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A lightweight trainer with excellent road feel, the New Balance 890 v2 features moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.


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The New Balance 890 v2 provides innovative style in a lightweight package. This neutral shoe takes a "less is more" approach with its simple midsole platform and soft seamless upper, for a quick and nimble feel on the road. Works great for uptempo days and as a lightweight daily trainer. 

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Weight: 9.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (28mm), Forefoot (20mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How it fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved

Assembly: Imported


The 890 v2 is a moderate feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for daily training and high mileage.


  • ABZORB is a full-length, top-of-the-line midsole foam for great durability and improved cushioning.
  • RevLite is an innovative foam compound that provides lightweight, responsive cushioning.    
  • Open Mesh covers the majority of the upper for lightweight breathability.
  • No-Sew upper materials are soft, supple and hold the foot securely on the platform.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length ABZORB foam, for enhanced cushioning and a soft underfoot feel.
  • Blown rubber in the forefoot increases cushioning and responsiveness.


  • PL-1 Natural is a running-specific last with a standard heel and forefoot width and a standard toe-box height. This last is built to closely follow the natural shape of the human foot.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I got a normal width version, fits nicely. Has moderate cushioning and great feel. Still haven't tried over a long run.
From: Venkat, KY, USA

Comments: Excellent all around shoe and a good value. The cushioning is just what I like - neither stiff no squishy. I put them on and don't notice them or think about them until I take them off. 
From: Dave, Central CT

Comments: Well cushioned, light enough to feel nimble.  Ankle padding is great the shoe feels very secure on my foot.  The tongue is also well padded which makes the whole ankle area feel really nice.  Sizing seemed accurate.  I like the low arch as it does not intrude.  Toe box volume seems fine to me, particularly the width is nice.
From: Frank, Danville, Ca

Comments: I've logged almost 300 miles in these shoes.  They are fantastic.  Excellent fit and durability.  Have started seeing wear in only the last 75 miles or so.  Will be purchasing again.  I am relatively new to running and was lucky to have gotten great fitting and advice from my local retailer.
From: Alan, Marietta, Georgia

Comments: Bought 10.5 and got a 2e becaue NB offers it and it fit better.  Shoe felt good and cushioning ok but i recentlly purchased NB insole and it has been an improvement.   Main concern now is how well it will hold up.   Previously had been wearing nimbus.
From: skip, alabama

Comments: The fit of this shoe is very nice.  The low toe volume is a valid concern.  I would watch out wearing socks that have a seam on the top of the toe with these shoes.  The light weight is great for a daily trainer.  My only critique of this shoe is that the tread is very soft and wears down quickly.  I am a heavy forefoot striker and tend to wear shoes out quickly anyway, but I have only gotten 50 miles or so in these and am getting close to the foam.  Great road grip, like Tony mentioned below, but they do wear quickly.    
From: Jeff, Lewisville, TX USA

Comments: Maybe the best daily trainer I've ever worn. Many are concerned about the low toe volume. I will say that when I first tried these on they indeed felt snug on the tops of my toes but once you start running this becomes a non-issue and in fact is a stability feature of sorts that I like. The width is average in the forefoot and midfoot. The Revlite midsole material is perfect in terms of a "just right" amount of cushion. Not a pillow like many Asics shoes and not an hard plank like some of Mizuno's models tend to be. The upper is the real home run that NB hit with this shoe. Soft, seamless, snug but not constricting at all with the heel collar and tongue never getting in the way. I'd 
run sockless in these the upper is so well constructed. The 8mm drop is a nice sweet spot for a daily trainer and the lightness of the shoe is fantastic. I really hope they stick with the 8mm and don't go to 4mm in the next iteration of the shoe. The ride is smooth as butter from midfoot to forefoot if a little on the less responsive side. I'd say my only knock on this shoe is that the outsole rubber is quite soft. While this makes for fantastic road grip, I wonder how long it will last. Other than that - a 10/10 in my opinion. Don't change a thing NB!
From: Tony, Austin, TX, USA

Comments: Great shoe! Better fit than the original. One of the best fitting shoes I've ever worn.  It's perfectly snug without any pressure points.  I've never experienced a shoe that tightens so evenly. I wear the same size as I usually do in other running shoes.  Some complain about it being long and having a low volume forefoot.  For me, it's appropriately wide to allow splay, yet, the lack of extra room top-to-bottom allows for a performance fit which is unusual for a shoe with this amount of forefoot width.  The ride is ultra smooth.  It's a great balance between protective cushioning and responsive firmness.  Maybe it's a tad bit soft for my taste.  But, it's firming up with each run so I suspect the softness is due to the insole, not the midsole.  Loving running in it at all paces!
From: Anonymous

Comments: Love the heel-toe drop. Love the lightness. Cushioning feels good. But the toe box is so low! My feet are by no means high volume. I ordered my regular size, the length was good, but I wouldn't feel comfortable running significant miles in shoes that allowed very little wiggle room. It's not narrow, per se, but just very low. 
From: Lynn, Indiana USA