The kind of shoes you wear when you have flat feet can affect the outcome of your running, walking or gym routines. When looking for the right options, therefore, it’s advisable to go for choices that are big on comfort, traction and support. Talking about support, the newly launched New Balance 990V4 shoes claim to offer the best combination of features for fitness enthusiasts. Built with a chunky angular appearance and a solid heel design, these all-American made running shoes boast 30% more breathability, comfy inner-soles and ample toe space. How effective are they at supporting your arch? We take a look a closer look.
Lightweight Upper Sole
New Balance 990V4 running shoes combine a blend of lightweight pigskin leather with more mesh surface, which makes them lighter and more breathable as compared to their older 990V3 siblings. Another feature that makes these shoes absolutely cool for people with flat feet is that they have a roomy toe cap – effectively minimizing issues of itching or rubbing when in motion.
Insole – Comfortable Padding
The insole provides ample support to your ankles. This is achieved by the presence of reinforced sides towards the rear of the upper sole. To achieve and maintain a much-needed chiropractic effect among those with flat feet, this part is ergonomically designed to eliminate pressure points. The shoes also feature a combination of premium cushioning meant to create a comfy landing pad for your feet.
Sole with Enhanced Traction
The sole is designed with Blown Rubber Forefoot and dual density collar technology to provide all round support. The midsole is made using Encap technology with an Encap PU ring which is further enhanced with Ethyl Vinyl Acetate core. Sufficient cushioning is provided to make your mid-stride patterns even more comfortable to enhance acceleration.
The heel area of these running shoes is stiff, firm and relatively close to your heel edges providing essential support to the arch. And when you wear these running shoes during your fitness routine, you will note that the design is generally quite supportive in contrast to the toe area which is generally flexible. That essentially protects your feet from twisting and turning thereby protecting you from injury. And that’s not all, the heel has specialized springs which create just enough resistance on the back-drop of a 12mm midsole drop – making this generally a good deal for aggressive runners.
Durable and Great Traction
Despite having a lighter outer-sole and 30% more mesh surface, the New Balance 990V4 running shoes don’t compromise on durability and traction. In fact, you can log over 60 miles without seeing any signs of wear on the sole. Its traction holds up nicely offering exceptional performance on groomed trails. The pigskin finish also adds some toughness to the shoes adding onto the benefits of good arch support, which prevent your arches from falling and straining your tendons and ligaments.
To sum it up, 990V4 running shoes are big on comfort, fit and support. They are aesthetically appealing as well as light enough to make those long runs even more enjoyable and rewarding. If you have flat feet, these are a good pair as they provide functionality and traction that is hard to rival.