The 860 has been one of the best-performing stability shoes in the New Balance running shoe line. The KJ860 for children features the same open mesh upper (for its breathability and comfortable fit), with a few materials substitutions to improve durability. The midsole employs the same shaping and geometry as the adult version for stability and cushioning, but features a two-density midsole without the rubbery N-ERGY inserts, which would be little used by the much lighter child-sized runners. The outersole uses a more durable rubber compound over much of the sole, with fewer flex grooves and some extra stitching in the toe cap to extend the life of the shoe. Overall, the performance has been replicated for younger runners to enjoy.
$60 ($100 Adult)
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feel with mild to moderate overpronation
Shape: semi-curved Construction: Strobel slip-lasted
Sizes: children 10.5–13.5; youth 1–7 (M, W widths)