New Balance 764 £59.99

Posted: 9 October 2000

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

Weight 314g
Evaluation Some of New Balance’s shoes you either like or you don’t – such as the firm but responsive 854. By contrast, the 760 series has a universal appeal. The 763 in particular was unfussy, smooth, fairly stable, nicely fitted and not heavy. Not a shoe for anyone with extreme cushioning or stability needs, but a great-value all-rounder.
The good news is that many runners will find the 764 even better. The midsole has been thickened slightly, which gives better cushioning and a noticeable rise in the heel for a more ‘forward’ running motion. The lacing has also been reworked, as the last version was problematic for runners with narrow feet. The extra cushioning makes the shoe fractionally less responsive, but that’s worth it. It’s now a shoe that’s even more comparable with alternatives at £70-plus.
In short The 764 is a better-cushioned version of the already appealing 763. It’s a straightforward stability shoe for neutral runners and mild overpronators.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 763 (£59.99); Nike Air Span Triax (£59.99); Asics Gel 1070 (£64.99)

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Anyone else got these?? I got a pair a few weeks ago and think they're great - especially in the wider width as I have quite flat feet!
Posted: 23/03/2003 at 10:40

I've got these but in the mens size as I have very wide feet (2E) and need a womans size 9, which I found impossible to get They are really comfortable with loads of cushioning, I'd recommend them to anyone with wide feet.

Posted: 06/04/2003 at 21:44

I had some last year.... it's like wearing slippers!
Posted: 06/04/2003 at 21:50

i don't like them at all, the bit where the tongue joins the shoe rubs the top of my foot and they give me blisters in the outside of my big toes :o(
Posted: 07/04/2003 at 09:27

I've got a pair of 764s which I haven't run in yet. They fitted well in the shop but I bought two other pairs (2080s and Saucony Nitrous) at the same time because I couldn't decide which I liked best, and the 764s haven't entered the trainer rota yet. They will after FLM, when my Wave Riders are relegated to...well, not sure what. They've got over 500 running miles on them now, but aren't really suitable to use for walking or the gym. Treadmill running only, perhaps.
Posted: 07/04/2003 at 10:28

I've got the blokes' 764s - and think they're fantastic shoes. Verra verra comfortable as well.
Posted: 07/04/2003 at 12:17

bought a pair after the Bristol HM together with a pair of 765s as I couldn't decide which one to buy. Haven't worn the 765's in anger yet but 764s are fine for my size 9Ds
Posted: 19/11/2003 at 23:10

just being nosey, but i guess you work on the idea of using different shoes for different motions?
Rider - neutral
Nitrous - Mild support
764 mild-mod support
2080 moderate support.
if it works, not only am i surprised but very curious.
sorry for being nosey
cheers JB
Posted: 20/11/2003 at 09:33

I wear 764's after wearing 730's for a year

Vast improvement , and no problems at all
Posted: 21/11/2003 at 02:09

jethro - I have several pairs of shoes and also slightly different styles. This is deliberate as I never wear the same shoes on consecutive runs, as I strongly believe this helps to avoid injury. So I will wear my 751's to race short distances and a marathon if it's not fairly soon after the last one. My 764's for ultras and marathons where it's not long since the last.

All my recovery runs are done in my most supportive of all shoes, as I feel that
is the time I need the most support.

Currently using 13 pairs of shoes, though about 5 of those are close to retirement and I only do short runs in them.
Posted: 21/11/2003 at 16:12

I wore 764's last year and have recently purchased a pair of the 765's...supposed to be the same cept for a larger toe box, which is why I bought save my toenails! They feel a bit more different tho so jury's still out
Posted: 21/11/2003 at 16:28

Any size 6's amongst your vast collection that you could donate to a skint runner?
Posted: 21/11/2003 at 17:32

Sorry CK, size 7. Buy them direct from NB factory shop, much cheaper than in the shops.
Posted: 25/11/2003 at 15:50

Hi Jethro.

Nothing so scientific as that! I supinate heavily on one foot, am pretty much neutral on the other, and am fairly light. I run in shoes that I find comfortable. Asics 2080s remain my current preference.

Back to the original topic - the NB764s rub the top of my foot enough to be uncomfortable and cause a bit of transient redness, though I haven't developed any blisters. The question of whether or not to persevere was solved by my 12-year-old daughter snaffling them for herself, but I won't be buying another pair.
Posted: 25/11/2003 at 16:23

Are the NB764 a small fitting compared to Asics ??
Posted: 11/07/2004 at 10:09

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