Verdict from 7.2 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • Even after a few strides, most of the runners have noted how stable the New Balance 940 v2 is.
  • The 940 v2 is packed with some of New Balance’s most popular and reliable stability features.
  • It is slightly lighter and more flexible than the original model.
  • New Balance incorporates the N2 cushioning in the heel area to provide better shock absorption and cushioning in this part of the shoe.
  • The inclusion of the T-beam shank in this version enhances the overpronation control measures of the shoe.
  • The cushioning has gone up a couple of levels better, according to those who have compared this version and the original.
  • The New Balance 940 v2 is not clunky on the road based on the comments of several users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The arch support and overpronation control measures is a bit too prominent for slight overpronators.
  • Most reviewers noted that the shoe runs big overall.

Bottom line

New Balance cranks up the overpronation control measures of the 940 v2 that slight overpronators may find it too jarring. Moderate overpronators get a heavy dose of arch support and a bit of flexibility in the shoe without going all the way to motion control shoes.

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Expert reviews:

  • 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.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as New Balance 940 v4.

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How 940 v2 compares

This shoe: 93
All shoes average: 86
53 98
This shoe: $120
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 12oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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