New Balance 1226–($140)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 1, 2010

2010 Fall Running Shoe Review Homepage

As New Balance’s premier stability trainer, the 1226 stands its ground as a structured utility vehicle. It’s stiffer with plenty of shock-dampening qualities and a close fit, and comes in width choices so you can buy the right model for your foot type. The heel hold is quite deep and feels comfortably secure; and the forefoot hold, as might be expected from New Balance, is very comfortable. Our testers like the feel of the tongue and soft encapsulation of their feet. It’s too much shoe, though, for lightweight runners who want something more sleek and flexible for their tempo runs.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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