Who should buy the New Balance 608 v4

The New Balance 608 v4 is a cross-training shoe designed to deliver stability and comfort. It is a solid choice if:

  • You have a wide foot profile.
  • You are looking for a shoe suitable for everyday use in addition to gym workouts. 

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Enhanced outsole traction

The New Balance 608 v4 employs a non-marking outsole that does not leave streaks on gym, studio or indoor court floors. The rubber compound is durable and flexible to accommodate the natural bending of the foot. It extends to the front of the shoe and serves to protect the toe area against abrasions.

Flex grooves are found in the forefoot area. They add flexibility to the sole unit while the tread pattern increases the surface area to enhance traction of the rubber.

New Balance 608 v4 Outsole

Full-length supportive base

The New Balance 608 v4 employs two technologies to deliver cushioning, the IMEVA and the ABZORB. The IMEVA is firm but has enough flexibility to accommodate the natural bending of the metatarsals.

As for the ABZORB, it is a proprietary foam-based polymer that distributes the force from the point of impact and decreases the shock felt by the lower extremities. This full-length material works in conjunction with the IMEVA to deliver a supportive and comfortable base.

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The shoe also utilizes an EVA foam footbed. This material serves to cushion the impact as well as keeping the foot comfortable. EVA is lightweight, resilient and durable.

In between the midsole and the footbed is an internal shank. It reinforces the arch area, making sure that the bending occurs in the forefoot area. This structure prevents injuries or pain in the middle of the foot.

New Balance 608 v4 Midsole

Breathable upper

The shoe uses leather as the primary material to deliver structured support in the upper unit. The breathability and heat dissipation are ensured by the perforations and the mesh tongue.

New Balance 608 v4 Upper

Anti-irritation collar

The collar features two foam structures for different purposes. The foam that comes in contact with the ankle is soft to prevent irritation while the other one is firmer and serves to support the ankle.

New Balance 608 v4 Collar

Snug lacing system

The traditional lace-up closure uses round laces pass to keep the foot securely inside. The plush tongue has a slot on top of it where the laces are threaded and prevents it from moving out of place while in use.

New Balance 608 v4 Lacing system

Lightweight liner

The trainer uses a Phantom Liner to cover the inside of the upper. It is a smooth and lightweight fabric that prevents chafing as it hides the seams of the foot chamber.

New Balance 608 v4 Lining2

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 402.5g / Women 317.5g
Drop: 10mm
Update: New Balance 608 v5
Use: Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Width: Normal, X-Wide / Normal
Features: High drop
Collection: New Balance 608

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Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.