. This material is designed to deliver a secure but comfortable wrap. It has perforations on the vamp to keep the inside of the trainer fresh.
To help keep the foot chamber ventilated, mesh fabric is used to cover the collar and tongue. It allows the hot air from the inside to dissipate and the cool air to come in. The plush collar also keeps the foot locked down, so that it doesn’t accidentally slip out while the user is in motion.
A traditional lacing system holds the foot securely in place. The flat laces allow users to customize the fit of the upper.