The New Balance 1190 is the successor to the New Balance 905. It is a cushion and stability shoe designed for the mild over-pronator. Inspired by racing flats, the New Balance 1190 is a lightweight shoe filled with shoe technology that benefits a wide array of runners. Compared to the New Balance 905, quite a few things were overhauled in the shoe to improve fit and support.
New Balance removed or integrated many of the features of the 905s into other systems in an attempt to streamline the New Balance 1190s. For example, the seamless Phantom Liner, Lock Down Liner, and Sure Lace are now gone. However, still very much a part of the New Balance 1190 upgrade is the Abzorb cushioning at the midfoot which works with the N-ergy system to provide maximum shock absorption and distribution.
The Acteva Lite midsole has been upgraded to the RevLite midsole. Although it is about 30% lighter than other foam midsoles, it delivers premium responsiveness and promotes durability. Over-pronation is gently corrected with a medial post located on the inside edge of the shoe. Ndurance carbon rubber integrated in the outsole also reduces abrasions to promote durability.
Lightweight synthetic overlays help keep the foot in place. The upper features a no-sew design which reduces the chance of irritation which the breathable mesh encourages ventilation to keep the foot dry, cool, and happy. The toe box and heel are standard widths.
The New Balance 1190 marks the company’s attempt to continue its foray into the running niche. The shoe is lightweight and thin but still provides a lot of support to the foot. Testers and runners who tried this shoe like how it felt on the foot but felt the forefoot had too much extra room.
This shoe works best for racing, speedwork, or other fast paced running. It won’t slow you down. It is priced moderately and in all honesty, you could probably get something a little better for the same price. Additionally, there is only one color scheme for men and women, which means if you don’t like a yellow and red combination on a shoe then the New Balance 1190 is not for you.