Facts

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$125
Weight
Men: 11.5oz
Women: 9.6oz
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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

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

6 reasons to buy

  • Reviews mentioned that the shoe provides great stability and support.
  • The no-sew construction reduced the risk of blisters and irritation.
  • The upper felts soft and breathable, based on a review.
  • Based on reviews, the New Balance 860 v7 was a comfortable shoe.
  • The shoe’s cushioning system delivers a soft, responsive ride.
  • Testers mentioned that the added cushioning in the heel provided a comfortable foot lock down.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The New Balance 860 v7 is slightly expensive.
  • Few users mentioned that the shoe was heavy.
  • Available in limited color options.

Bottom line

Several liked the overall performance of the New Balance 860 v7. Made as a stability shoe, the shoe does not disappoint runners who are looking for support. The shoe provides a great combination of cushioning, comfort and breathability.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 67 ratings

5 star
63%
4 star
7%
3 star
3%
2 star
0%
1 star
1%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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91 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by RunRepeat • Mary Post • Level 2 expert

    Unfortunately, after 81 road miles, I started noticing a severe lack of cushioning throughout the insoles.
    Running longer miles started hurting the bottom of both feet. This shocked me because the 860 v6’s still feel great no matter what distance I run.

  • 92 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    The New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi V2 meets its stated goal of providing “a snappy feel over a variety of terrain.” It’s a running shoe that provides a high level of versatility – a chameleon that adapts to its environment.

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Updates to New Balance 860 v7

  • The New Balance 860 v7 features a few major updates to provide a great balance of cushioning and stability. One of the updates is the TRUFUSE cushioning technology that is designed to deliver a reliable cushioning and responsive ride for long mile runs.
  • The shoe also comes with a lower heel drop. Its predecessor has a 12mm offset while the 7th version of the New Balance 860 has a 10mm offset. The 2mm difference will give runners a more natural and enhanced ride without sacrificing stability.
  • The New Balance 860 v7 features an engineered mesh that is designed for an exceptional fit and added support. The flexible mesh allows the shoe to accommodate a wider range of foot shapes. With fewer stitched overlays, the upper wraps the foot securely and comfortably.

New Balance 860 v7 size and fit

The shoe has a standard running shoe length. The engineered upper mesh that is very stretchable provides excellent fit to a wide range of foot measurements and shapes. The men’s version is available in medium, wide and extra-wide widths while the women’s version is available in medium and wide widths.

Outsole

The shoe utilizes a blown rubber compound that is strategically placed in the outsole unit. It delivers reliable traction while running on the road and it gives durability on high-abrasion areas.

Midsole

The midsole of the New Balance 860 v7 features the new TRUFUSE cushioning technology. It is a combination of the softer ACTEVA foam and firmer ABZORB foam that provides a great balance of support and cushioning. The dual-density medial post designed to reduce overpronation and the T-BEAM technology offers torsional stability.

Upper

The New Balance 860 v7 features an engineered upper mesh that provides breathability. It is also flexible to comfortably wrap the foot. It still utilizes the asymmetrical heel counter and the midfoot support. The shoe retains the neoprene stretch tongue and lace.