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: 13.6ozWomen: 11.1oz
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.
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateApr 2016
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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
I feel good when I put these on my feet.
In my opinion, this shoe is very, very comfortable. This is also a great fall, spring and summer shoe.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.