New Balance 714 £54.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

Weight 365g
Evaluation The 714 is a good example of a simple shoe which offers terrific value. Five years ago, this would have been one of the best stability shoes on the market, but there are so many stability models crammed with up-to-date technology that the 714 just isn’t as innovative as some of the more expensive options.
Still, the 714 has a longer medial post than the 713 had (it also costs £5 more) so it’s slightly more stable. New Balance has also added its stability web to the 714 for better midfoot support, and inserted an Abzorb cushioning pad in the forefoot as well as the rearfoot. It’s a little heavy, and it’s not a shoe that will turn heads or set you on fire with its speed, but it won’t let you down.
In short The 714 isn’t one of the flashier shoes on the market, but it’s one of the more functional. If all you need is a standard stability shoe and you aren’t concerned with all the latest gizmos, you would be hard-pressed to find better value than the 714.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 713 (£50); Nike Air Span Triax (£60); Mizuno Wave Conviction (£60)

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