If you are looking for alternatives to the New Balance 1012, here are a couple of running shoes available as replacements within the New Balance brand as well as other brands.
New Balance stopped updating the New Balance 1012 a couple of years ago and these days it is virtually impossible to find this running shoe.
The strength of the New Balance 1012 lied in the fact that it provided tons of stability and support without being too clunky.
It also wrapped the midfoot well with its combination of mesh and sturdy stitched-on overlays to provide a good amount of support around the arch.
And while it was a bit stiff and heavy compared to other running shoes, and the cushioning it provided was on the firm side, overpronators loved it because of the amount of support and stability it provided.
It is hard to beat the supportive features of the New Balance 1012, but there are a couple of running shoes on the market today that can replace this tank of a motion control running shoe.
So here are a few New Balance 1012 replacements...
The New Balance 1340v2 is New Balance's replacement for the New Balance 1012. So if you want to stick with the New Balance brand, this would be the running shoe to get.
The New Balance 1340v2 is said to be a motion control running shoe and comes with many features that are similar to those found on the New Balance 1012.
For starters, the upper has sturdy stitched-on overlays and a snug fit around the midfoot just like the New Balance 1012.
Just like the New Balance 1012, the New Balance 1340v2 also comes with a long medial post for pronation control.
This post is reinforced by a midfoot shank that runs up into the medial post to increase the amount of stability and support.
Unlike the New Balance 1012, the New Balance 1340v2 has a crash pad that runs along the lateral side of the midsole from heel to toe. This increases the stability of the running shoe but also enhances the smoothness of your ride.
The outsole of the New Balance 1340v2 is well separated for shock absorption, dissipation, and flexibility.
There could not be a better running shoe than the New Balance 1340v2 on the market today to replace the New Balance 1012.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 does not fall in the motion control category but comes close enough to it, and it shares several properties with the New Balance 1012.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is a stability running shoe that provides tons of stability and support. It does so through the use of a full-length crash pad on the lateral side of the midsole and a long medial post on the medial side of the midsole.
The length of the medial post is similar to that of the New Balance 1012 but positioned more toward the back of the shoe.
Running shoe lab tests also reveal that the amount of cushioning provided by the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 comes very close to the amount provided by the New Balance 1012.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 typically has cushioning that is well balanced; it is not too firm or too soft. For men, the amount of heel cushioning is about the same in the two running shoes, but the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has just a bit more forefoot cushioning than the New Balance 1012.
For women, the New Balance 1012 has cushioning that might feel on the firm side, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 displays a good balance between heel and forefoot cushioning that is not too soft or too firm.
Runners may also like to know that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 is lighter and more flexible than the New Balance 1012, and that running shoe lab tests rate it as being as stable and supportive as the New Balance 1012.
The only main difference is that the New Balance 1012 implemented sturdy stitched-on overlays in its upper, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 has no-sew overlays in the middle to front part of the shoe. However, you still get a good wrap around the midfoot.
So if you are looking to switch brands, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 would be a good running shoe to try out as a replacement of the New Balance 1012.
The Saucony Omni 14, just like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15, is not a motion control running shoe but comes very close to being one. It lies at the higher end of the stability category.
One huge benefit of the Saucony Omni 14 is that it is a very light running shoe for the amount of stability and support it provides. So if you are looking for something quite light on your feet, this would be the running shoe to turn to.
Just like the New Balance 1012, the Saucony Omni 14 comes with a long medial post, which is similarly positioned as the one in the midsole of the New Balance 1012, to control overpronation.
And while the front and lateral sides of the upper of the Saucony Omni 14 have no-sew overlays, the Saucony Omni 14 comes with sturdy stitched-on overlays on the medial side, where overpronators tend to need the most support.
These overlays continue around the heel to give you a good amount of support in the rear part of the shoe.
The Saucony Omni 14 is known to have a very cushy forefoot, which is nothing compared to the modest amount of forefoot cushioning found in the New Balance 1012. The Saucony Omni 14 outcushions most running shoes in the forefoot.
However, the Saucony Omni 14 provides about the same amount of heel cushioning as the New Balance 1012 for men, and more than double the amount of heel cushioning of the New Balance 1012 for women.
The New Balance 1012 for women has a firm heel, while the Saucony Omni 14 provides an average amount of cushioning that is not too firm or too soft in the heel.
While the Saucony Omni 14 is a bit more flexible than the New Balance 1012, both running shoes are on the stiffer end of the spectrum.
And in terms of stability and support, running shoe lab tests rate the Saucony Omni 14 as being just a tiny notch under the New Balance 1012.
Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.