New Balance 890v7 Review: Awesome Updates Abound in this Light, Fast, Responsive Trainer

Womens New Balance 890v7 Crystal Sage

With an all-new airflow knit upper and faster reacting cushion, there’s a lot to love about the updated New Balance 890v7 running shoes.


Lightweight, Flexible Neutral Running Shoes


The New Balance 890v7 replace the New Balance 890v6


Mens New Balance 890v7 in White/Black

Men’s New Balance 890v7 in White/Black

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This iteration of the New Balance 890v7 has come a long way from last year’s v6 model. Let’s start at the top with the new knit mesh upper which is extremely breathable and for that reason alone, you might consider this shoe a summer runner. The knit does a fantastic job of holding the foot secure without feeling restrictive. New Balance has been killing it lately with their upper fit – I think this is the best fitting 890 yet.

The 809v7 is accommodating in the forefoot so if you have very narrow feet you might look elsewhere. I enjoyed the room up front and liked how the partial bootie construction/gusseted tongue wraps nicely around the middle of the foot, which ensures a locked in feel even as I turned up the pace.

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From its side profile, you can see that the 890v7 has more rocker than the v6. While there is plenty of ground contact area in the v7 which lends to a sure-footed feel, you’ll find the slightly more rounded bottom allows strides to roll on and off. You’ll be riding on a 6mm drop so the heel is just slightly higher than the forefoot. I found these elements work together nicely to achieve a rhythmic run.

Mushy cushion isn’t always ideal, especially when you want to chase faster times. The New Balance 890v7 ditches softer foam in favor of the lighter, more rebounding Revlite for a firmer, more energy-returning cushion experience. As advertised, the 890v7 feels light and fast.


Womens New Balance 890v7 in White/Guava

Women’s New Balance 890v7 in White/Guava

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Personally, I wouldn’t do my longest run in these, but lighter runners could. I like the 890v7 for shorter daily training and tempo days. And New Balance touts the 890v7 as a lightweight daily trainer. I also did a gym/intense cardio workout in them and they felt great and lightweight.

The 890v7 is a neutral shoe so if you have more flexible ankles with pronation you might go with a stability shoe. But for most people the 890v7 will thrive as a daily trainer, or as a tempo or race-day-specific enhancement.


Mens New Balance 890v7 in Dark Agave

Men’s New Balance 890v7 in Dark Agave

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  • Super lightweight, supremely breathable knit upper
  • REVlite midsole provides incredible response and cushioning
  • Versatility


Level 4: Nice Amount of Cushioning

COLORS: 2 Men’s & 3 Women’s

WEIGHT: Men’s 7.1 oz  |  Women’s 5.5 oz

Want to know for sure if the New Balance 890v7 are the right shoes for you? Take 2-3 minutes to run through our online SHOE FIT FINDER. You can also call 800.551.5558 or drop by your hometown store and we’ll guide you through your personal fitting.

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