The New Balance 510v4 price point ranges from $39.95-49.95. The shoes are considered a low-price trail shoe.
To be completely honest these shoes were one of the heaviest trail shoes I have run in thus far.
These shoes were uncomfortable from the start. I wore them on 4 different trail runs ranging from 10-18 miles, in which I had to head back to the car and change out the shoes because my feet hurt so much.
My first run was a 10 miler and by mile 7 I decided to go from trail to asphalt to reduce the pain in my feet but that made it worse. So I jumped back on the dirt trail and hurriedly finished the run.
The shoes we stiff and tights around the toe box on the left foot. I got blisters on the top of my last 2 toes on both sides.
I waited a week to try again and it was the same feeling. I was smart this time and brought my Speedgoat 3’s with me and about 30 minutes into my run I turned around and headed back to the car to switch them out.
I gave them 2 more attempts thinking that they just really need to be broken in but I just could never get to a point of comfort in these trail shoes.
The outside of the shoes still looks pretty good considering the 4 trail runs getting a little over 50 miles in them. The toe box was on the narrow side and the heels were very rigid.
There were no signs of wear and tear but I couldn’t even get to the most technical part of the trails before I had to turn back and switch out shoes.
I do not think these would hold up on steep switchbacks with rocks and roots throughout the trail.
I stayed on soft dirt terrain as much as I could in these. There were some rocky parts that I had to transverse through and these shoes just didn’t glide over rocks like my other trail shoes.
The shoes were stiff from the beginning and after putting a little over 50 miles they feel just as stiff as day one.
They felt tight on my left foot around the toe box and I could feel pressure in and around my achilles.
I had high hopes for a lower priced shoe, but these were not the ones for my foot and running style.
It was a little disappointing when you are 30-40 minutes into your run and the bottom of your feet begin to burn. Not so good when going the distance.
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