Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe

Men's New Balance 1012

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Men's NEW BALANCE® 1012 :: Known for incredible cushioning and pronation-taming motion control, the updated men's New Balance® 1012 now features Stabilicore® support and N-ergy shock absorption for your smoothest ride yet. SL-2 Last. 14.9 ounces

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MOTION CONTROL+ [?]
Get the maximum support and maximum cushioning you need to feel strong and stable as you rack up the miles. Enjoy ideal low-arch support with Motion Control+ shoes to help overcome overpronation and guide your feet comfortably. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Stabilicore: A medial support system that provides an extremely smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off that is made from an injection molded thermoplastic that offers a great deal of precision and consistency
  • N-ergy cushioning in the heel: A resilient engineered elastomer designed to provide shock absorption and responsiveness for the optimal ride
  • Extended Web: Provides exceptional stability and pronation control
  • Acteva midsole: Increased shock absorption and durability
  • Full-length ABZORB: Maximum shock absorption
  • LIGHTNING DRY Lining: Superior fabric keeps you dry and comfortable by managing moisture transfer
  • LockDown Liner: An adjustable, internal line that is integrated into the lacing to provide a custom fit and securely hold the midfoot
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Specifications:

  • Predecessor Product Type:  1011

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Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe
 
4.5

(based on 53 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (47)
  • Cushions impact (42)
  • Pronation control (32)
  • Breathable (31)
  • Arch support (26)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)
  • Wears out quickly (4)

Best Uses

  • Road running (24)
  • Walking (9)
  • Pavement (8)
  • Distance / endurance (6)
  • With orthotics/inserts (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      88% 

      (43 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      98% 

      (48 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Low arch (31), Average arch (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (17), Enthusiast (14), Gym rat (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for over pronation

By Fastwalker

from Warminster PA

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Good Traction
  • Pronation Control

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Walking

    Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

    I have been using the 99x series of shoe from New Balance for at least 10 years. Lately my over pronation seems to have gotten worse. About three months ago I bought two pairs of 993's in order to rotate them. Very quickly the outer edge of the heel on my left foot was severely worn down. I did some research and I found out that my problem was over pronation. I did some further research and I found out that I need motion control plus shoes and I ordered a pair of NB 1012's.

    The shoes are exactly as advertised. There is more cushioning and the toe box is a little larger. The outer edge of the heel is built up and there is a structure which seems to tame my over pronation. These shoes seem perfect to me. The laces have a funny shape that seems to prevent slippage. When you are all laced up your foot is not going to move. Your motion truly is controlled.

    These are great shoes and I would recommend them to anyone who has a problem with over pronation.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • High Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's about time!!!!

    By running 24/7

    from Pottstown, PA

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Pronation Control

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

    This review will sound like I'm whining a little but I'm sure others will back me up on this. I understand that motion control shoes are tricky when it comes to motion control AND cushioning. For years and years I have tried EVERY motion control shoe from EVERY manufactuer known to the running industry. I have only ever found one brand ( I won't mention for the sake of this review) that I absolutely loved! Bad news is, up until recently, they have discontinued that model so I was back to square one searching...again. I was NEVER a fan of New Balance shoes because they had sold "bricks" for motion control shoes over the years. After researching and trying on different brands at our local running store, the only shoe remotely satisfying me by the fit (with orthotics) was the NB 1012. I was very hesitant to buy them because of bad luck with NB in the past. To make a long story short....THANK YOU NB for finally coming through with the PERFECT motion control shoe!!!! Yes, they're very heavy but I knew that going into the store...probably the heaviest shoe ever but I'll tell you what....it feels like you're running on air!!!! Even if these shoes weighed one pound a piece, I'd still would have bought them!!!!! Expensive....YES!!!!! Worth it? Every penny!!!!! I'm 6 ft and 180 pounds just as a reference!

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Low Arch

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm 5'10, 230 lbs, with ...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

    I'm 5'10, 230 lbs, with plantar fasciitis. The shoe has been immensely helpful in assisting me to recover from the condition. Also, not a bad running shoe at all - good cushioning and comfortable.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Shoes that saved my feet

    By Papa

    from Altus, Oklahoma

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Pronation Control

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Walking

    Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

    Year ago I found out that I had diabetes and was told that I needed to exercise and lose weight (65 lbs overweight). I'm 60 years old so I had a long ways to go. I did research on the internet and was forunately lead to Road Runner Sports. I'm flat footed, over pronate and had several bouts with plantar Fasciitis. I finally choose NB 1012 and for the last 6 months I'm making process in my workout. The shoes were great. The toe box had plently of room and yet the heel was snug. However, I was still having some foot and leg pains when walking, so I tried numberous insoles without success. I wrote Road Runner Sports and they suggested Road Runner Sports Support insoles. I said ok let's give them a try. When I received them I thought no way these would work, but I was very wrong. My journey was now complete, I have no foot or leg pains, losing weight and enjoying working out. Thanks Road Runner Sports!

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    2nd Pair

    By Mules

    from Boone, IA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Good Arch Support
    • Lightweight
    • Pronation Control

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

      On my second pair of these and love them. I'm a 220 pound runner with feet like Fred Flintstone and these are the most comfortable shoe's i've owned since taking up running three years ago. And that includes the Brooks Beast. I log about 15 to 20 miles a week and one pair has gotten me by for almost a year.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Low Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I like!

      By mcclayton

      from St. Paul, MN

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Good Traction
      • Pronation Control

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

        I'm a "motion control +" runner. I have been running in Brook's Beast for several years after giving up on Asics Evolution (not enough support). When I pumped up the milage for a race, though, the Brooks just weren't cutting it. I decided to give the NB 1012 a try and have been very pleased. Foot and ankle pain went away. Seem to be very solid. Run a little large, but about the same as Brooks.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Low Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I am giving the NB 1012 a ...

        By PAUL

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

        I am giving the NB 1012 a try after having switched from the Brooks Beast after Brooks pulled the "Honey I shrank the toebox" trick. These NB 1012 are very comfortable, with a roomy toebox. Because of a run-in with plantar fasciitus, I use a motion control shoe with Sorbothane graphite arch supports to limit over-pronation. These shoes work well so far with the Sorbothane insoles. They are made in the USA by the way, and I think the workers did a quality job.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        very satisfied

        By retired in Florida

        from Venice Florida

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Durable
        • Good Arch Support

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

          Do some jogging and much walking. Good for both and they look good too.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome shoe for flat feet!

          By "D" man

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Gym Rat

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Pronation Control

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Endurance Training

            Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

            200+ LB w/very flat feet! Arches hurt with the wrong shoe during boot camp class. But not with these! First time to try NB and so far I am very pleased!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Low Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good stability

            By GDA

            from NJ, USA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Good Arch Support
            • Pronation Control

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Running

              Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

              I had been wearing less expensive shoes, but developed problem with posterior tibialis tendon in ankle. After a week of wearing these shoes, tendon seems to be less bothersome... good support, but doesn't have as much "bounce" as the old shoes, but willing to tradeoff stabilty and cushioning for "bounce"

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Low Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good shoe...new balance 1012

              By Jw

              from Northfield, Mn

              About Me Gym Rat

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Pronation Control

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gym

                Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                Only had them a couple weeks and so far so good. I am a heavy pronator and need foot orthotics to prevent knee pain(4 knee scopes, 1 ACL reconstruction, missing most of my medial meniscus). I'm 6'4, 220 llbs and they seem to handle the load well. I ordered the d width and the toe box is plenty wide. The shoe is comfortable and does not seem too heavy. Have owned other new balance motion control and I also recommend these.

                Cosmetically I don't like that the wider shoe crinkles/folds above the toe box when wearing them. No folding when not wearing them.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Low Arch

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                committed to New Balance

                By Tchako

                from Chicago IL

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Good Arch Support
                • Great with Jeans
                • Pronation Control

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Endurance Training

                Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                I train 30-40 miles per week through out the year. I am 6' 8" 215 pounds. These shoes have provided me pain free and injury free miles for the last eleven years. When I find a sale I stock up. One time I had six pairs!
                Love them. Love them Love them!

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Low Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                It;s ok but heavy and not much cushion

                By David

                from Rock Hill, SC

                About Me Rarely Work Out

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Good Arch Support
                • Good Traction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Poor Cushioning

                Best Uses

                • Walking

                Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                I use the shoes for walking. The color is nice but the weight and lack of cushion is the deal breaker. However keeping this pair to do yard work in.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Low Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A shoe for a big guy!

                By Richard

                from Eugene, OR

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                    I am a big, heavy guy. I look for a shoe with lots of cushion in the heel and under the sole of the foot. I usually end up with a Motion Control shoe. I like this shoe because it is very comfortable and provides cushioning and support. I use them in the gym and also use them to walk in and work in. The toe box is nice and wide and the shoe looks like it is well made. I hope they last a while. They are not cheap, but then I find that I usually get what I pay for.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Low Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By starlings bro

                    from Long Beach, CA

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Cushions Impact
                    • Good Traction
                    • Pronation Control

                    Cons

                    • Wears Out Quickly

                    Best Uses

                    • Gym

                    Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                    after the n/b 1010 was discontinued i've long to find a replacement. the 1012 has proven to be 4 star replacement.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Low Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great shoe for overpronators

                    By Mike in Virginia

                    from Grundy, VA

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Cushions Impact
                    • Good Arch Support
                    • Pronation Control

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                      I am an overpronator with very flat feet, and this has been a great shoe to deal with theses issues. This is the second pair that I have bought. I probably used the first pair for too long, and it became a little brittle and uncomfortable near the end. But once I received the new pair, comfort was not a problem. The shoe provides great cushioning and support.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Low Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best motion control I've found

                      By Raest

                      from NY

                      About Me Gym Rat

                      Pros

                      • Breathable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Cushions Impact
                      • Durable
                      • Pronation Control

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                        It's difficult for me to find a shoe that fits right and has the right combination of support and cushioning. I have fairly bad overpronation problems normally.

                        I've tried lighter, less stable shoes with little success. I basically crushed the lateral heels of my Mizuno Inspire 6's. They just couldn't handle the weight. I wore out the midsole foam fairly quickly and they just never had enough stability.

                        The 1012 does everything I need. It is solidly built for large runner, it's very supportive and well cushioned. It has the type of cushioning I need, which is firm enough for stability, but forgiving enough to keep the knees from getting sore.

                        The fit of the shoe works great for me as well. The 1012's SL-2 last give me a good hold on the heel and a good hold on the midfoot with the lockdown liner, then they open up in the toe box and give me plenty of space and comfort for the toes.

                        Another thing I really like is the change to the stabilicore post. It's not the usual higher density grey foam medial post. It's feels like a type of rubbery material that is firm and does a great job for stability but doesn't dig into my arches when they flatten out.

                        Hopefully when New Balance will keep the 1012's around for awhile so I can keep buying them when the old ones are done.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Low Arch

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Replacement for the Beast

                        By Heavy Mike

                        from Irvine CA

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Pros

                        • Cushions Impact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Walking

                          Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                          Changed to this NB shoe series with the 1011 when Brooks Beast went to a smaller toe box that caused foot & toe problems. I wore every version of the Beast from its inception but I am very happy with this NB Motion Control Plus shoe 1012.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best shoe to date

                          By mike

                          from adirondacks

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Cushions Impact
                          • Durable
                          • Good Arch Support
                          • Lightweight
                          • Pronation Control
                          • Responsive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Pavement
                            • Road Running
                            • Walking
                            • With Orthotics/Inserts
                            • Work

                            Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                            This is the best shoe I have worn so far. I have a horrible case of flat feet and these are the best I have worn I don't even need my inserts. Great arch support,comfort,and toe space. If you got flat feet you should try these.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Low Arch

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            great shoe for overpronaters

                            By Mo

                            from New Orleans, LA

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Cushions Impact
                            • Good Arch Support
                            • Good Traction
                            • Pronation Control

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Pavement

                            Comments about Mens New Balance 1012 Running Shoe:

                            I have flat feet and a bigger guy (6'1" 220 lbs) so I am always looking for a good running shoe to compensate with my pronation. I bought the 1012 when the pair of 1011's I had wore out. The 1011 is a great shoe, by the way. These 1012's are comfortable and when combined with a RRS Wedge insole really help avoid the problems associated with running with bad arches (shin splints, sore knees, etc). Only thing to remember is that with an aftermarket insole you will need to wear thinner socks. I like to wear the thinnest running sock anyway, so not a problem with me. Another thing they could do is come in a couple more color combinations. The blue/white/black looks good, but others would be cool.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Low Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            1.    PAUL rated this product 5 stars
                            Wed, January 13,2010:
                            I am giving the NB 1012 a try after having switched from the Brooks Beast after Brooks pulled the "Honey I shrank the toebox" trick. These NB 1012 are very comfortable, with a roomy toebox. Because of a run-in with plantar fasciitus, I use a motion control shoe with Sorbothane graphite arch supports to limit over-pronation. These shoes work well so far with the Sorbothane insoles. They are made in the USA by the way, and I think the workers did a quality job.
                            2.    Anonymous rated this product 5 stars
                            Mon, January 04,2010:
                            I'm 5'10, 230 lbs, with plantar fasciitis. The shoe has been immensely helpful in assisting me to recover from the condition. Also, not a bad running shoe at all - good cushioning and comfortable.

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