The 860 has been a stable and reliable platform for runners with a preference for the fit and feel of New Balance stability shoes. Version 3 continues with that mission, continuing to nudge the technology and execution of successful production.
The upper features a slightly smaller mesh, still breathable, and accommodates the updated overlays in the midfoot saddle - which are a bit more supportive than in version 2. The firm midsole is not fundamentally changed though the tooling has been altered, as usual, but the second density medial sidewall continues to provide the same support and stability, and the crashpad provides the same benefit as before - geometry designed to keep the foot and shoe lined up. The outersole is Ndurance carbon rubber in the heel with blown rubber in the forefoot - a proven combination for durability and a touch of extra cushion up front. The upshot is the 860 continues in the New Balance line as a supportive, stable shoe that can stand up to the punishment of an overpronating foot.
Testers: “These shoes fit perfect. They had enough toe room, and I have not developed any blisters. They are very comfortable while I run, and my feet feel fine after a long run.”
Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 (B,D,2E,4E); Women 5–11,12 (2A,B,D)
Weight: 12.3 oz. (men’s size 11); 10.6 oz. (women’s size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, PU Strobel board
Recommended for: low to medium-arched feet with mild to moderate overpronation