For those runners out there that suffer from having an unnatural gait, overpronation or general mobility issues, the New Balance range has always been an important port of call to consider due to their often robust and well cushioned designs. The New Balance M940V2 is no different in this regard. It is a solid, a well designed shoe with excellent cushioning abilities that will greatly aid your running ability and stance if you are a beginner or intermediate runner with a lack of natural ability.
The New Balance M940V2 fits right in with the rest of the new balance range in terms of appearance. Whilst it is far from the sleekest shoe design out there and one or two of the materials look a bit odd when placed next to each other, this is a shoe that is still visually appealing for the most part. The two key color schemes available are Steel and an attractive Velocity Red and they do tend to limit your viewing of some of the slightly less aesthetically pleasing areas of the shoe.
The integral design of the upper is much more satisfying than the overall appearance. New Balance has utilized a good range of lightweight materials throughout the shoe, especially the overlay for the toe box that sees the company use their patented material overlay to provide you with good circulation throughout the shoe, even in the warmest conditions. The supporting cradle for the foot, comprising of the walls of the New Balance M940V2 is also incredibly supportive of most foot types, not being overly tight and causing rubbing. For those who do suffer from overpronation, this is an important factor to consider as it will severely reduce the uncomfortable nature of most other shoe types.
The material utilized on the insole of the New Balance M940V2 is also excellent at offering support. Combined with the cushioning effects of the shoe, it allows for a good range of control to be achieved throughout the acceleration and strike cycle whilst also being cushioning enough for the eventual end strike.
The sole of the shoe is obviously an area where New Balance has paid a lot of attention. Some previous New Balance designs aimed at those who overpronate came into trouble when it came to having a suitable outsole design in particular, but this is addressed in the M940V2. There is a T beam installation throughout the midsole of the foot, whilst at the forefront there are grooves cut into the shoe that help with both the flexibility and overall usability greatly. The outsole itself is blown rubber, to help with juddering impacts and overall stability throughout the strike.
At the heel, N2 technology it utilized to give a highly cushioned and supportive ride. Stabilicore technology is also used to ensure that your ride is smooth and hassle free, which lends to a much better running experience.
The sole of the New Balance M940V2 is some 34mm raised off the floor, which may make it sound a little bulky but this means that it provides excellent cushioning, especially for those with flat feet. The medial arch support is well placed to ensure your foot is not overly compressed or extended, and the sole with the N2 technology gives excellent stability and overall cushioning throughout the strike.
The flexibility of the M940V2 is not the best you will find, but this is partially why the shoe is so popular with those who are flat footed and thus struggle with overly flexible shoes with little control. The grooves at the front of the shoe aid the flexibility greatly, whilst the midsole with the arch provides good flexibility. The ride may be a little stiff, but by and large, it is more than acceptable.
- For those who are flat footed, this is an ideal shoe for you to have
- Excellent stability and overall control thanks to the sole design
- Highly breathable and flexible upper
- Good outsole and general support for overpronators and heavy runners
- Not the most visually striking shoe
- Ride may be a little stiff for some
The New Balance M940V2 is an excellent shoe for those who do not find running comes naturally to them, with excellent cushioning and sole control that gives you excellent range over your strike and pronation stance. It does appear a little dull though, even when new. I hope that this New Balance M940V2 review has been helpful.