Updates to New Balance 860 v10

  • The New Balance 860 v10 may seem like a mere iteration in name, but this model offers updates on its upper. These include the use of a smooth and stretchy heel fabric that has ribbed patterns for security and lockdown. The printed overlays are also reduced to maintain the image of an uncluttered facade.
  • The cushioning system has the same semi-curved construction that includes the midfoot in its supportive purpose. A stability post in the medial section of the platform controls the pronation of the foot. Two rubber compounds grace the outsole and are meant to provide surface grip and additional responsiveness.

Size and fit

Standard sizing schemes were used when the New Balance 860 v10 was made. Runners are welcome to get a pair with their usual sizing options in mind. Nevertheless, it is always to the benefit of the potential consumer when the shoe is tested first or when user reviews are read/observed. Practicing safe purchasing decisions can improve the overall experience when wearing this shoe.

The fit is influenced by several fabrics, namely the semi-curved shape of the shoe last, the form-fitting structure of the cloth-like upper, the heel-cupping textile on the heel, and the sparing use of overlays. All these elements may result in a welcoming in-shoe wrap or other conditions that differ from user to user.


Most of the outsole unit is made of Ndurance. This layer is touted as a durable element that protects the base of the midsole foam from the abrasive nature of the surfaces. It prevents the rough asphalt from damaging the structure of the sole. It also grips the ground because it is naturally adherent.

The forefoot section of the external pad features a blown rubber. This compound is still traction-ready and protective against wear-and-tear. However, it has a slightly spongy construction to add some more oomph to the perception of responsiveness, particularly affecting the forefoot lift.


TruFuse is the technology that is used for the midsole unit of the New Balance 860 v10. This feature is made of ACTEVA and ABZORB, cushioning pieces that are inherent to many of the brand’s roster of performance footwear. This two-layer midsole is a bit firm at the top and soft at the bottom. The amalgamation has the goal of giving a steady platform on which to rest the foot and providing a responsive ride.

A dual-density stability post is wedged in the medial side of the midsole. This accouterment runs from the middle to part of the rear, supporting a significant portion of the foot. But its primary purpose is to buttress the arch, saving it from collapsing or pronating excessively during the run or even when standing idly.

A sockliner is placed right above the shoe-last. This add-on offers a feeling of softness when standing on the sole unit. It is thin, but it is made of foam. It can be eliminated or replaced with a custom orthotic piece if the wearer wants to do so.


Running from the midfoot to the front of the New Balance 860 v10’s silhouette is engineered mesh. This cloth-like fabric is designed to cover the foot in a sock-like manner, giving a smooth and flexible hug. It has a lightweight and breathable structure to maintain a ventilated ride. The use of cloth-like uppers embodies many models in the New Balance line, including the Fresh Foam Zante and the Fresh Foam 1080.

The rear part of the upper uses a smooth yet ribbed textile to hold the foot in place. Separate heel counters aren’t needed anymore because of this update.

Synthetic prints grace the sides and the eyestays. These discreet overlays bolster the structural integrity of the fabrics while also helping in the attainment of a secure fit.

The tongue and collar are lightly padded to give moderate cushioning to the topmost portions of the foot. In-shoe wobbling and accidental shoe removals are also averted by these features.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.8oz / Women 9.7oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v11
Collection: New Balance 860
Pronation: Overpronation

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