- MANUFACTURER: NEW BALANCE
- MODEL NO: M720v4
- SIZES: 7-15 VARIOUS WIDTHS
- WEIGHT: 10.4 OUNCES
- COLORS: THUNDER/ALPHA ORANGE, GUNMETAL/BLACK, BLACK/GRAY
- OUTER MATERIAL: TEXTILE SYNTHETIC MESH
- SOLE: RUBBER
- ALSO: INJECTION MOLDED EVA MIDSOLE, NO-SEW MATERIAL APPLICATION, OVERSIZED IMEVA MIDSOLE, MOLDED HEEL INSERT
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 81%
- WATER RESISTANT: NO
- PRICE GUIDE: $32.98-$79.99 APPROX
- OUR RATING: 4.5 STARS OUT OF FIVE
THE DESIGN OVERVIEW
The first look at these New Balance Men’s M720v4 Running Shoes, would seem to confirm that these are a classical design.
There is nothing flash to look at here, particularly, but the shoe does look sleek and as if it will be comfortable to have on.
Made from a synthetic mesh material, these have a lightweight appearance and don’t feel like they will weigh us down on our morning constitutional.
There is a ‘comfort collar’ for cushioning your heel, so you don’t basically hack it off whilst you run and possibly making the shoe comfortable enough to run in without socks – if that’s what you really want to do.
The outer sole is rubber and looks like it will give a decent amount of both grip and support.
Available only in fairly muted color schemes, the upshot of this is as long as you like grey, then all is good.
New Balance are an American company who make their products squarely for the wear, but also with a conscious eye on the design.
So even if you never run a step in these New Balance M720v4 Running Shoes, you might still consider buying them because they look kind of dapper.
These are a lace up pair, with a loose tongue and as we mentioned, are really only available in gray, gray and erm more gray.
If you really want to push the boat out, the loudly named “thunder with alpha orange” is probably the one for you.
This is a shade of gray on the outer material, with orange checked laces and a pleasing shade of tangerine on the bottom. We’re not quite sure which part the ‘thunder’ is.
Gunmetal with black is yet again, more gray, interspersed with white and black. Finally, we have black gray, which does what it says on the tin.
All three pairs would interact quite easily with the casual men’s wardrobe of 2017.
THE TECHNICAL BITS
The New Balance M720v4 Running Shoe features an injection molded EVA midsole, which the manufacturers promise will give the exact right ratio of firmness underfoot, but also with exceptional cushion.
With what is described as ‘cush’ technology, this is a foam compound that makes sure your foot is well protected, whilst maintaining the stability and durability of the shoe.
There is a 10mm drop and the construction is a synthetic, with a mesh upper. It has no sew material application and a rubber outsole.
Although this is a highly sophisticated running shoe, the manufacturers ascertain that it is probably not the greatest choice for wet weather or boggy terrain.
The mesh upper makes it not suitable for any damp or rainy conditions and therefore, this running shoe is not considered waterproof.
We think this shoe is best used either in the gym or on the treadmill or outside on a dry track or road.
The availability of the sizes that these shoes come in should make it fairly easy to find one that fits you. Spanning a 7 to a 15, with a range of widths in between, there is something for every man in this model.
But what are they like to have on?
Well, here we have good news. Nearly everyone who has donned a pair of these thinks that they fit correctly. Just over eighty percent of customers say that these were the right size and only a tiny percentage think that they run a little small.
In terms of comfort, the New Balance M720v4s slide on like a well worn pair of slippers – but fortunately they look anything other than shoddy.
Whether you’re just strolling about town in them, or you actually want to do some serious running, these should see you just right in terms of comfort level.
So far, we are not hearing any bad reports about them chafing, rubbing or giving anyone blisters.
The comfort collar means that you basically won’t slice the back of your heel off and the ‘cush’ technology means the sole of your feet will be happy too.
Although we can’t find any specific information about special support for conditions such as high arches or how they are affected by pronation, we are assured that these are a very comfortable running shoe, for the average foot.
If your feet roll a little on the wide side, we think that you should not be disappointed, as people with wider fittings seem to give them their blessing.
Well, as we all know, not only does a running shoe need to be comfortable when you first put it on – but it needs to carry on being comfortable when you’ve launched yourself into a ten mile run.
This is the true test of a running shoes mettle, after all!
On the whole, most of the people who have bought these do wear them for running and think that they were mighty comfortable to have on long term.
So this means that you can lounge around, potter about and then complete a 10K run, if that’s what you want to do in them and you should be fine and dandy.
WOULD WE RECOMMEND THESE RUNNING SHOES?
But the bottom line is, would we recommend these sneakers to our friends?
Mid priced, with some of these sizes rather more economical than others, on the whole these could not exactly be classed as cheap.
However, we do think that these are worth the asking price.
These are a good quality make and there are no reports of them falling apart on anyone, at least, not too quickly anyway.