New Balance 860 v6

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New Balance 860 v6 Review Facts

New Balance knows how to make a quality stability shoe. This model is certainly no different. The New Balance 860 v6 is a sturdy shoe that is willing and ready to put in long miles with you. An ideal running partner for the overpronator, the New Balance 860 v6 can offer you the stability, support, and cushioning you need without adding too much additional weight. The durable outsole made of carbon rubber makes this shoe a long lasting option, and with a price tag that comes in under one hundred dollars, it is hard to find something to dislike about this shoe. This model also offers a unique look that slightly strays away from the classic look of the tradition New Balance design. It is sure to get your attention (the good kind!) while you’re out building that mileage.

This shoe comes equipped with new technology that provides relief to joint pain, an improvement to your stride, and light weight cushioning. All of these features come to you by way of an American made product that you can feel good about supporting.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfort and Weight - This shoe offers a unique combination of added cushioning without adding excessive weight. This shoe weighs in at 10.2 ounces which is lower than many other stability shoes on the market.
  • Breathability - The breathable mesh upper keeps your keep dry and cool even on long, hot runs
  • Long runs - Speaking of long runs, this is the ideal shoe that can take you on your long marathon training runs. Because of the carbon rubber outsole, it will also hold up against your training too.
  • Stability - This shoe is a stability powerhouse. It utilizes technologies that are specifically designed to help the runner stop overpronating and correct their gait. Heavier runners and runners with a wide foot especially love this shoe.
Cons
  • Be prepared for a bit of a 'breaking-in' period with these shoes. Runners reported that the shoes caused blisters on the first few runs, but once they were broken in, they found these shoes very comfortable.
  • Sizing can be an issue with these shoes. If you are purchasing them online, consider going a size smaller than you usually buy. Runners reported that these shoes run smaller than their other New Balance running shoes.
  • The size and weight of this shoe keep it out of the fast racing show. Athletes loved it as a shoe to complete their long runs in or even as a shoe that was ideal for their daily wear, but not one that they would use for speedwork.
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Positive
  • Really like the crash pad made from EVA foam in these shoes, for me the shock absorbing level is perfect., I run 25 miles each week, this shoe is not hard on my feet and gives very good support, my foot size is 9.2 ( 2E ) and the fit is perfect. I use these just for running.
  • I wanted a forward moving shoe and this shoe works, I like the thicker heel which aids lateral movement and helps me push forward, just about the right cushioning and when upping the speed I like the stability in this shoe. I find the toebox area of these shoes perfect for my toes, no pinching in the way some others shoes do.
  • I have narrow feet and often struggle with many shoes being too wide but these are an exact fit with means I get the needed structural support and my feet don't slip sideways while I run. Really appreciate the level of medial support. Five months of using these and no complaints.
  • Once I had figured out the sizing system I found I had got the most comfortable shoe in terms of width, for the medial support I checked the color coding to ensure I made the right choice. The shoe runs perfectly for me and I put in easily 30 miles every week. Very satisfied.
  • A bit heavy but in return really very comfortable, I weight 240 pounds so I need a robust strong type of running shoe, I can tell you that this shoe is good, I have used it in two triathlons and it was superbly good.
  • With these shoes I’m able to forget about supports for my flat feet, the support and comfort are just what I need, done a lot of running and these are working for me. This shoe is tighter around my toes but no issues.
  • Three months in and the support, fit and cushion are nice, I use a 14N so I made sure I got the width sizing accurately, the shoes show very little wear so far and I'm very pleased with these.
  • I have always met width problems when I choose running shoes, I found with balance the ideal shoe for me, its 2E, perfect for my feet, lots of comforts, nice strong support and the shoe keeps my feet cool. These are 4 stars for comfort I like the fit.
  • I have noticed these are lighter than the earlier version and the sole is more robust, I do a lot of treadmills and it turns out that these shoes are perfect. These shoes grip nicely and a lot less pounding and more natural glide
  • I buy this line for my son, his feet are difficult for fit, very bony and narrow, mesh upper shoes work best for him. He does a lot of long distances and so I got the size E for him and these are really right for him. I can advise others that these shoes are perfect if you take the time to choose the right fit.
Negative
  • The shoe feels far bulkier than the previous model and this is not so comfortable as my feet are narrow. I ended up with blisters for my early runs while breaking in the shoe. The biggest problem with these shoes is getting the right sizing. For me these are really not comfortable for pavement running, they don’t soak up shock enough for me.
  • The quality for this line of shoes is starting to slip. The toe box is clearly smaller and not comfortable while running, okay at first but after a few miles, I can feel the pinch around my toes. Surprisingly, the laces are much to short to be practical.
  • Something changed with the support, it’s a lot less in these updates. The sizing was very confusing and I know that these are too wide for my feet, only a little too wide but enough to feel uncomfortable.
  • Right away, toe space issues tried a prolonged breaking in for the shoe but it really started to make my feet ache too much. I like the construction and the shape but they really don’t work for my feet at all.
  • I took advice, got the D width pair but still the wrong fit, the sizing system for these shoes it totally confusing, it really is hit or miss to get the exact size. The toe box is too confining and I can’t move my toes, after a few miles my toes lose all feeling. Back in the box for these.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

New Balance follows in the footsteps of many other successful shoes by making an outsole out of a durable rubber. In this case, New Balance uses their patented Ndurance. One of the perks of this outsole is that regardless of what a wet or dry surface, you can feel confident that you are slip-proof because of the added traction. It also provides added cushioning but keeps the responsiveness of the shoe so you still feel connected to the road. Some New Balance models utilize a blown rubber in their outsole, and while there are pros to that material, the carbon rubber of the 860 v6 is much more durable and holds up against high mileage.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The design of the midsole of this shoe is great for a runner who tends to overpronate and is looking for help on improving their stride. This shoe uses ACTEVA LITE foam in the midsole. The midsole's design is also great for reducing stress and possible injury by adding extra shock absorption in the heel. This is an additional foam found in the midsole that adds a second level of durability and adds extra cushioning during heel strike. Runners reported that they loved the shock absorption this shoe offers, and many reported feeling less pain in their knees and hips because of it.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of this shoe is constructed using a pliable mesh material that snugly conforms to fit the foot. In addition to the breathable mesh, New Balance added improvements to the upper to increase the overall comfort of the shoe. One of these features is an improved padded neoprene tongue. This feature holds the laces in place and improves comfort while also giving extra support.
Weight
Weight

Weight

This shoe is definitely considered a stability shoe, but it weighs less than some of its other stability brethren. At 10.2 ounces, this shoe is certainly lighter and more flexible than other stability shoes on the market. If you are looking for mild stability and support, but you don't want a shoe that will weigh you down, this may be a great choice for you.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The upper is made of a breathable mesh that keeps the foot dry and cool and affords the runner maximum flexibility. Although the material is highly pliable and breathable, it still fits the foot snugly, giving the shoe a glove like feel. The inside of the shoe comes equipped with the ORTHOL LITE sock liner that is specifically designed to cradle the foot but maintain a cool temperature. Runners commented that it greatly reduced the amount of hot spots they experienced on runs.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

One of the key elements that makes a shoe comfortable is the level of dryness is can offer you on your runs. Many reviewers agreed that the New Balance 860 v6 kept their feet dry and comfortable even during long, hot runs. In addition to the breathability and dryness provided by this shoe, it also comes equipped with Ortholite Premium insoles to add extra cushioning for your arches.
Style
Style

Style

For some of us, the bright colors and flashy style of a new running shoe gives us as much joy as crossing the finish line. If you fall in this category, the unique details, colors and overall aesthetic of these shoes will speak to you. It is important to note that some slim footed runners felt that the added bulk of these shoes didn't look great on the slender feet.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This shoe receives high marks for durability. This model of New Balance uses a carbon rubber in the outsole which is known for its durability. In addition to this, the midsole is made using two different types of foam to extend the life and cushioning of the shoe. One runner even reported that she has been wearing these shoes daily for an entire year and is just now starting to see minor wear on the outsole. With a price tag under one hundred dollars, these shoes practically pay for themselves.
Protection
Protection

Protection

This shoe uses some great technology to reduce joint pain through shock absorption. One unique feature is the ABZORB crash pad which is specifically designed to reduce stress and injury. Additionally, the midsole uses a combination of shock absorbing foam. This shoe has also been suggested for heel-strikers. If you are a heel-striker, you are probably overstriding. Over time, this could cause injury, and this shoe does a good job of supporting heel-strikers as it works to improve running form,
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This shoe has an average heel drop of 12 mm so you shouldn't expect to have a minimalist feel. With that being said, there is a technology called Ndurance that is used in the outsole to help absorb shock and give the runner a very responsive experience.
Support
Support

Support

This shoe offers you extra cushioning and support, however, many runners commented that this extra padding and support comes with a bulkier look and feel. This is not a deal breaker at all. Many runners will gladly take the added bulk for the added comfort. It depends on the individual running needs of each athlete.

As mentioned above, this shoe has a stylish upper and overall look for the runner who is a fan of fashionable running shoes, but the ascetic of these shoes does more than just look good. Strategically placed overlays on the upper wrap your feet with added support to give you a secure feeling during your runs and reduce friction and chafing.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The New Balance 860 v6 is your classic road running shoe. This shoe is not designed for off road running. If off road running your interest, there are plenty of amazing shoes out there for you, but this is not the one.
Price
Price

Price

These are affordable running shoes. While the average price of running shoes in America has risen to one hundred and fourteen dollars since 2010, you can find these shoes for around or just under one hundred dollars, since they have been discontinued. Add to this the fact that many runners raved about the long lasting durability of these shoes, and it is easy to see how these shoes are good for your feet and your wallet.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Because of the design and material of the outsole, the New Balance 860 v6 provide reliable traction on wet or dry surfaces. It is New Balance's Ndurance outsole that gives the shoe this added feature. While these are not the shoes to accompany you on an intense off road excursion, they will help you stay safe and stable on soggy runs.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

While the mesh upper gives the runner a pliable, flexible feel, runners have reported that the dual foam of the midsole and the carbon rubber of the outsole make for a less flexible underfoot experience. This is by no means a deal breaker, and many runners are happy to trade a less flexible underfoot for the added cushioning, stability and support that the technology of the midsole and outsole afford the runner.
Stability
Stability

Stability

New Balance knows how to make a good stability shoe. This one is certainly no exception. The New Balance 860 v6 uses a combination of technologies, like a supportive plastic bridge below your arch and a wide, flared-out sole, to help the runner who is looking to control their gait and prevent themselves from overpronation. This shoe is popular for the overpronators who need more stability and for runners who tend to be heel strikers looking to improve their stride. One fo the technologies employed by this shoe is the Medial Post of the midsole. This feature found in the midsole to correct overpronation. Additionally, this shoe uses an Asymmetrical Heel Counter which keeps your heel securely in place during runs and also addresses the issue of overpronation.
Drop
Drop

Drop

When we talk about 'heel-drop' in the running community, we're talking about the difference in height between where the heel and the forefoot sit on the footbed of the shoe. A traditional heel drop is 12 mm, and that is exactly what you'll find in the New Balance 860 v6 shoe. Don't expect to get the feel of a zero drop shoe with this model! The standard drop of these shoes makes them a good choice for runners who are used to a more tradition feel. Runners who are logging their miles on longer runs appreciated the added stability of these shoes.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- The outsole of this shoe is made with New Balance's patented Ndurance technology. This technology gives the shoe excellent traction and high durability.
- ACTEVA LITE midsole foam adds cushioning without adding unwanted weight.
- ABZORB Crash Pad midsole foam helps absorb the impact of each heel strike and reduces hip and knee pain.
- This shoe adds extra comfort to each stride through the addition Ortholite Premium insole.
- The unique color combinations and style make this an aesthetically pleasing shoe for the running fashion guru.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This an overall great shoe. For the runner who is looking to correct their gait, the New Balance 860 v6 utilizes technology to address the issue of heel strike runners and overpronators. Add to this the dual foam of the midsole, the breathable mesh of the upper, and the added features like the ORTHOLITE sock liner and the padded tongue and you get a cushioned, smart running shoe that is great for logging those long miles. Runners appreciated the high level of durability and the moderate price tag of this shoe. Plus, we can't forget that New Balance shoes are an American made brand, so you can feel great about supporting them!