New Balance 1022 £75

We've reviewed a newer version since we published this.

Weight 350g
Evaluation The 1021 was a plush, nicely cushioned shoe that appealed to runners who loved a soft ride. It’s replacement, the 1022, is all that and more. New Balance has softened the midsole – a combination of EVA and Abzorb. It now feels softer than its predecessor, as well as rivals like the Adidas Supernova Cushion.
However, the plush feel doesn’t mean this is necessarily a shoe for the heavy runner. In fact, some of our heavier weartesters weren’t as keen on the shoe as our lighter ones. For a cushioned shoe, it feels flexible and responsive, which could explain its appeal to lighter, efficient runners who chose the shoe to cosset their feet on longer, slower runs. But its lack of a medial post means that the 1022 isn’t a shoe for those seeking stability.
In short It’s a close call between the Supernova Cushion and the 1022, but among lighter testers, the responsiveness of the 1022 gives it the edge.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 1021 (£75); Adidas Supernova Cushion (£70)