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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
$115
Weight
Men: 9.3oz
Women: 7.9oz
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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 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance 870 v4 is lighter than any of its past iterations.
  • Most of the runners agree that it is more flexible compared to past editions.
  • Reviews coming from mild overpronators show that they were pleasantly surprised by the sufficient stability and support.
  • A touch of flexibility in a very stable ride is given huge thumbs up from many runners.
  • The stability is reliable without being intrusive, according to several slight overpronators.
  • The 870 v4 is a versatile shoe that has been proven by many to do very well in different distances and in various speeds.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There are many moderate overpronators who would have wanted more arch support coming from the 870 v4.
  • A few runners with wide feet found the shoe as too narrow for comfort.

Bottom line

The New Balance 870 v4 is a shoe that looks and performs way better than its price tag. It firmly finds a place in the lightweight trainer category that is suited best for distances ranging from 10Ks to marathons. Neutrals and slight overpronators will find the arch support perfect in reining in the slight inward rolling of the foot.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 225 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

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87 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 by Alex Oat Runner • Alex • Level 1 expert

    This shoe, I'm running a lot with it and I'm really enjoying it. Decent cushioning. Nice upper, which gives my toes room to breathe. And I feel really comfortable in it.

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Updates to New Balance 870 v4

  • New Balance offers a newly-designed and more flexible upper in the 870 v4. More than the enhanced aesthetic value, the upper adapts to the foot better that those with slightly wider or narrower feet can comfortably fit in this shoe.
  • Upper flexibility comes in the form of a seamless construction and the use of only one overlay in the heel. The removal of some of the overlays means more mesh, which also enhances the breathability and adaptability of the shoe.
  • The moderate stability of the shoe improves, through a different set of stability features. Instead of a TPU insert, it now uses a high-density foam in the medial side that extends from the midfoot to the heel. New Balance also made the platform slightly wider to provide a tad more stability when running. Coupled with the full-contact outsole, the new platform gives runners a more confident run.

New Balance 870 v4 size and fit

The fit is average all throughout just as it was in the prior model. Runners with medium foot will likely find the standard heel and forefoot real estate with a lockdown feel in the midfoot quite comfortable. Available width is medium or D and B while sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

Blown rubber covers most of the outsole of the 4th release of the 870 for adequate traction and a little cushioning. Blanketing the heel and the lateral part going to the midfoot is the highly-durable N-durance rubber. New Balance places this tough rubber in high-impact areas to limit wear and tear.


Midsole

Two of the best midsole technologies are found in the 870 v4. Delivering lightweight and responsive cushioning is the innovative REVlite midsole foam. Forming a partnership with this foam is the ABZORB crash pad which is made of sturdy rubber and proprietary foam from New Balance for exceptional shock-absorbing features. Providing a little bit of stability is the new high-density foam just below the arch. As with most firm medial posts, it strengthens the arch to curb overpronation.


Upper

A synthetic mesh and synthetic overlays are the most visible features of the upper. They respectively offer excellent breathability and sufficient support and structure. New Balance uses its famed FantomFit technology or the thin wires running from the sole to the upper. It provides a very nice hold and support for runners. An asymmetrical heel counter personalizes fit and helps with the overpronation measures. The interior comfort comes with a healthy dose of anti-microbial properties through the Ortholite sockliner.