New Balance is a well known name in the running shoe industry. They make a variety of shoes to fit the needs of avid runners all around the world. The New Balance 1260 continues the tradition by providing stability to mild to moderate over-pronators. This shoe is an update to their popular New Balance 1226 line and adds some features that improve transition through the gait cycle.
The shoe combines New Balance’s popular technologies to create a shoe that is comfortable and stable. Most notable is the Stability Web which is placed at the midfoot and is designed to minimize flex in the area. Instead, the flex is redirected to the metatarsal where the foot is supposed to flex naturally. The full length midsole is made from Abzorb FL which is a composite of DuPont Engage and isoprene rubber materials. This combination makes for a durable midsole and a comfortable ride.
Stabilicore is an added technology that promotes a smooth transition by providing a range of stiffness. This midfoot support system ensures continuous stability from heel strike to toe off. Shock from impact is absorbed and dispersed by the N-ergy system with spans that entire length of the shoe. This system is lightweight, responsive, and flexible.
The upper part of the shoe contains several elements designed to maximize comfort. The Dual Density foam collar in the heel secures the foot while keeping the area comfortable. The Ortholite sockliner enhances cushioning while the phantom liner that rests along the inside of the upper minimizes irritation from the movement of the shoe against the foot. The blown rubber forefoot and the Ndurance rubber material placed on the outsole promotes durability and long lasting wear.
The reviews about the New Balance 1260 were mixed. Some people loved the shoe while others hated it. One reviewer felt the shoe delivered on the comfort and cushioning especially in the heel and ankle area. However, they did note that the shoe did not fit true to size. They had to go up half a size to get the right fit.
However, other reviewers were not as flattering. Other reviewers felt the New Balance 1260 were a disappointment when compared to the New Balance 1225 and 1226. They felt the cushioning was lacking and there was no arch support. Both had logged in about 20 hours on the shoes but still were not able to get them to work.
The New Balance 1260 sits in the upper price range. However, there are other shoes in the same price range made by New Balance that would probably better serve your needs.