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 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.

Price
$165
Weight
Men: 13.6oz
Women: 11.1oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 12mm
Women: 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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • The return of the 990 series features a mix of breathable mesh and durable pigskin in the upper unit.
  • Many of those who tried the New Balance 990v4 appreciated the lace keeper, which was meant to secure the laces and keep the tongue in place.
  • Medial underfoot support is handled by the ENCAP® mid-sole technology.
  • Many testers generally lauded the reliable durability of this series and that praise continues on with this new version.
  • Runners with wide or narrow feet can get a pair that will suit their preferences.
  • Though sporting a very expensive price, the 990v4 enthralled many runners because of its high quality and long lasting performance.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the complaints about this shoe were directed at its bulky look, which made runners’ feet look awkwardly big.
  • It was too stiff for athletes who wanted to get more flexibility for their feet.
  • Some runners didn’t like the bland, gray color scheme that has become the main feature of this series.
  • It has a moderately heavy weight.

Bottom line

The oldest New Balance running shoe has been updated. Though sporting only subtle changes, this new version provides exceptional comfort, mid-foot stability and durable protection that can last a long time. It’s a great choice for performance trainings and exercises.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 745 ratings

5 star
76%
4 star
13%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by PAT is DOPE • PAT is DOPE • Level 1 expert

    I feel good when I put these on my feet.

  • 84 / 100 by Chrack • Chrack • Level 1 expert

    In my opinion, this shoe is very, very comfortable. This is also a great fall, spring and summer shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by Sneaker News • Sneaker News • Level 1 expert

    Retaining the original pigskin and suede as the previous releases and also once again Made in the USA, the v4 benefits from a slightly slimmed down design with more breathability and an improved ENCAP stabilized sole unit for increased medial support.

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Updates to New Balance 990 v4

  • Breathability was a standard in the 990 series and it continues on in the 4th version. New Balance has actually made the mesh material for this one 30% more open and breathable than the one used for the 990v3. The 3M Reflectivity feature has been added to the overall silhouette, making sure that the shoe is visible in low lighting conditions.
  • The shoelaces can be looped through a lace keeper on the tongue, which is actually meant to keep the tongue in place. This mechanic prevents the tongue from slipping to the side and making the runner feel uncomfortable.
  • New Balance wanted this model to look much like the 1st version of the series, so the overall look has been made to mimic the original 990 running shoes. The “N” logo design has even been stripped down from the current reflective and colorful design to a more streamlined design scheme in order to evoke the simplicity that was the beginnings of the brand itself.
  • The improved ENCAP® sole unit has been engineered to provide additional medial mid-foot support for those who need additional stability.

New Balance 990 v4 size and fit

The 4th version of the New Balance 990 has a standard running shoe length, which means that anyone can get the size that they want and be satisfied with it. It comes in a variety of widths, from narrow to standard to wide. It can accommodate a variety of foot shapes and runners will be able to acclimate well to the measurements.


Outsole

The outsole unit of this running shoe features Blown Rubber. This material is durable enough and it provides traction over the roads and the mild trails. It is also responsive, so it adds some cushioning whenever it is needed


Midsole

The ENCAP® mid-sole technology was made with the lightweight and resilient ACTEVA LITE foam and a Polyurethane rim, which adds durability. For the 990v4, this stability sole unit has been reconfigured to deliver increased support for the medial mid-foot section, reducing the rate of over pronation.

The mix of EVA and Polyurethane in the mid-sole extends the lifespan of this unit. These materials are of high quality and they do not easily succumb to wear or breakage, so runners can get more performance for a long time when it comes to this model.


Upper

Mesh material covers the entire upper of the 990v4. This fabric isn’t even as closely woven or restricted as before. It has a slightly more open construction, leading to a well-ventilated and more comfortable experience for the wearer.

Pigskin leather covers the mesh material. It’s a strong leather that can withstand time and activity. It acts as an overlay system which assists in adjusting the fit to the preference of the wearer. Runners can be assured that the upper unit will last longer because of the high quality components that are featured in it.

The improved tongue design features a lace keeper, a tab that the shoelaces can loop into. It’s meant to secure the tongue and help it stay in place, thus reducing the risk of the tongue slipping to the side and affecting the comfort and efficiency of the wearer.