DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance 940 v3
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.
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WeightMen: 12ozWomen: 11.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 31mmWomen: 31mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Wide
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Flat-footed runners who overpronate will get a great deal of stability and control from the New Balance M940.
The super heavy duty sole is extremely shock absorbent, so you will not experience tenderness, after your run.
This is the perfect shoe for severe flat feet and need to improve balance while running.
- An already stable shoe, the 2nd version of the 940 becomes even more so with an additional overpronation control feature. In this model, New Balance added a TPU material in the midfoot to help the medial side support the arches of moderate overpronators. With several overpronation schemes in place, this makes the shoe incredibly stable and may now be a bit more jarring for minimal overpronators to enjoy.
- To compensate for the additional stiffness in the midsole, New Balance is introducing the N2 cushioning in the heel. It gives a more responsive cushioning and shock-absorbing features for the 940 v2.
- There are also very visible changes in the upper to really provide support and structure for the runner. New Balance uses more overlays in this version while the logo becomes a major part of the support that connects the overlays. The heel now features more overlays for enhanced support and lockdown feel. With these changes, the runners get a very nice foothold both in the heel and the midfoot.
The fit and sizing of the 2nd installment of the 940 follows those of the original model. It has an accommodating fit in the heel and forefoot, which should make most runners very comfortable. The midfoot is snug in a good way. The available widths are the standard D and B for the men’s and women’s models, respectively. Sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.
The outsole has decent traction, including a little cushioning, courtesy of the blown rubber. New Balance’s Ndurance rubber in high-wear areas offers protection for a long-lasting performance.
The outsole is where New Balanced stored a good number of technologies to help runners with their cushioning and overpronation control features. As mentioned, the T-Beam is now included in the lineup. It is a very light thermoplastic unit located just under the midfoot arch to enhance support in the medial part and to provide torsional rigidity. This new feature functions as lighter brother of the Stabilicore that stretches from the heel to the midfoot to really keep rearfoot movement minimal and to support the arch as well. Finally, a high-density foam that acts as a medial post rounds off the stability features of the 940 v2.
Providing consistent cushioning is the ACTEVA Lite that spans the whole shoe. This is made of durable and resilient EVA with decent rebound features. This midsole foam is also found in the New Balance 990 v4 and other popular running shoes from New Balance. Shock absorbing features are located in the heel and forefoot as well.
The N-ergy is an ultra-light foam that takes some of the impact upon landing. It is found in the forefoot and heel. New Balance includes the N2 cushioning in the series for the first time to enhance the cushioning in the heel.
A standard synthetic mesh offers excellent breathability while an NLOCK system of overlays holds the midfoot and the heel very effectively. Inside the shoe, there is an Ortholite Sockliner for added cushioning and moisture-wicking features. New Balance uses a very plush fabric, called the Lightning Dry, that lines the entire interior portion for excellent next to skin comfort. The stiff structure of the heel is compensated by a dual-density collar that provides superior comfort and keeps it from unnecessarily moving.