Arch support
M: 244g | W: 248g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 23mm | W: 23mm
Forefoot height
M: 15mm | W: 15mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Considered by a good number of runners as a versatile running shoe because of the various activities that they can do with the New Balance 890 v5.

  • For better traction, especially on wet surfaces, the 5th version of the New Balance 890 also includes a tough rubber compound as noted by a few runners.

  • The FantomFit technology, a skeletally engineered upper made of mesh and synthetic layers enhance the fit and breathability of the 890 v5.

  • The REVlite midsole foam makes the heel to toe transition more responsive, which results in better heel strikes, observed a handful of users.

  • Many liked the seamless upper of the shoe that promotes an irritation-free environment for the foot.

  • A significant number of users found the New Balance 890 v5 to be lightweight and fast enough for uptempo training.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners say this shoe has a narrow fit because of its small toe box, which results in limited forefoot flexibility.

  • It takes time before finally feeling comfortable running in it.

  • The New Balance 890 v5 is not durable.

Bottom line

The New Balance 890 v5 is a neutral running shoe perfect on the road, gravel and track terrains. Most often, it is used for daily running and other general fitness activities. Runners who are mild pronators are the ones who will most likely benefit from this shoe.

World wide, 890 v5 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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83 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 86
    LaMontage PhotographyLevel 2 expert
    by LaMontage Photography
    Get them because they're good shoes.
  • 85
    Men's Health SingaporeLevel 1 expert
    by Men's Health Singapore
    I like the weight of it. It's light. It feels like a lightweight trainer, yet it offers you quite a reasonable amount of cushioning.
  • 82
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    Hence in theory, the 890 should vaguely sit between a 980 Fresh Foam and a 1500 V1, along with some speedster leaning, correct? This seems like a legit line of thought, unless we've tied ourselves in confused knots. New Balance's description of the 890 - 'built to withstand fast' is a nod to our thinking too.
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  • Brendan Murray RunningShoes.com
    It's lightweight, but it has enough cushioning underneath the foot. But it's not so lightweight that it's too minimal for some consumers that want a little bit ample cushioning underneath the foot.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    The 5th version of this shoe keeps updates to a minimum to ensure a similar fit and feel to the award-winning 890 v4.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    To maintain a soft feel in a lightweight package, the 890 v5 continues to use a RevLite midsole complemented by an Abzorb crash pad for a smooth transition.
  • Sport Soul
    With RevLite in the midsole and an Abzorb crash pad, the 890 v5 doesn't mess with success, keeping much of what made the v4 reign supreme.

Updates to 890 v5

The New Balance 890 v5 only have very minimal changes. One of the minor update is in the upper. It comes with an improved upper that delivers breathability and comfort. It also has a new lacing system and improved tongue.

The updated version also features an improved cushioning. It has a softer forefoot and heel cushioning for a well-cushioned, responsive ride.

890 v5 size and fit

Due to the minimal changes in the 5th version of the New Balance 890, the fit and sizing is still identical with its predecessor. It is still available in standard sizing. The midfoot and heel area offers a snug fit. The shoe is available in both medium and wide widths.


The outsole of the New Balance 890 v5 uses a durable blown carbon rubber. It delivers enough amount of traction while running on the road without affecting the shoe’s cushioning and the responsiveness.


The shoe uses the RevLite midsole that is much lighter compared to the traditional midsole foam yet, it delivers durable and responsive cushioning. This works perfectly with the brand’s ABZORB cushioning system that gives excellent shock absorption for a more responsive ride.


The upper of the New Balance 890 v5 is still breathable because of the open mesh covers. It keeps foot cool and dry. The no-sew upper offers soft, irritation-free and secure fit. The upper built functions efficiently with the Fantom Fit that delivers a lightweight supportive fit.


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