New Balance 855 £70

Posted: 24 January 2003

Weight 420g
Evaluation The 850 series has been one of the mainstays in the stability category for several years, but New Balance has improved the new 855 in so many important ways that even more overpronators will be able to wear it. Compared with the previous model – the 854 – the 855 boasts a broader base, making it even more supportive and stable. Additionally, a second midsole density has been added to surround the Rollbar (the size of which has been reduced).
And the 855’s cushioning has also been upgraded, with all-new, more cushioned and durable Abzorb SBS in the forefoot and rearfoot. But this comes at a price. The 855 is heavier than the 854.
Our weartesters found the 855 more stable than the 854, and much more supportive. It’s an especially good shoe for orthoses wearers with a firm midsole, a board in the rearfoot (providing a good platform) and the Rollbar (which functions well with orthoses).
In short New Balance is known for its workhorse shoes – especially the 850s. Still, it chose to evolve the 855 into more of a big-guy shoe with greater support and cushioning than the 854 had. And the changes work.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 854 (£70); Nike Air Structure Triax (£70)

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I really like the New Balance 855's (854's were slightly better though), but I want to get something a bit lighter. Can anyone who's run in 855's before recommend anything? I'm reasonably light, so I tend to feel the weight of the shoes after a longer run!

If not, I also heard a rumour from my local running shop in Warwick that NB were bringing back the 854's. Is this true?

Posted: 01/09/2003 at 22:51


I've still got loads of 854s in my shop anyway, so they are still available, but I vaguely remember hearing that rumour as well. I'll check it out and post again.

Have you ever tried the 764/765. Not as supportive, but possibly a tad lighter.
Posted: 01/09/2003 at 22:54

Cheers Dog Walker,

One thing I don't like about the 855's is the larger toe box. I went up 1/2 size when I changed from 854's to 855's as I was getting blisters on the end of my toes. The shoe gives me the right length and width (rather wide feet) but too much room on top. Is the 765 like this aswell? I looked at the review on the 'Gear' tab and it looked quite promising. Will have to give it a go next time I go 'window shopping'.
Posted: 01/09/2003 at 23:01

Mark - Yes the 854 has been reintroduced, it has been around for a couple of months so lots of shops should have them - new drab grey colour scheme though.

I do most of my running in 854s, but for racing and speed training use the Adidas Supernova Competition performance trainer. Lots of stability for a lightweight shoe.

Posted: 02/09/2003 at 09:39

I use my 854's for training too and lighter Nike's for racing. Anything to make running in races feel better.
Posted: 02/09/2003 at 13:47

I use my 855's for training (marathon) and race in my 764's, which are lighter and more flexible.
Posted: 04/09/2003 at 15:55

Thanks for all the advice. Looks like I'm going shoe shopping soon!

Posted: 05/09/2003 at 13:02

I have one pair of 854s but recently got a pair of 764s and must say I prefer them. They 'feel' a lot lighter and are a better fit. I don't have big support issues so they suit me, but if you pronate a lot the 854s may be the way to go....
Posted: 06/09/2003 at 23:26

my fave shoes ever were the nb853 , & obviously they are well out of date. if anyone has a pair of them in size 7 sitting about in their stockroom, please let me know
Posted: 14/09/2003 at 21:52


Posted: 15/09/2003 at 12:29

mia, the 855's aren't noticeably much heavier than the 854s, but they are slightly different in fit. see how the 855s feel when you get them, Im sure you can change them for the 854s if you haven't used them for running in outside?

and fiona, I checked for 853s at sweatshop-sorry! other sizes but not size 7
Posted: 16/09/2003 at 15:39

thanks-keep a look out though!
Posted: 16/09/2003 at 17:59

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