SHOE REVIEW: New Balance 860v6

by James Fletcher, Marathon Sports staff member

CPgbhSFWIAAoKtjIt didn’t take long into my very first run with the New Balance 860v6 to realize that it is a much different experience than the typical moderate support running shoe. I have been running in stability shoes for the past 12 or so years, and have had my fair share of fits and feels. I’ve had lightweight shoes that didn’t offer quite enough support, and I’ve had high-cushioned shoes that felt like bricks.

The 860v6 is the first supportive shoe I’ve experienced that is able to combine these features – lightweight AND stable – that are sought after by serious and casual runners alike.

At first I IMG_3346was worried about the fit of the shoe, especially because I have a narrow, low volume foot. I expected the shoe to feel a bit baggy compared to my current trainer, the Adidas Adistar Boost. However, even though it certainly does provide more room than I’m used to, it feels remarkably secure. The roomy, flexible upper provides me an almost nonexistent feel during the run – especially in later stages when foot swelling is at its maximum.

Under my foot, the shoe feels even better. It’s firm enough to provide some response during faster runs, and cushioned enough to absorb the higher impact of longer sessions. Any concern I had about the shoe compromising support in order to provide a lightweight feel went out the window the first time I took it on a long run. The shoe felt as natural and supportive during mile one as it did during my last mile, and it has definitely become a shoe I plan on spending many more runs with.

IMG_3078In comparison to this shoe’s predecessor (860v5), a few things have changed:

  • The heel-to-toe offset has gone from 12mm to 10mm, providing a more natural transition
  • The upper is much more accommodating, yet – as I mentioned earlier – is nearly invisible on the foot

This shoe comes in lighter than its comps – at 10.2 oz for men and 8.7 oz for women, the 860v6 is lighter than the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 or Saucony Hurricane ISO.

This shoe is perfect for a runner with a high volume foot (e.g. a high instep or wider midfoot) who needs stability, but it can definitely fit a wide variety of foot shapes. If it’s a super plush cushiony feel that you’re after, you might look elsewhere, but I would definitely urge any overpronator to give this shoe a try.

The New Balance 860v6 is available in mens size 8-13 and women’s size 6-11 in all Marathon Sports locations.