By redefining what a Neutral shoe can be, the 890 has been a game-changer for New Balance. Version 4 has undergone a transformation, both visually and structurally, along with a few updates. The upper is a closed mesh, with most of the fabric supported by no-sew overlays.
Synthetic suede overlays at the heel, archband, and toe lend additional support. Much of the old structure has been removed so the shoe conforms better to the foot. A bit more memory foam in the ankle collar ensures an excellent fit. The upgraded midsole geometry has a bit more toespring to roll better with the foot, while keeping the 8mm heel-to-toe drop, which has been one of its strengths. A thermoplastic plate under the Strobel board distributes the forces more evenly throughout the sole, and a two-part design of pods under the heel adapts to varying footstrikes, effectively smoothing the touchdown. The outersole makes liberal use of blown rubber, which encircles a core of more durable rubber in the highest-wear portions.
Testers: “This shoe looks fun with its bright color, but it also delivers a cushiony ride, low weight for a training shoe, and great feel of what is underfoot, thanks to the modular sole.”
Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 (B,D,2E,4E); Women 5–11,12 (2A,B,D)
Weight: 9.6 oz. (men’s 11); 8.0 oz. (women’s 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics