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New Balance 706

rated 4 of 5 stars

The 706 has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best trail running shoes for 2024.

photo: New Balance 706 trail running shoe

The EE fits my wide flat feet and they feel great on pavement or fairly smooth trails. They are not, however, really a trail shoe -- too soft to protect from rocks. I've had to modify them to accomodate my feet. I trimmed the arch portion of the insole, and cut slits on each side of the heel so the tall back of the shoe wouldn't press on my achilles tendon with every stride. (With wide, flat feet, long second toe, and very flexible ankles from my years of ballet, I have a miserable time fitting shoes, especially climbing shoes and hiking boots.) Still, when I found them for cheap, I bought two pairs because they felt good.

Materials: mesh and fake? leather
Use: intended for trail running, used more for flat surfaces
Break-in Period: negligible
Weight: very light
Price Paid: 2 / $52

These are the best shoes I have found for my feet so far. They run very well on the trail and on the road. I have a very difficult foot to fit (9.5 A-width) however, these fit great. I do most of my training on pavement and these give me a lot of support and shock absorption. I wish they weren't discontinued.

Materials: All synthetic
Use: running, road and trail
Break-in Period: short
Weight: Medium light
Price Paid: $64.99

It's a light and not bulky shoe that provides great support. So far I like it as one of the best I have had.

Typical New Balance product. Comfortable and durable while still relatively inexpensive. Rides well on trails and still pretty light for the road.

Materials: leather/nylon
Use: trail/street
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: fairly light
Price Paid: $48

Bought just a month ago, used it for jogging, very comforting!!! The best shoes I ever had!

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