New Balance 854 £69.99

Posted: 16 June 2000

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

Weight 390g
Evaluation The 851 was a classic, but the first update – the 852 was relatively disappointing. The deterioration was due mainly to a heavy, sloppy-fitting upper, and New Balance loyalists abandoned the shoes in droves for the 762.
The 853 was partly a return to form, and the 854 goes further. It’s essentially a return to basics. It uses the same upper pattern – snug fit and simple understated cosmetics – of the 851, and keeps the combination-last which many orthotic-wearers prefer. The two-density midsole with the graphite rollbar for stability is the same as the 853’s and so is the outsole. Wear testers loved the heel-to-toe transition of the 854 and felt it was responsive and flexible. The only significant addition to the 854 midsole/outsole package is a stability web that reinforces midfoot support.
In short If you were a big fan of New Balance’s 851, you’ll be delighted to know that the 854 is the shoe for you. If you’ve never run in either, you’ll find that the 854 is a responsive and protective, yet relatively lightly cushioned, day-in day-out workhorse. On the down side: it’s rather heavy.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 851/853; Asics Gel-1050 (£60); Nike Air Span Triax (£60)

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Taking RW's advice, I descided to buy a 2nd pair of trainers. I normally run in Mizuno wave Legends but in order to achieve the 'Cross Training for your feet', I bought a pair of New Ballance 854s. Wore them last night for the first time on a familiar 6 mile run but after 2 miles my feet were knackered.

I will play about with the lacing and see if they improve, but I think the Mizunos will be doing the FLM.

Anyone else have problems with the 854 or is it just me?
Posted: 17/01/2003 at 14:46

I was just about to post a new thread about 854s as this flashed up!

Love the 854, now on my 4th pair. It fits my wide feet, accomodates my orthotics and I seem to have far fewer injury worries than with other makes (touch wood).

My question is has anyone tried the 855 yet? I saw it in the flesh for the first time today, although didn't ty it on. It seemed very solid and inflexible. I know it is supposed to be more stable than the 854 but I imagine it has a very different feel. Guess I might try to buy a couple more pairs of 854s while they are reduced.
Posted: 17/01/2003 at 14:50

Jenks - I swapped from Mizunos to NB854 as my feet were too wide for Mizunos. I find the NB's much more comfy, but probably heftier ?

Skip - the outlet shop were selling the old ones for half price - so I bought 2 pairs !
Posted: 17/01/2003 at 14:55

Cougies - which outlet shop is that...?


Posted: 17/01/2003 at 15:02

Er - the New Balance one. Hang on let me search :

The phone number for one of the shops is 01931716333,ask for the numbers of the others.

They have three shops up in the Lakes. Fat Face tipped us off.

Posted: 17/01/2003 at 15:09

NB Shops are in Keswick, Shap and Flimby. Keswick is only a tiny place, so finding the shop is easy peasy. Shap is near the M6, Flimby a bit further toward the north west coast. Ring before going, as they may not have what you want.

Personally, I think the 854 is great. I bought my third pair last night, and will be buying a pair of 855's next time round. I've had no injury problems since I bought my 1st pair. They are a bit heavy, but I do pretty high mileage, so I'd rather have durable shoes.
Posted: 17/01/2003 at 15:46

Strange that you all think the 854s are heavy. I'm on my third pair and find them a bit light - i'm only managing 400 miles a pair before the shock absorbing in the heels/soles has gone. but they are a good fit and comfortable. had no problems except that they keep wearing out.
I'm debating whether to buy up more 854s whilst they are still available or hold off until the 855s are in the local shops.

Posted: 17/01/2003 at 16:00

I'm on my 4th? pair of 854's and I love 'em. I'll be sorry when they are not available anymore, unless the 855's are even better. I did about 350 miles in my last pair before I started to get aches in my hips.
Posted: 17/01/2003 at 16:09

I got a pair just before Crimbo & they felt heavy at first (I also got some 2080's which feel very light so the comparison may be unfair) but are OK now. Very stable, I'm using them for off-road races which seem to be happening a lot over the next few weeks & the 2080s for purely road stuff.

I'd be happy to run decent road distances with the 854s though.
Posted: 17/01/2003 at 17:24

An update on the 854's, I did a slow 5 miles in them on saturday and they were a bit better. The left foot was fine actually but the right one started aching after 3 miles and didn't stop aching until I took the shoe off.
I did my long run (7 miles) on Sunday and wore the Mizunos and they were great, not aches or tired feet at all. No matter, I will persevere with the 854s, I will say the grip is very impressive though.


Posted: 20/01/2003 at 16:15

Mine got muddy at Helsby. Time to break out the new pair methinks !
Posted: 20/01/2003 at 16:56

I wear 854 and they are great. I have very narrow feet and my arches collapse at the drop of a hat, but although i wear 'blocks' in ordinary footwear, i don't need to in 854, they combat the problem effectively. Nice and light too - i'm tiny so heavy clumsy shoes are a no, no! 855 i was told would be too rigid and inflexible for my feet. 854 still widely available, now in new blue/grey colouring! I'll be sticking with what i know is best for me, think it's best option in many cases!
Posted: 22/01/2004 at 11:11

Blimey. Blast from the past Tequila ?

How did you find that thread.

And I'm still wearing the same shoes !
(spare pair still boxed)
Posted: 22/01/2004 at 11:17

I have the women's 855s and they are very substantial. I've been laid up for a while and so I wore them for the first time in ages the other day. I could really feel the arch support and that my feet were "encased". I have another pair of NB pumps, can't remember what sort they are, and they're a world away from my 855s.

Tequila - I would agree that 855s would be too hefty for you if you're a small person. I got them cos I'm heavy on my feet and, sadly, on the scale.
Posted: 22/01/2004 at 11:32

sorry to resurrect an old thread but looking for some advice really.... about this time last year I reluctantly decided that NB 851's were getting a bit long in the tooth and as I was training for a marathon in October, I ought to invest in a new pair of shoes.
I went to Alexandra Sports in Pompey, where I'd bought the 851's originally, as I was quite impressed with their help and knowledge. I came away with a pair of Brooks GTS.

Have to say, I've now concluded that this shoe does not give me the kind of support I need. Probably done less than 100 miles in them but my feet ache in a way I'm convinced they didn't with the 851's.

Have I picked the wrong shoe and should I now revert to 851/854 ? Or stick with the Brooks ( which is very light and okay for walking !).

The marathon in October last was my fourth and I didn't make the time I know I could have done. Not booked for this year's FLM but am aiming for the Fleet Half and the odd 10K between times.

Grateful for any views on the above folks!


Posted: 10/01/2005 at 13:45

I think you're the best judge of this.

Personally I'm not interested in trying new shoes - I like the 854's and am playing safe with them.
Posted: 10/01/2005 at 13:50

I'm also happy with my 854s. I've run hundreds of miles in various pairs, including 2 marathons, so I'm sticking with them. I did however buy a pair of 856s recently along with a new pair of 854s because the factory shop told me they were structurally the same. Not tried them yet though. Has anyone else used them?
Posted: 10/01/2005 at 14:01

I'm using the 856 now and it's really good I don't think its better than the 854 but it's hard to beat it. I thought the 855 was recalled to a fault? it was causing Achilles problems i got told.
Posted: 10/01/2005 at 14:19

855's didn't sell well. I got a pair for a tenner so have used them too. Not as nice as the 854's though
Posted: 10/01/2005 at 14:49

I love the 855s. They're ideal for my flat feet as don't have too much blister inducing arch support and seem to last and last
Posted: 10/01/2005 at 17:03

Thanks all....hmmm a pair of 854's might be on the birthday list after all !
Posted: 10/01/2005 at 17:25

Interesting comment on 855 causing achilles problems as I'd assumed it was just my inelegant style. Hmmm, will be reverting back to 854 for my next purchase especially as they were available for £45 in RW this month.
Posted: 06/03/2005 at 20:00

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