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)