New Balance 1012 replacement

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.

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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...

New Balance 1340v3

The New Balance 1340v3 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 1340v3 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 1340v3 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.

The outsole of the New Balance 1340v3 is well separated for shock absorption, dissipation, and flexibility.

The New Balance 1340v3 displays the most similarities with the New Balance 1012 but is also a bit heavy when compared to other similar stability running shoes.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 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 18 is a stability running shoe that provides tons of stability and support. It does so through the use of a well-segmented midsole on the lateral side and a long 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 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 might feel overall cushier than the the New Balance 1012.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 typically has cushioning that is well balanced and is on the cushy side in both the heel and the forefoot, according to lab tests.

For women, the New Balance 1012 has cushioning that might feel firm, while the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 displays a better balance between heel and forefoot cushioning and has an above average amount of it.

Runners may also like to know that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is lighter 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 18 has no-sew overlays in the middle to back part of the running shoe and a forefoot that is pretty open and free from overlays to increase the amount of comfort you get.

So if you are looking to switch brands, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 would be a good running shoe to try out as a replacement of the New Balance 1012.

Saucony Omni 16

The Saucony Omni 16, just like the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, 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 16 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 16 comes with a long medial post, which is similarly positioned as the one in the midsole of the New Balance 1012, to control overpronation.

The Saucony Omni 16 comes with no-sew overlays, but they are plentiful around the midfoot and the heel, where overpronators tend to need the most support. In addition, it has an extra Support Frame at the back for additional support around the heel.

The Saucony Omni 16 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.

However, the Saucony Omni 16 has a more moderate amount of heel cushioning and provides about the same amount of heel cushioning as the New Balance 1012.

The New Balance 1012 for women has a firm heel, while the Saucony Omni 16 provides a slightly above average amount of heel cushioning to women.

While the Saucony Omni 16 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, the Saucony Omni 16 lies 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.

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This review falls under: Brooks | New Balance | Saucony

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