- Weight 324g (M) 246g (W)
- Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 10mm
- Type: Road
- Price: £120
A stability shoe with strong support and reassuring heft
- Increased spring and lower weight
- Fresh Foam cushioning added from v10
- Newly designed heel collar
Fans of an old school stability shoe rejoice: they still available to buy if you know where to look, and the 860 is one of the most popular ones still doing the rounds. It might have modern aesthetics but this is a decidedly traditional shoe.
It has a fairly hefty medial post on the inside to stop excessive inward rolling of the foot, which can lead to injury - and this proved a godsend to severe overpronators. It was described as being ‘similar in feel to the Nike Zoom Structure but a bit less heavy and clunky.’
More pep in your step
New Balance has added its ridiculously airy and light FreshFoam cushioning, which we absolutely love. On lighter, faster shoes it has the effect of making you’ve been working on your speed more than that actually have – and even on an otherwise heavy shoe such as this, it provided a decent amount of consistent bounce.
Out testers were also united in their admiration for the responsiveness of the shoe, which provided a quick, smooth ride. Considering this is a shoe designed for longer training runs, heavier overpronators could probably use this for faster stuff too. And considering the outsole is made from blown rubber – considered less durable than carbon rubber - the wear and tear after substantial mileage was minimal.
Try on for size
The only problem with this shoe was with the fit. Wider-footed runners loved the room in the toebox, but lamented that the redesigned heel cup was too snug and rubbed after a few miles. For narrower footed runners the reverse was the case. It’s definitely worth popping to your local speciality running store and slipping a pair on to make sure you have no such issues.
Overall a good multitasker that overpronators can rely on to give them the support they need on everyday training runs.
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