The chill is starting to seep into the morning air (well, maybe not this week). Leaves are starting to lose their fight against gravity as they change colors before fluttering down to the ground. Runners grasp pumpkin spice lattes after weekend long runs. That must mean that it's the start of the fall season, which means one great thing for this excited reviewer...
New shoes to talk about!
The first up for the season is the New Balance 860v8. That's right. This tried-and-true stability option gets some nice upgrades as it enters its 8th year.
So what are the things you need to know about this shoe?
* 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 a 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 midfoot plastic shank keeps a slightly snappy feeling in the shoe under your arch.
If I had to pick the best updated feature, I'd give that honor to the upgraded upper material. The 860v8 is still going to be that standard day-to-day training shoe that is reliable straight out of the box.
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Evan Schwartz spends his time running the roads of central Ohio and managing the Short North CRC. When he isn't brainstorming the "next great thing," he is geeking out over all things running shoes.