After The Revolution: Fall 2012 Running Shoe Review

Editor’s Pick, Most Stable: New Balance 870 V2, $110

9.9 oz.; 8.1 oz.

Fit: Featuring a snug fit from the heel through to the toebox, the 870 V2 will fall into favor with runners who have anything but a wide foot. A couple of testers remarked about the lower-than-usual cut around the ankle and the higher-than-usual back tabs behind the Achilles.

Feel: The 870 V2 is a modern lightweight stability shoe (lighter than many neutral shoes) and is much more agile than old-school stability models. Mild to severe overpronators will like the built-in support underneath their feet as well as the ample amount of soft cushioning and more subdued heel (8 mm heel-toe drop).

Ride: Our wear-testers pegged this shoe as a good all-around stability shoe— sturdy and cushioned enough for long-distance running, yet light, agile and responsive enough for faster workouts. (The shoe has a fairly flexible forefoot, which allows for excellent propulsion at toe-off.) Midfoot and heel strikers who overpronate will enjoy the smooth transition from back to front of the 870 V2.


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