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 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

    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: 9.7oz
  • 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
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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88 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 | James Smith

    New Balance 860 v9 - Comfort & rock-solid stability mile after mile

    I’m a tall, medium build, fore-midfoot striker and I train mostly in barefoot/minimal shoes. But I’ll try anything once!

    I suffered from shin splints a while back. I almost went for some stability shoes at the point in my running to try and help with my issue but ended up trying out barefoot shoes. I've never looked back.

    Having said that I am always intrigued to try out stability shoes to see how I get on with them and to see if I think they’re actually any good for reducing the risk of injury. The 860 v9 seems to be halfway to an out and out stability shoe. None the less I wanted to see just how good this solid road shoe from New Balance was.

    I wasn’t expecting much from these initially I have to be honest. They felt really stiff and weighty, but they didn’t half prove me wrong!

     

    Tech Specs

    • UK11 weight 380g
    • 10 mm drop
    • Blown rubber outsole
    • Dual density midsole
    • No-sew material application
    • Synthetic/mesh upper

    Overview

    I really like the look of the 860v9. The colours are nicely understated and they don’t seem like they’re trying too hard. Which I much prefer! I really like the embossed style 860 on the heel and the fact that there are not loads of hideous reflective strips all over the upper.

    I’d happily wear these as a day to day shoe (if I didn’t already have a day to day shoe of course)!

     

    Upper

    The 860 v9 has a very breathable mesh upper. It’s comfortable and has enough given in it that it allows my feet to spread. It’s not too padded which I really like and I really like the overlays on the outside of the shoe. All in all, I really like the upper of this road shoe.

    Laces

    These are just, meh! Yes I know that’s not really a thing but I’m sure you get the picture. Nothing special here. Nothing bad, just nothing good. Moving on.

     

    Heel counter

    The 860 v9 has a very solid heel. I’m not usually a fan of this as I prefer a more flexible sock-like heel. Having said that I really like how secure I feel in these shoes. I didn’t once feel any movement and my first run in them was 13.2 miles long! Stellar performance.

    Collar

    Whilst more padded than I would usually like I can’t really complain too much about the collar. It’s soft and comfortable and locks my ankles firmly in place.

     

    Tongue

    It does what it says on the tin really. Soft and padded enough to provide comfort across the tops of my feet yet light enough that it doesn’t add to much unnecessary weight. It also does a fine job at keeping out the crud (grit etc.. from the road).

     

    Safety

    Very little to say about in terms of safety on these stability shoes from New Balance. On the upper at least!

    They have a very slight reflective N on their sides however it’s not very reflective so I don’t think it’s there to make the shoes more visible. That’s about all there is, to be honest. More on ‘safety’ in the next section.

    Sole

    The 860 v9 has a very flat sole. It is clearly aimed towards road use however it seems suitable for use on some light trails and gravel tracks too.

     

     

    There’s something called a T-Beam moulded into the midsole.

    New Balance says that this technology “features a lightweight, flexible TPU shank designed to deliver greatly enhanced torsional stability and arch support. This is achieved through a unique central beam structure.”

     

     

    I’m not completely sure what that means but I think it could be why the shoe feels a stiff in the sole as it does. Usually, I’d say the more flexible the better, but for some reason, the 860 v9 feels great because it’s so solid.

    Support

    This is where this shoe really, really shines. What New balance has done with the midsole on the 890v9 is something else!

    The inner edge of the midsole is stuffed with not only a harder compound of foam but more of it too, look at the photos below. You can visibly see the height difference. This means it’s virtually impossible for your ankle to roll inward too far and cause an injury. It’s brilliant!

    100 times better than the technology used on the Kayano 25!

     

    Flexibility

    From the best feature to the worst. This shoe is not flexible.

    I mean it doesn’t try to be or claim to be. It almost makes not being flexible a plus point. But for me, it never will be. I had to push pretty hard to get the toe to flex. Better than some, worse than most.

     

    Tread

    Designed for the road the 860 tread isn’t aggressive at all. It is however very durable.

    When I checked the bottom of these beasts after my first run I honestly couldn’t see any wear. None! This is a first for me as I usually wear the outside of the midfoot on most of my shoes very quickly. More plus points to New Balance!

    Grip

    Grippy enough for roads in all conditions. It does pretty well on the light trail too. I can’t fault it! Hard wearing and grippy. What more could you ask for?!

     

    Fit & Comfort

    I can’t really stress this enough, these shoes are really comfortable. One thing that let them down slightly is that they did seem slightly too small. I’d probably suggest going a half size bigger in these than usual but it wasn’t a killer, just marginally too close on the toes of my bigger foot.

    There’s not a tonne of arch support unlike other stability shoes or even conventional running shoes for that matter. This is a welcome surprise and it certainly doesn’t limit the 860 in any way. It makes them far more comfortable!

    Other than this they’re pretty great! They hug my feet at the same time as locking them down. It’s a win-win.

    Toe box

    The toe box is adequate, though not the roomiest. I’d prefer a bit more space in there though I didn’t feel overly constricted.

    I didn’t get any toe pain on any of my runs which is a good sign and the upper material provides enough flex that my feet could splay a bit more than in other conventional shoes.

     

    Heel

    As I mentioned in the heel counter section, the heel on the 860 v9 is great. More structure than I would usually like but I can’t knock it for comfort or performance. No heel pain whatsoever!

    Performance

    I’d say that the focus for these road shoes was longer distance runs. You’re not going to break any speed records in them anyway, let’s just say that.

    They perform admirably over most distances but I really enjoyed running in them at slow paces for long runs. My first 13.2 mile run in them was brilliant.

    I didn’t notice their weight whilst running and actually think that they helped me to maintain a good steady pace. It’s hard to explain but perhaps the technologies built into the 860 v9 really do work!

    • On road

    Ideal for the road, the flatter the better but they can cope with pretty much anything and any weather. Top scores!

    • Off road

    If you’re looking to hit some light trails and paths these are fine. Though they certainly shouldn’t be your first pick. You’d be much better off with a dedicated trail shoe like something from Inov8 for example.

    • For speed

    No, no, no!

    • For distance

    Great! I could run in these all day long and still keep going. I’m not sure if I’ve run in a shoe that’s better suited to long slow runs as these before!

    The good

    • Durable
    • Supportive
    • Brilliant technology
    • No gimmicks
    • Highly Comfortable

    The bad

    • Quite a lot of padding
    • Not very flexible
    • Slightly undersized

    Dear New Balance

    The technology in the 860 v9 is without a doubt the best I have come across for stability shoes. One thing that I would love to see would be a racing version of this shoe with all the padding stripped out, a flatter sole but the same great midsole technology. That would be something else.

    Bottomline

    New Balance has managed to create a stability shoe that bucks the trend of stability shoes. The arch isn’t overly intrusive, it’s not too heavy, it doesn’t try to force you to run in a certain way, it’s not painful to run in.

    It quietly does it’s a thing and it does it brilliantly. I really can’t rate these shoes highly enough. If you’re looking for a stability shoe, look no further!!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 92 / 100 | Paul Myatt

    New Balance 860 v9 – how does the latest version stack up?

    Here we are with version 9 of New Balance’s popular 860 running shoe. I have not tried any of versions 1 to 8, so I did not know what to expect when I first put them on.

    I figured they were a distance training shoes so I thought they would be well padded and comfortable but likely to be a bit heavier than my normal choice of running shoe. I think the Asics Gel Kayano 25 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 are the closest shoes I have tried, so they will be my reference point.

     

    Design

    First up, the 860 only seem to come in two colors – black with magnet and petrol with flame. Not as bright as I would ideally choose but the black and magnet pair I was sent to try to look fairly smart without attracting too much attention.

    They look well proportioned, not too chunky and rather understated. The single mesh upper is well made, and there is plenty of padding around the tongue and collar. They are comfortable straight away and feel a bit lighter than expected.

     

     

    To be clear, they are not a stripped down racer, but they did feel lighter than the Asics Kayanos which have a similar weight of 325g. This was an early bonus as I did not feel they were going to slow me down as much I had anticipated.

    How do they feel?

    The 860 are marketed as a responsive, cushioned and supportive shoe, and they fit that description well. There is a substantial midsole with two layers of foam that absorbs bumps and shocks well - meaning no leg soreness even on longer runs.

    They do not feel overly soft or wallow and give you just enough feeling to tell what is going on beneath your feet. There is something called a supportive medial post providing support for overpronators which works well.

    They felt stable with no feeling of rolling inwards that I sometimes get. They would be ideal for longer runs for neutral and overpronating runners alike.

    Upper

    The mesh upper is a bit different compared to most distance shoes I have tried in the past. The upper is super soft and flexible and cossets your feet without ever pinching or feeling tight.

     

     

    Despite this, my feet felt securely held in place from the first run and were never anything but comfortable. There is a heel grip which helps to keep your feet in place without ever being noticeable.

    The mesh helps to keep your feet cool as well. As you can see from the picture, the mesh stretches when you put the 860 on. This may not be ideal for the cold, wet winter months but is great for warmer days.

    Collar & tongue

    The collar and tongue are well padded without feeling like slippers. The padding is light which helps to keep your feet cool and also keeps the weight down. This makes a big difference in terms of comfort and fatigue.

     

     

    The 860 may not feel like they will last forever as the Kayano 25, but to me, they feel easier to run in. It's a sort of halfway point between a racer and a distance shoe filling a welcome hole in my shoe collection.

    Sizing is as expected. I am a UK 10.5 in the majority of running shoes, and the 860 were no exception.

    Sole & grip

    The sole and grip work fine on the 860. I cannot comment yet on durability, but so far so good. I have had no issues with the grip, and the T beam plate does a good job of providing rigidity beneath the midfoot.

     

     

    This does restrict the flexibility a bit but not enough to be a problem. The sole run up a bit at the front to offer a small amount of protection, but I don’t think they are designed to face the worst of the British weather.

    I won’t be going off-road in them either as the grip is definitely best suited to pavements.

     

    Conclusion

    The 860 is a great shoe for medium training runs and a half or even full marathons. They are comfortable straight away, don’t overheat, are well cushioned and provide support for pronators.

    They are subtle and don’t do one thing amazingly well, but I think I will find myself coming back to them when I want to head out on a run without a set distance in mind. I feel like they will never let me down or negatively affect a run but will do their job without me noticing.

    Their discrete styling also means they could be worn casually if needed. For me, the 860 is a dependable shoe. A big thank you to New Balance for sending me these shoes to test.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 90 / 100 | Matthew Leonard

    New Balance 860v9 – Look no further for daily comfort and stability

    In the 860v9 New Balance has proven that the runner looking for stability in a shoe doesn’t have to compromise.

    They have taken the design of their deservedly popular 880 neutral shoe and incorporated stability features into the upper, the midsole and the outsole to deliver a great quality shoe that provides everyday comfort and cushioning mile after mile.

     

    Pros

    • Very comfortable
    • Unobtrusive stability
    • Good for mid-long mileage
    • Breathable upper
    • Versatile outsole suits road and light trail

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Initially feels flat and unresponsive
    • Not for racing or fast sessions

    Introduction

    Since taking up running a few years back, I’ve probably done 75% of my road running in New Balance shoes: initially sticking to the 1080’s through various revisions before trying the Vazee Rush, a few pairs of Fresh Foam Zante’s and most recently the Fresh Foam Beacon.

    I was offered the chance to try out the New Balance 860v9 which is different to my usual shoes in several ways, but I looked forward to experiencing what New Balance describe as the shoe’s “exceptionally responsive cushioning and reliable support.”

     

     

    The 860 is one of New Balance’s stability shoes, and whilst I don’t generally choose a stability shoe, I was very interested to see how the ride differed, and whether it might help me in any way.

    I experienced shin splints off the back of last Autumn’s marathon and ultra training cycles and felt that it wouldn’t hurt to give myself a little stability as I built up the mileage again this Spring.

    First impression and appearance

    The 860v9 is a good-looking shoe and reminded me very much of one of the pre-Fresh Foam iterations of the 1080 such as the v5. It has a flexible, breathable upper, stiff heel cup and a fairly rigid mid-sole.

    The men’s shoe is currently offered in three colours: “Black with Magnet” as seen here, a slightly more colourful “Petrol with Flame” and a vaguely titled “UV White with Blue and Black” which also throws in plenty of grey and some lime green for a distinctly 80’s feel.

     

     

    Out of the box, the shoe looks and feels well built, comfortable and durable.

    The “N” logos on the side of the shoes are reflective which is welcome for runners running at night or in low light.

    Weight

    The New Balance 860v9is listed at 327.5 grams (11.5 oz) which is a little heavier than their current premium neutral cushioned shoe, the 1080v8.

    This is, however, a stability shoe, and the additional support provided by the shoe in both upper and midsole which incorporates the T-beam will contribute to this additional weight, though it still weighs in more heavily than similar shoes from other manufacturers such as the Brooks Adrenaline (284g / 10oz)

    As expected, my UK 13.5 (US14) shoe weighed in heavier than the standard shoe, at 430g (15.2oz). This makes it the heaviest shoe I’ve run in, although to be fair it didn’t feel significantly heavier on the foot than a shoe such as the 1080v8 or the Brooks Ghost 11.

    Fit

    As with all New Balance shoes, I find that I need a ½ size larger than would be my “normal” size in UK sizing, although this may be in part due to the New Balance conversion from US sizing as I remain a US 14 in most shoes.

     

     

    So in this case, I wear a UK 13.5 (US 14) which is the same size I’ve used in all other New Balance shoes, Hokas, and Salomon trail shoes. For comparison, I generally use a UK 13 (US 14) in Brooks, Inov-8, and ASICS

    Out of the box, I laced up the shoe and found that it holds the foot well in the heel and throughout the midfoot, before opening a little in the toe box to provide sufficient room to allow the toes to splay and move a little. I’ve found the shoe comfortable on all runs, with no hotspots or areas of concern.

    Construction

    According to New Balance, “the men’s 860v9 features engineered mesh on the upper for a lightweight fit, breathability, and freedom of movement”.

    I’m inclined to agree with New Balance that despite the overall weight of the shoe, the upper manages to combine a lightness of feel with support and a good degree of comfort.

     

     

    The front of the upper comprises an extremely breathable double layer of engineered mesh. In the picture shown, the yellow colour is the sock showing through the mesh, which provides an indication of the breathability of the upper.

    The toe box is not as generous as some similar shoes on the market, though as suggested above, it should provide plenty of room for most runners. The toes are protected by a low-profile toe bumper glued inside the upper.

    The midfoot saddle is more substantial to provide support for the foot. The engineered mesh gives way to a ribbed synthetic fabric which is further supported by the N logo overlay, as well as printed overlays which run from the midsole, on each side of the foot, and which are also used to form the lace holes.

     

     

    The heel section of the shoe is well cushioned within and includes a good solid heel cup.

    There is also a well-cushioned tongue, sewn at the bottom, and held in place by a higher-than-usual lace loop which ensures that he tongue does not slip during your run.

     

     

    Overall, the 860v9 manages to hold the foot extremely well in a comfortable, yet breathable upper which is precisely what you’d hope for in a daily supportive shoe.

    Midsole

    The “Trufuse” name of the midsole describes the fusing of two full-length units of New Balance’s “Acteva” and “Abzorb” EVA foams, seen coloured black and white in the photos of this shoe. The upper, black foam unit is firmer.

     

     

    This limits the chance of overpronation by preventing the inside of the foot from sinking, thus enhancing the stability of the shoe together with the T-Beam on the medial side of the midsole (visible from the underside). The lower, white unit of foam offers greater cushioning.

    The combination of these two units into the Trufuse sole is designed to deliver a responsive shoe that will also provide both cushioning and stability.

     

    Outsole

    The outsole of the 860v9 is well designed and versatile, providing excellent grip, and with grooves positioned to further encourage a neutral gait cycle.  The outsole is formed from segmented blown rubber in what seems to be an extremely durable and hard-wearing composition.

    The images were taken for this review after I’d run approximately 50 miles in the shoes, and you’d need to look extremely carefully for any sign of wear on the outsole.

     

     

    The heel section is well thought through with a separate crash pad offering excellent cushioning to the heel-striker. Furthermore, the way in which the outer heel section rises towards the back and is further protected by a thick layer of the blown rubber should ensure that this is a long-lasting shoe even for the heaviest heel-striker.

    Moving towards the front of the outsole, there are several lateral grooves allowing the shoe to flex with the foot through to push-off.

     

     

    The versatility mentioned above arises from the overall design of the sole which offers good traction not only on road surfaces but on hard-packed trail and sand.

    Performance

    If I’m completely honest, I didn’t know what to expect from these shoes. I don’t generally run in stability shoes and wasn’t sure what effect the stability element of the shoe would have and whether that would either help or hinder me in my running. Added to that was the fact that we’re looking at a fairly heavy shoe, which means this was never likely to be the first pick for a race-day shoe, but a daily runner.

    The 860v9 is a solid, reliable running shoe. It's comfortable to wear with more than enough cushioning around in the tongue and inside the heel cup. The shoe is roomy and holds the foot securely. In my opinion, there should be no issue with putting on the shoe straight out of the box and heading off for a run without worrying about blisters or hotspots.

    Whilst out running and despite what the scales may say, I didn’t have any real concerns about the weight of the shoe. It didn’t feel any heavier to run in that any of my other cushioned daily shoes such as the 1080v8 or the Brooks Ghost 11.

    The combination of the two types of foam into a “Trufuse” midsole provided a unique feel compared to a standard neutral NB shoe. Initially, I felt as if there was very little cushioning in the midsole, and I felt almost as if I was running “flat-footed” with my foot slapping a little onto the ground, especially at slower paces (after a couple of runs, the shoe flexed a little and I no longer experienced this issue).

    As I ran more, I understood and felt better how the two foams worked; the Acteva maintained the stability of the foot, preventing any over-pronation (and leading the initial flat-footed feeling). The Abzorb then provided cushioning to the entire foot, reducing the impact of each ground contact.

    I’m confident that this combination works well to provide a really solid everyday shoe for medium – long runs for the runner looking for the extra stability that this shoe can provide.

    I’d also suggest that this shoe could be an all-in-one shoe for the beginner, or someone who’s looking to “get to the end” of their first 10k, half- or full marathon.

    What this shoe didn’t deliver for me was the responsiveness I’d hoped for at a faster pace. I’d suggest that once again this may be due to the dual-foam construction which doesn’t allow for the rapid compression and expansion of the Abzorb foam in specific areas of the foot through the landing and drive phase. This is not a failing of the design – it’s exactly what it is designed to do in order to provide the extra stability required, but it does make it hard work to increase the pace.

    Durability

    This shoe is made to run and run. After approximately 50 miles of road running, the sole barely shows any sign of wear. Furthermore, the design of the outsole ensures that the outer heel, often the first part to wear, is protected from premature wear by even the heaviest heel-strikers.

     

     

    I’d have no hesitation in suggesting that these shoes should last far beyond the generally accepted 400-500 mile mark and should be good for 700-800 miles in my opinion.

    Summary

    This is my first time running in a stability shoe, and to be honest, I was expecting to feel as if I was running in a rigid boot, though that was far from the case! I was really impressed with the feel and comfort of the shoe, and the way that the stability features are so well incorporated into the upper, the midsole and the outsole, working together to prevent over-pronation without compromising the quality of the run.

    It does genuinely feel like a daily running shoe, and I’d certainly recommend it for runners looking for stability in a quality shoe.

    As mentioned above – this isn’t a race shoe. It won’t get you to the end first, but it will get you to the end!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 80 / 100 | Dan Biagi

    New Balance 860 v9: Everyday cushioning and stability delivered

    New Balance 860 v9 is the successor of v8 and it is a stability and cushioning shoe ideal for everyday running on hard surfaces.

     

    Upper mesh

    The upper mesh is very soft, and it leaves plenty of room for your toes. However, the latter feature is often a double edge sword, because sometimes more room means also chafing.

    It didn’t happen in my case and I think for most feet there would not be any problems of this kind, so you can enjoy the extra room.

     

    Outer sole, transition, and support

    Compared to its predecessor, New Balance has done a big step ahead. The outer sole might feel very rigid, but after a few runs it becomes softer, also on top of it it has a very pleasant cushioning.

    Again, compared to v8, the transaction is very smooth, v8 had fairly cumbersome stability support compared to v9.

     

    Workouts and surfaces

    If you live in a city and need a supportive and protective shoe, with the majority of your miles on hard surfaces, like road or footpath, 860 v9 is a very good choice.

    860 v9 as the whole series is not conceived as a fast shoe, so for fast and race days, it might not be the best choice unless you do not fancy to rotate your shoes.

    860 v9 instead can be a very good companion for your long runs and easy paced runs.

    860 v9 is not a light shoe, the weight of a UK 7 is 289g, but I don’t think it matters much because if you are considering 860 series you do not care much about lightness, but you are more concerned about cushioning and stability which are two great features of this model.

     

    Fit

    The fit is true to size and it reflects all other New Balance models fits. So, if you already own a different model from NB, just go for the same size without too many thoughts.

    Design

    Also under the design point of view, New Balance has done a big step ahead. The model that I got does not have a super captivating look. But compared to its previous version I really loved them. I like them in black and in general the color choice for the new series.

    Also, one thing to mention is that the New Balance logo is reflective, so it can be useful for those who do their runs when dark.

     

    Comparison

    The competitors for this shoe are Saucony Guide, Mizuno Inspire, Brooks Ravenna and Nike Structure.

    I think 860 v9 is overall a good compromise which does not lack in anything.

    For example, compared to Nike Structure they are softer, I would go for Nike Structure only for the look and if would like to have a shoe which leaves a lighter feeling. However, I would not be surprised if you find 860 v9 more comforting than Nike Structure, that is exactly what happens to me.

    While I would go for Mizuno Inspire only if you need even more room for your toes and a firmer ride.

    Instead, the choice between Saucony Guide, Brooks Ravenna, and New Balance 860 v9 can be completely based on your personal reasons, those three shoes look very close under all points of view for what I tried.

    A good alternative for rotation on faster days is NB 1500, it is another stability model from the American manufacturer, it is much lighter and suitable for faster paces, but you lose a bit of cushioning.

     

    Pros

    • Stability support less cumbersome than its predecessor, but not at cost of less stability
    • Look and design
    • Comfort
    • Good cushioning

    Cons

    • Not the lightest shoe

    Conclusion

    New Balance 860 v9 is one of the best choices in the segment of stability shoes for everyday running. Look and design is captivating enough, and with no compromises in cushioning and comfort.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

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Updates to New Balance 860 v9

  • Stabilizing overpronated foot motion is the purpose of the New Balance 860 v9. This road-companion retains most of the designs of the previous iteration, the New Balance 860 v8, save for a redesigned upper that focuses more on the use of tightly woven sections than printed overlays.
  • The outsole unit of the 860 v9 uses two rubber compounds: abrasion-resistant Ndurance™ for the high-wear areas and blown rubber in the forefoot for propulsion.
  • Underfoot cushioning is the responsibility of the TruFuse midsole, a one-piece unit that came from the amalgamation of two foam compounds. This full-length technology offers flexible and responsive performances on the asphalt. Anti-pronation is provided by a stability post that is integrated into the medial side of this stability running shoe’s platform.

New Balance 860 v9 size and fit

The New Balance 860 v9 was created using the standard measurements. When it comes to size, runners can get a pair with their usual choices in mind. Widthwise, the available options for men are B - Narrow, D - Medium, 2E – Wide and 4E - Extra Wide for men; for women, the variants are A - Narrow, B - Medium, D – Wide and 2E - Extra Wide. A variety of foot dimensions and volumes can enjoy a pleasant in-shoe experience due to the diversity of width profiles.

Outsole

The forefoot section of the New Balance 860 v9’s outsole unit is composed of blown rubber. This material protects against abrasion, yet it also provides surface control. It also has a spongy nature which means that it offers extra cushioning and responsiveness. This material is also used in popular NB shoes like the 880 v8 and 890 v6.

The high-wear areas of the heel and forefoot are layered with Ndurance™ rubber, a durable and abrasion-resistant material that is able to protect against wear-and-tear. The extra-robust nature of Ndurance™ allows the external pad to be efficient at doling out traction for a long time.

Flex grooves in the forefoot section are meant to make the platform more flexible. These trenches are helpful during the toe-off, a stage that encompasses the bending of the toe joints. A flexible underfoot platform translates to an energized and well-rounded step.

The deconstructed heel is a design element that involves the separation of the crash pad from the rest of the platform. Such a configuration isolates the impact forces to the initial contact point while also heightening flexibility.

Midsole

The TruFuse technology is a full-length unit that offers cushioning and reactive steps. It is composed of a mixture of two proprietary components: ACTEVA and ABZORB. The firm-on-top-and-soft-at-the-bottom approach of this feature aims to deliver constant comfort throughout the run.

The medial side of the platform has a stability post. This wedged-in piece is tasked with correcting overpronation. It fundamentally acts as a foundation for the arch of the foot. Being supported permits the foot to neutralize pronation, thus stabilizing the gait and preventing unsavory injuries.

The T-BEAM technology is comprised of a thermoplastic unit in the midfoot section that serves as a supportive plinth. It props the tendons and muscles of the foot-pad, saving them from strain when taking each step.

Upper

A breathable, cloth-like mesh serves as the upper unit of the New Balance 860 v9. This form-fitting textile provides a wrap that is snug yet unrestrictive. It has open holes on the forefoot for airflow. The sides have a more closed construction to contribute to a secure fit.

Thin, printed overlays guard the instep and the throat of the upper. These add-ons place a bit more health to the structural integrity and sturdiness of the materials. They also help with foot security because they assist the fabrics and the lacing system in customizing the fit.

A traditional lacing system graces this stability shoe. Semi-flat laces snake through discreet eyelets, and they cover the majority of the bridge. Adjusting the tightness or looseness of the fit becomes effortless because of this feature.

A lace-anchor stabilizes the tongue unit of this product. It is basically another loop through which the laces go. The resulting device prevents tongue deviation, thus maintaining an irritant-free shoe-hug.

The tongue and collar are padded. These parts of the shoe are designed to cushion the ankles, the Achilles tendon, and the instep. They also prevent in-shoe quivering during the run while also staving off impact shock during each footfall.

An external counter is placed on the heel section. The purpose of this fused inclusion is to hold the back of the foot in place and prevent accidental shoe removals. The ‘860’ branding is emblazoned on it.

Stability shoe series similar to the New Balance 860

Asics Gel Kayano

The Gel Kayano series is one of the premier Asics stability running shoes designed for overpronators that are neophyte runners or aspiring athletes. But this line of footwear has also endured contests and speed training sessions. Its versatility is one of the hallmark aspects that allow this family to thrive over the years. Though most of the Kayano shoes look visually identical to each other, the changes lie in the midsole as increments of 3 or 4 versions change foam compositions or number of features. The stability mechanism that links these shoes together is the DuoMax™, a dual-density wedge that is placed in the medial side of the platform. The prominent members of this series include the Asics Gel Kayano 25, the Gel Kayano 24, and the Gel Kayano 23.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS

The Adrenaline GTS family of anti-pronation shoes is known for the lightweight builds of its products. The midsole units of these shoes feature a bevy of technologies that aim to maintain comfort give a customized in-shoe feel. DNA foam (and its variations) is a full-length unit that accommodates the natural curves of the underfoot, thereby ensuring support for the arch and other crevices. Prior Adrenalines like the Adrenaline GTS 17 and the Adrenaline GTS 18 utilize the DRB Accel thermoplastic piece and Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar® to correct pronation. The Adrenaline GTS 19 takes a step forward as it uses the GuideRails Holistic Support System which brings stability to the entire foot, not only the medial section.

Nike Air Zoom Structure

The Air Zoom Structure group of stability shoes has enjoyed being the go-to for many consumers. The long-running history of this series is proof that the market has gotten used to the existence of anti-pronation products from Nike. The affordable prices, the dual-density midsole configuration, the inclusion of Zoom Air cassettes in the forefoot section of the platform, and the highly appealing façades became the selling points. User feedback hasn’t been very consistent as the iterations rolled out, but the Structures are still considered to be approachable footwear to combat overpronation. The Nike Air Zoom Structure 22, Air Zoom Structure 21 and Air Zoom Structure 20 are examples of models that encompass the current-age renditions of this series.

Mizuno Wave Inspire

Mizuno’s most revered line of stability shoes, the Wave Inspire, has dutifully made its rounds as a reliable option for those who want to perform well on the roads. The brand’s signature Wave Technology (in this case, the double fan wave) is the element that neutralizes flat-arch structures. This thermoplastic wedge is also tasked with steadying the foot in the interior chamber and attenuating impact shock during the landing phase. It works together with the foam technologies of the platform to deliver a stable yet reactive ride. The well-known models in this series are the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13, the Wave Inspire 14, and the Wave Inspire 15.


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