I know I had listed the Asics Gel Kayano 24 on my Christmas Fitness Wishlist , but after trying on several pairs, I have changed my mind on this occasion. I have broad and flat feet so after much trial and error, I can safely say that Asics and New Balance are my brands of choice. Both these brands have been recommended to me by qualified podiatrists after having my feet analysed, so my shoe collection comprises of both. Please note that this is not a sponsored post, but merely my personal opinion.
So I spent a few hours trying on several pairs of running shoes and eventually narrowed down my choices to the Asics Gel Kayano 24 and the New Balance 860v8.
Firstly, I need to categorically state that I absolutely detest the colours pink and purple and for some unknown reason women’s stability shoes seem to be dominated by these two colours. So when I found a pair of black stabilities , my mind was pretty much made up. The New Balance 860v8 comes in several colours, but I absolutely love the black with touches of pink and turquoise. (Okay so I don’t really mind the touches of pink!!!). The 860v8 is available for men and women and is ranked amongst some of the top stability shoes.
The New Balance 860v is in its 8th year running. New Balance took an already great shoe (860v7) and improved upon it. It is classified as a high mileage stability shoe for moderately pronating runners and walkers. Two essential improvements on the shoe would be the engineered mess upper and a stability post. The 860v8 is considered to be a standard day-to-day running shoe which provides you with responsive cushioning and reliable support.
Product Details (obtained from www.newbalance.com)
- 10 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 10 mm drop are approximate
- Blown rubber outsole
- Dual density midsole
- Engineered mesh
- No-sew details
- Stability post
- Synthetic/mesh upper
- The midsole is made of a material New Balance labels “TruFuse,” which provides a soft but supportive feeling.
- The medial side (under your arch) is more dense foam to provide support.
- The upper material in the shoe gets a fantastic upgrade to mirror the type of mesh used on the 860s neutral counterpart, the 880.
- A mid-foot plastic shank keeps a slightly snappy feeling in the shoe under your arch.
This shoe definitely provides great stability and impressive support which is exactly what I need, seeing as I plan to take my running alot more seriously. It is wide and perfect for my broad feet and makes for an extremely comfy fit. So no more squished, uncomfortable or sore feet. The upper feels soft and provides more breath-ability (based on numerous reviews that I have read). The shoe’s cushioning system delivers a soft and responsive ride. Testers mentioned that the added cushioning in the heel provided a comfortable foot lock down. Seeing that my running style results in my heels taking the greatest impact, the 860v8 seems to be the ideal running shoe for me.
The New Balance 860v8 comes in at a hefty R2400, however as a Discovery Vitality member I have activated my SHOE BOOSTER benefit and plan to work towards getting these babies for free. Just another motivating factor I can most certainly do with. So it’s definitely time to lace up and take them for a run.