Men's NEW BALANCE® 1226 :: Like to rack up the miles? Get lots of cushioning and support in the updated men's New Balance® 1226 featuring greater heel impact absorption, durable stability, and the best-fitting, most supple upper ever! PL-1 Last - Performance fit. 12.7 ounces
I am 6'3", 220 lbs with one low arch, therefore my shoes have to work hard. I run 6-10 miles, 4-5 days a week. I have run on the NB 1222, 1223, and 1225, and have liked them all. Each was an improvement over the previous, and the 1226 is no exception to that trend. It is very comfortable and seems to provide ample stability both on and off road.
With a 14 2E foot, my choices in a stability plus shoe are limited, but I also run in Asics Kayanos. I have had a pair of both the 122X's and the Kayanos conitnuously for several years, and frequently compare the two. I find this latest NB update to be less rigid than the Asics, with comprarable stability. I find the fit more natural in the heel, though some might find it loose in the toe box.
I retire all of my shoes by 400 miles, and have found the NB 122X's to provide good cushioning to the end, though they tend to show treadwear a little faster than the Asics. My 1225's, for instance, I retired at about 360 miles due to uneven wear around the heels. It is too early to see if these will be more durable.
In general, I continue to love the 122X shoes and this 1226 is my current favorite. While they may not last as long as the Asics Kayanos, they stay comfortable longer, and the biggest test for me, is that I get no additional pains when running in them.
Excellent Running Shoe
This running shoe feels incredibily comfortable-like running on pillows. I'm a heavy runner and the cushion and heal impact absorption is phenomenal. It has great midsole cushioning and excellent support as well. Also, the mesh allows my feet to breath so that they won't heat up, especially running in hot days. It's a very well built, durable running shoe. I would highly recommended it to heavy runners or high mileage runners who are looking for comfort, breathability, and support.
Comfortable durable. Beware of blisters.
I purchased these Max Stability+ shoes based on lengthy research. If I could give them 4.5 stars I would because they felt great on the runs. I put over 200 miles on the shoes before reluctantly exchanging them for the Nike Equalon 4 (very bad choice which I exchanged again for the Brooks Trance 9 so far so good).
Before I go more in depth about the 1226 let me tell you a bit about myself. I am an avid runner. I train for marathons and run commute to work and literally run errands. My weekly average ranges between 25 miles when injured (ITBS, PF and calf strains) to 55 miles at the peak of my marathon training - average around 40 MPW. I run 80% concrete and asphalt and about 20% trail. I heel strike 85% of the time and 15% of my run is a combination of midfoot and ball strike (for sprints and tempo runs). Vitals : male, 35, 5' 6.5", 155 - 165 lbs. My left foot is very flat and heavily pronates whereas my right foot has a medium to high arch and "only" moderately pronates.
I wear a 9.5 in the 1226 and 740s which is true to size. BTW the size fit for the hurricane, the trance and the 1226 are all the same. The listed wt (size 9) for the 1226 is 12.5 oz on one site and 12.7 oz on another site; however, my size 9.5 weighed in at 12.7 oz which was a nice surprise. The 12.7 oz felt light too - I have had lighter shoes that felt heavier than the 1226. I guess that's because the shoe rides so well with a smooth transition. It would be nice if more people would list the exact weights of their reviewed shoes. We need to hold manufacturers accountable on their listed specs. It also helps to know in order to have some sort of weight comparison between models.
The shoes felt wonderful. My nagging plantar fasciitis was almost completely heeled by these shoes, my chronic ITBS never reappeared while ramping up my mileage in preparation for my fall marathon and I didn't get any strained calf problems when doing sprint intervals and tempo runs. BUT I did get a nasty blister on the medial side of my right heel. The blister eventually calloused over which was kind of nice, but blisters formed on top of the existing callous. It may be that the 1226 is not designed for a person with medium to high arches, which might explain the blisters on the inside of my right heel (my right foot having a medium to high arch). My left foot received a similar medial blister; however, it was much smaller. I should note that I only acquired these blisters on my longer runs greater than 15 miles.
On the injury spectrum I would rate these blister very low when compared to injuries like achilles tendonitis, chronic shin splints, ITBS, plantar fasciitis heel spurs. But they just were not quite the right shoe for me, so I gave them a 4 star rating.
The shoes are very durable for a mid framed runner. I put a little over 200 miles on them and they seemed like I was just breaking them in. I'd predict that I could easily get another 300 miles out of them perhaps more. The shoes breathed well and dried surprisingly quickly on my trail runs through creeks and water crossings. On one of my long runs I crossed a small creek about 4" deep; the shoes were pretty much dry within 40 minutes after running through a creek.
If my quest for my perfect running shoe does not prove to be fruitful, I will definitely go back to the NB 1220 series. It is a blessing for runners who are plagued with annoying and chronic injuries.
Up next for review are the Nike Equalon 4 (hated it), the Hurricane (love it so far w. only 20 mi), and the Brooks Trance 9 (love it so far). I'll let you guys know what I think after putting at least 100 miles on the above mentioned shoes.
Cushy but blingy
Bought these to replace my old but wonderful 1221's - and they're very cushy, feels like running on shock absorbers. Am a big guy at 225 and these are very stable and very breathable - especially the front end - you can feel the wind pushing through. Perfect for training and long miles. I got years out of my 1221's and expect the same here (except I'm a bit worried about the rear outside tread - looks like it might wear out fast with a sort of glued-on bottom a la Nike Air, but I'll have to see).
Only real problem with them is stylistic. NBs have never been style icons, but the guy who designed the look of the 1226 should be forced to wear Keds. You can't tell this from the photos, but they're very blingy! I have the red ones, thinking they'd be tastefully dark red and silver and white. Wrong. They're shiny METALLIC red, with METALLIC silver - makes me feel like I should be some sort of rap artist or something. Check them out in person before you buy online so you're not surprised.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM
I've been a faithful NB wearer for more than 20 years. I like the wider toe box, arch support, and durability. I am a woman with a slightly wider foot. I opt for men's shoes instead of women's because I like that there is more room for my foot. I have tried wearing a women's wide shoe, but always veer back to men's (I am told the woman's wide is the same as the men's regular).
I am a faithful walker, street, trail, gym and find NB works best for my feet and body. The NB 1226 is comfortable right out of the box. There is no getting used to anything. They are cut to hit below the ankle and hit your heel perfectly. I purchased the 1224, but brought them back because they didn't even compare to the 1226.
The 1226 breathe and let your foot expand as necessary with your exercise routine. I am training for the Breast Cancer 3-day walk and AIDS Walk and am putting many hours and miles on my shoes...these are up for the challenge. I would recommend the 1226 to anyone who enjoys a comfortable shoe.
Walking for a cause
San Diego, CA
Great shoe, but a lil' short.
Seems to be another great New Balance Shoe. I've been a NB guy for years. Wear and comfort have been great. Also made in the USA.....awesome!!!The only thing I would pick on is the sizing. I usually wear a 13 in my everyday shoes, and have ordered a size 14 in my NB running shoes for several years. This has always worked well and they seem to fit great especially after my feet swell a bit. When I put my new pair of 1226's on out of the box I thought they felt a little short. Wore them around in the house for a few days and decided they were just not sized like some of my previous shoes. I sent them back and ordered a size 15! Wow, never wore a 15 before. It sure took care of my length issue, but they do seem a little "ski like." Almost a little too long. I think they look a little goofy due to the length, but they are super comfortable.
Simple training workhorse
This model of shoe has been a great shoe for training and for general use. Durable shoe that now comes in black for the everyday (i.e. non-gym) use. Excellent wear on the soles to keep it going for months for both running and everyday. I usually by two - 1 for gym and 1 for daily life.
For the runner, it is light enough and has enough give in the ankles without it feeling like you've got Frankenstein boots on. Yet, it is firm enough to give strong support if you've got an inward turn on your pronation for going the distance, i.e. it won't stress your knees with an inward bend. Crucial if you put in over 6 miles/day 7 days a week.
This model is supposedly being replaced. I hope that New Balance is only adding slightly to an already great shoe.
Only give it 4 stars because I have yet to find the perfect (5 star) shoe.
Would buy again
NB fit runs pretty much on size for me. I ordered this in 11.5 2E and have lots of toe box room. At first it felt like to much room but after several runs no problems and my feet feel fine. I can also run NB in the 11.5 D width just fine. But, in the D width I do sometimes feel like I don't have enough room in the toe box. I would give a 5 star but I haven't had them long enough to judge how long they will last. If these are like other NB shoes they should hold up for six months just fine. That's around 350 to 500 miles for me depending on the time of year. Bought two pair so this is my second review on the same product.
American Made Top Shelf Shoe
After years with asics and having them wear out in 200 miles or less, I have finally found a match.I tend to have mild supination and these shoes corrected the problem. Unbelievable comfort and craftsmanship. Very happy that these arrived with the MADE IN THE USA tag. Look great with jeans. I am 5 11 190lbs and these shoes are holding up way better than my kayano16, 2150's and saucony hurricane. Awesome color. Can not say enough about these shoes I will be buying another pair A+++++
So far, so good.
I tried the NB 1226 because I was having a tough time finding shoes that were wide enough. These are my first running shoes, so take the review for what it is worth. On the fit, I usually wear NB sz13 4E and bought these in sz14 4E. The area of the shoe at the balls of the foot up to the toes is the right width but has more room than I expected. Insoles helped this, I will probably get the 2E next time. I haven't run as much as expected due to unrelated knee problems. The time I have run in them has been good, they seem to land/hit fairly softly (naturally) on terrible Illinois roads. Hope this helps.
Would buy again.
NB fit runs pretty much on size for me. I ordered this in 11.5 2E and have lots of toe box room. At first it felt like to much room but after several runs no problems and my feet feel fine. I can also run NB in the 11.5 D width just fine. But, in the D width I do sometimes feel like I don't have enough room in the toe box. I would give a 5 star but I haven't had them long enough to judge how long they will last. If these are like other NB shoes they should hold up for six months just fine. That's around 350 to 500 miles for me depending on the time of year.
I run 3-4 times a week and do strength training 3 times a week, so I expect a lot from my shoes. This is my 4th pair of the same style and I appreciate that each pair has been reliable for miles and different outdoor surfaces. I'm wearing out some of the thread after 8-9 months and also keep two pairs in rotation (in case one is wet or dirty from grass or mud). These shoes never need a break-in period.
I should also disclose that I am a woman running in a men's shoe for the width. Normal shoes are fine, but I find I need the added width for running and this shoe has been great.
Carlee the boot camp runner
all around good shoe
I have two pairs of shoes I alternate from day to day. I wear this pair of shoes predominantly for running. Any surface, where ever the path leads. But I also do lots of cross fit/unorthodox circuit training ranging from sprints to tire flips. And if I happen to be wearing these ones on those days, then so be it. Wide toe box is extra comfy and has excellent arch support. The cushion is excellent and the shoe doesn't feel too heavy. Overall great shoe.
I use this shoe to wear with jeans and shorts. I use it for casual wear and will eventually use it to walk on the treadmill. I also have the 1225 and a blue/white 1226 and wanted a black shoe so I bought this one because the PRICE was right. Road Runner has great prices if you visit their site frequently. I am very excited because they are opening a store in my area-which could be a bad thing too!!
San Jose, CA.
Comfort for the long run
I'm using the NB 1226 for marathon training so I'm putting on a lot of miles per week. I need a shoe that wears well and dries quickly so I like to have a couple pair in rotation.
A couple nice things about the 1226 are the laces and insole. The laces are secure so once they're tied, they stay that way. The insole pulls out after the run to help the shoe to dry quickly.
The 1226 has been a good shoe for me!
Dan can marathon
Best Shoe I've Worn in Years
I have really large narrow feet, so it has been really hard for me to find a running shoe that comes in large sizes that isn't so wide that your feet slop around. This shoe would be better for me if it came in B width but with the D the shoe still hugs my feet and keeps them secure. By far the best running shoe I have worn for comfort in years! Will definitely be buying another pair.
The Tall One
Bring back the 1225
I run about 20 miles a week and am trying to up my mileage to 30 miles a week. I found the arch support to be very good, but the forefoot cushioning was nonexistent. I use replacement insoles and still felt that there was no cushioning in the forefoot. I much preferred the 1225. It seems that whenever New Balance makes a good shoe, that means they have to change it for the worse in the next version. Keep the arch support, but beef up the forefoot cushioning.
great successor to the 1225
The 1226 is a great successor to the 1225. I'm a creature of habit and like shoes that fit well, perform consistently and last well, as I run 30-40 miles a week as a baseline. These are not lightweight racing flats -- but that's not what they're designed to be. These are a critical part of running a fair number of miles consistently and staying injury-free for me.
So far so good.
Just started to get in better shape due to blood pressure and high weight concerns. This shoe was recommended to me for the stability and cushioning for my heavy body weight of 300 lbs.
One of the better pros of the shoe is the excellent traction it provides on slippery treadmills. Very comfortable and stable yet glove like in feel. great shoe for the heavies.
Like the New Balance of Old
This is the best New Balance that I've used in 7 years. I've had these for 2 weeks and run 30 miles a week. I'm 6'1" 275 and also use an arch cushioned support. I've run in the Nike Equalon and Etonic Jepera. Only complaint, I lose a lot of sole rubber on the treadmill, but that might be my running style. Great shoe!
As a big runner (6' 1" and 250 lbs.)I have always found New Balance to be just the ticket to protect my knees and back. Well, this product falls flat and is killing my forefoot because the padding is practically non-existant. I have had inserts with more padding than this shoe. The heel is great and gives me the stability I need but the padding is awol.
Jefferson City, MO
Good solid distance trainer
Bought these to replace my aging Asics 2150s... nice shoe, laces stay tight. Feels a bit chunky; but very comfortable. These are a tiny bit wider than the Asics (12/2E).
On second run, got DRENCHED for 3+ miles... dried fairly quickly.
Yankz (which I love) didn't seem to work with the lacing system; ended up canibalizing an old set of lock laces, which seem a bit better with the lacing system.
10th Consecutive 1/2 marathon on NB 1226
I've been sporting the NB 12xx series for nearly ten years and have thoroughly appreciated with wide option to wear thick socks. I can put these on run 6+ miles and experience no blisters. A perfect fit everytime. The only disappointment is that they war out but when training for 1/2 marathons that is to be expected.
This shoe is what is states
The shoe was as it was described. If you need just heel support, it is great. However, if you also want good forefoot comfort and support and need a motion control shoe the 1012 is your shoe. I am training for an Ironman and putting in a lot of miles. The 1012 is good for long steady runs. The 1226 is more of a speed work shoe..
Forget about your other running shoes!
I am a high mileage runner and this shoe has left me speechless everytime I come back from a long run. It didn't need any breaking in, just put them on and off you go, and later you'll realize that you just ran all these miles and didn't even feel it. Get this shoe.
Costa Mesa, CA
Comfort & looks!!!
As a skeet shooter, I walk a lot and on mostly pavement. I alternate these with 993s. I have previously had 1225s and 992s and the new versions are even more comfortable! I've tried others, but my feet feel best with both the 1226s and 993s after a long day on concrete!
Nice, for Heal Striker
Been in the 1200 Series for ten years. The 1226 for a heal striker will be excellent. I am a mid-foot stiker and the cushion in the fore-foot is not as good as the 1225. I will make a determinations about this shoe for me after a couple more run., The fit is excellent(feels like a Nike), I wear 10 2e 5'9" 160lbs, pace 7:20 for 10k.
Comfort & looks!!!
I'm not a runner, but as a skeet shooter I walk and stand all day on mostly concrete and in the heat of the summer. At 61 these shoes minimize the aches at the the end of the day! I alternate these with 993's. These are better than the older 1225s which I wore out!
Good for the fatman.
Used for marathon training for the past two years. I'm a heavier runner and I don't have any issues with these shoes, they provide plenty of cushioning and last a long time with correct shoe rotation. I was advised to change to these shoes by a podiatrist and haven't looked back. Excellent shoe and well worth the extra bucks.
Too fat to run fast
Great Shoe out of the Box
Had these a couple of weeks. Felt great out of the Box. The Toe box is a little wide but after a few runs it has grown on me. I have used Mizuno and Asic mainly in the past. So far I have to say these are as good as the Mizuno Nirvana 3 I had. Still have to get through a season of Marathon training to see how these hold-up.
Mens New Balance 1226 Running Shoe
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