New Balance 763 £59.99


Posted: 16 June 2000

This model may still be available on clearance. But we've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Weight 349g
Evaluation New Balance seems to be throwing down the gauntlet to other shoe manufacturers with the 763. With so many near-perfect £70 stability shoes on the market, New Balance has now upped the ante at £60 with a sleeker, lower-profile shoe than it has produced before.
It combines a long medial post with smooth cushioning (including rear-and forefoot inserts) and a responsive feel. And along with the £70 854, it’s a model for runners who prefer a good feel for the ground to springy or pillowy protection. In other words, it has a relatively flat feel that allows the muscles of your feet to do some work. You’ll notice this characteristic particularly if you compare it with the Asics Gel 1060, another key £60 stability shoe; or the 762, which was New Balance’s chubbier predecessor to the 763.
The other difference you’ll notice over the 762 is that the 763 has a significantly wider fit, which brings it more into the classic New Balance mould. (It also has better forefoot flex grooves, an extended midfoot shank for better stability, and good universal grip.)
In short The 763 is a super shoe for neutral runners and mild to moderate overpronators who want a little added stability. It has the classic firm-ish New Balance feel, with a smooth, quick low-profile ride. While it’s not quite as plush as a good £70 shoe, that’s where its aspirations are.
Try it if you liked New Balance 762 (£55); New Balance 853/854 (£70); Asics Gel 1050/1060 (£60); Nike Air Span Triax (£60)

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