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New Balance 760 Replacement: the 860

New Balance 760 Replacement: the 860

Posted by Sabrina on October 5, 2011

Alex took a minute today to go over the New Balance 860, the replacement for the New Balance 760.

Hi everyone, I’m Alex Harvey; I’m from, and today I’m going to talk about the mens’ and womens’ 860.

The 860 is replacing the popular 760 model. They’re both mild stability shoes. So those people who are doing a bit of pronating – it’s going to be an ideal shoe for you.

If you take a look at the midfoot there, you’ll see that grey strip. That’s actually a more dense foam that they put in the midfoot to stop you from collapsing to the inside. Those people that aren’t doing any type of pronating are probably going to look at a more neutral-based shoe like an 880 or 1080 model.

But again, with the 860, that type of mild stability, well-structured shoe, if you take a look at the bottom – it has the nice N-durance bottom to it, so it’s a really nice durable shoe, especially on impact, with its combined N-ergy cushioning. So it’s a really well-cushioned model with a nice mesh upper which is going to keep the lightness and breathability in the shoe.

Like I said, for those people that are pronating a severe amount, the 860 may not be the shoe for you. You may want to look at something like the 840, or possibly even a motion control shoe.

But, a fantastic shoe; I really like the “lightweightness” of it this year – it’s been a great shoe for New Balance from the years past and up to here – so I highly recommend it; come check it out.

20 Responses to New Balance 760 Replacement: the 860

  1. Barbara says:

    I have just started running and have been told I have a mild pronation. I have also had a neuroma removed from my left foot which still troubles me. So I need the right shoe but getting conflicting advice. I am told new balance is the better brand but so many different options. What is best?

    • Sabrina says:

      Hi Barbara,

      If you are a mild pronator, I would definitely recommend the 870v3. They have interior support that will help with the pronation, but it is a level only for mild pronation.


  2. Helen says:

    I have been wearing a 760 (D) and previous versions for a few years. Have just moved from the middle east to australia & my feet have changed and so has my running terrain.. I currently take a UK 38 or 7. Shoes are too big.. ! What do you suggest for me? I tried out a 1080vs – loved the weight and action.. felt nice but does it have the support for a mild pronator? was getting shin splints and knee niggles before I took a break.

  3. Michelle Meyer says:

    Hi Nathan,

    I’ve worn NB for years, love them. Since I started fitness walking a few years ago, I’ve developped plantar fasciatiis, I know how to deal with it. But lately I’ve been in more discomfort than in the previous years. I was told that the pad at the bottom of my right foot was worn out.

    Which model would be suitable for this condition.

    I’ve worn 760 in the past, now wearing 860. I was told I needed more support.

    Thank you.

    • Sabrina says:

      Hi Michelle,

      The shoe that you are in is a stability shoe to correct pronation. If you need a shoe with more stability, then the 940v2 will be a more aggressive stability shoe. The issue with stability shoes is you lose some of the cushion that you need when you have plantar fasciitis. My best recommendation would be to try the 840v1 or 840v2. They have a lot of cushioning throughout the entire shoe, so they will benefit the issues you are having the most.


  4. Ashley says:

    Hello –

    I’ve been happy with 760ST for a long time until it was discontinued. What is the best replacement for them in terms of stability and cushioning? Is the 860v2 close to 760’s than plain 860? I’m looking to trying out the v2’s. Any input is well appreciated.


    • Nathan says:

      Hi Ashley – any feedback from customers (and family members I’ve bought 860s for) is that the 860s emphasize support more than cushioning, so their stability (medial post) is going to be more pronounced than the 760s. If you’re looking for a milder stability shoe like the 760s, I’d recommend the 870s, which are a milder stability shoe – more emphasis on cushioning than correction.

      In terms of consistency, the 860 v1, v2, and recently arrived v3s that I’ve tried on have had basically the same amount of support, so there shouldn’t be much variation when choosing among any of the generations. Overall, I’d recommend trying them on at a store that has a treadmill, so you can really test drive them, and making sure that the store has a guarantee that you can exchange them even if you’ve been out for a run in them. Running shoes (particularly stability shoes) see the worst wear and tear of any shoe type, so it can take a few runs to make sure they’re the right pair.

      Hope this helps :)


  5. Malin says:

    I’m looking for a new pair of shoes after the modell 767st… What would you recommend ? I’ve tried a different pair of pronation controlshoes (not NB) and now I have BIG problems with My knees :( I really need an advice, have nerver had any problems with My knees before. Bought the 767 because it sometimes hurts under My feet and they’ve been perfect!!

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Malin – since the 860 is the replacement for the 767, I’d try the 860 first. Most often, when people have knee or joint pain, they’re wearing shoes that are delivering too much pronation control and not enough cushioning. If your knees still hurt when you wear 860s, I’d go to the 870s at that point. I’d recommend you either try the 860s on a treadmill, or get them at a store that allows you to exchange shoes that have been worn outside, as it takes a while to get to know how a pair of shoes will work for you biomechanically.

  6. Susan says:

    Hi Nathan,

    I’m Rob’s wife, and we’ve been wearing the same model for a while, since we met! I was told to try New Balance after a consultation 15 or so years ago because my pinky toes on both feet are misaligned, so I’ve gone for the D-width. I’m of average height and weight. I’m not a runner, although I do stand a lot for my job and try to walk and cross-train. After a few injuries, I have fallen arches, so I wear Powerstep inserts. I also recently switched from 760 to 860v2, which I’ve noticed have tons of mesh around the toes (won’t work for long in winter). I’m looking for warmth and compatibility with my inserts.

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Susan,

      Going to a shoe that will keep your feet warm is definitely going to take you away from the “running” category into a walker or a light hiker. If you only need the width in the forefoot for your toes, I’d recommend something with a shoe last with a wider forefoot – that way you only have the extra width where you need it, which would be good for fit if the rest of your foot actually requires a B width. The shoes I would recommend that you check out are:

      1. The 956, for warmth. They’re a waterproof shoe and great for the winter, and they don’t stand out like a runner at work. If you cross train regularly, though, they’re going to come in a bit heavy.
      2. The 928, for cushioning. They’re probably going to be your all around best shoe for everything: forefoot width, comfortable walking, cushioning while on feet, and of course the leather upper to keep the water out.

      Depending on what you need for work regarding the look of the shoe, I’d lean towards the 928 as an all around great shoe. Both accommodate inserts well; the 928 will have a bit more room for an insert.

  7. Rob says:

    I’ve got wide feet and weight 300lbs, I’m not a runner, but I try to walk/crosstrain as much as possible. New balance has been my choice for over a decade. I’ve worn 769s, 760s in 4E for a long time now, always had adequate cushion and support. The 860v2 does not even feel remotely close. My feet hurt almost immediately, they seem to be stiffer and less padded. What happened?!

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Rob,

      The 860v2 has come out with a fair bit more support / correction than the previous 760, so those who found that they needed some stability – but not a lot – are finding good success with shoes that emphasize cushioning over stability. If you’ve had a gait analysis and you know you need a stability shoe, I’d look towards the 1260, which has more cushioning than last year but still provides some stability. If it’s just the cushioning you need, I’d look toward a more neutral shoe for walking as they’re going to be all about the cushioning rather than gait correction as well. I’m a heavier guy and a 4E as well, and I’ve found I’ve had a lot of success with the 880. Given that you cross train, though, I’d probably have a close look at the 1012 – as a cross trainer, it provides good lateral support for the side to side movements that are most common in the gym.

      TL;DR: if you need the stability, go 1260, if you want great cushioning, go 880; if you’re doing more than just occasional cross training, pick the 1012.

  8. Patricia says:

    I had 760’s and loved them….I have no cartilage left in my big toes, some surgery and use orthotics…the 760’s were perfect. I bought some 860’s and really diliked them from day one….less support, less comfort give me some 760’s!

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Patricia,

      If you wear orthotics in your shoes, I’d actually really recommend going with a pair of 840s. The 840 is built on the SL-2 last, meaning it has a deeper toebox and fits a bit wider, which makes it accommodate orthotics quite well. It’s also got piles of cushioning. Most importantly, it’s a neutral shoe (the foam has the same density throughout), so it won’t be “competing” with your orthotic, where both are trying to provide gait correction.

  9. Jessica says:

    After reading the reviews, I’m scared to try the 860. I have also been wearing the 760s for years and loved them. Wore the predecessor to that shoe as well. 769? And that was great. If the 860 isn’t a good replacement, what is another good option with similar fit/cushion/price range?

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Jessica – I kinda figured some people would be put off the 860 from these questions, but for the vast majority of our customers, they really like the 860. It’s actually our top-selling Stability shoe. I’m pretty sure the reason that some people haven’t been happy about the transition is that the 860 provides a bit more stability than the 760, which was a pretty mild stability shoe. The extra stability comes from a denser foam in the medial post, which provides a bit more gait correction (but consequently a bit less cushioning). Myself, I would still recommend the 860, but I would just suggest you pick it up from a New Balance store like ours, where if it ends up not working out for you, you can bring it back and switch to a different Stability shoe. If that ends up being the case, I would look towards the 1260 (which has a bit more cushioning and a bit less stability than last year), or the 870, which is a very mild stability shoe. Bottom line, best thing to do, if you can, is drop in to one of our stores, and we’ll do a full gait analysis for you and get you set up on the treadmill so you can really try the shoes out.

  10. Josh the old "has been" says:

    Hi Rick/Nathan,

    I loved my 760’s, but tended to break them down a bit quickly (5’10”, 193 lbs.). I’m not sure if I should just go with the 860’s or maybe move to a stronger stability shoe. My training consists of 4-5 miles two out of every three days and I jump in a 5k every once in a while. I’d appreciate any thoughts you have.

    Josh the old “has been”

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Josh,

      If you liked the 760s, I’d recommend starting with the 860s. One trick that works quite well if you’re running a lot and killing shoes quickly is having two pairs and rotating between them. When you run as much as you do, your shoes don’t have much chance to 1) dry out all the way and 2) let the EVA cushioning foam in the midsole rebound all the way.

      One other thing I’d recommend is, if you’re switching up your shoes, trying them out at a store that has a treadmill – both our Robson and Langley stores have one. Particularly if you’re a runner, it really helps to know how well the shoe will work with your running gait, and if there are any potential irritation spots on the shoe.

      Thanks, Nathan

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