If you are looking for alternatives to the New Balance 587, 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 587 and has not released a new version of it in a very long time.
The New Balance 587 was one of a kind and is a very difficult running shoe to replace. It fell in the motion control category of running shoes and had unique features.
One of the unique features of the New Balance 587 was the Rollbar in the heel that provided control for both underpronation and overpronation. The Rollbar basically provided rearfoot stability.
The New Balance 587 was also a pretty cushy running shoe because it had Abzorb cushioning throughout its entire midsole.
Its flat outsole provided full ground contact and was broad to support runners with flat feet.
It is hard to beat the supportive features of the New Balance 587, but there are a couple of running shoes on the market today that can replace this stable motion control running shoe.
So here are a few New Balance 587 replacements...
The New Balance 1540v2 is the running shoe that comes closest to mimicking the features of the New Balance 587.
It implements a Rollbar in the heel that has the same function as the Rollbar in the heel of the New Balance 587.
However, the Rollbar in the New Balance 1540v2 is placed differently and more toward the back of the shoe, so the effect of pronation control might be different than in the New Balance 587.
Another difference lies in the midsole material used. The cushioning in the New Balance 1540v2 is somewhat firmer than the one in the New Balance 587.
However, the New Balance 1540v2 provides full ground contact like the New Balance 587 and can accommodate flat feet and runners who have large feet.
And while the upper of the New Balance 587 consisted of a large amount of stitched-on overlays, the upper of the New Balance 1540v2 has just a few stitched-on overlays in a few key areas, especially where runners need a lot of support.
But unlike the New Balance 587, the New Balance 1540v2 also comes with no-sew overlays that run under the stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot and in the forefoot.
If nothing else, the upper of the New Balance 1540v2 is more open and breathable than that of the New Balance 587 and provides a good amount of room if you have large bunions.
The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is another motion control running shoe that provides rearfoot stability and a good amount of ground contact.
It does this through the use of a Wave Plate that is sandwiched between two layers of foam in the midsole and that runs along the entire length of the midsole.
The Wave Plate differs from the Rollbar in that the Rollbar is located only in the heel and the Wave Plate along the entire length of the midsole.
In addition, the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 fans out on the medial side of the midsole, so provides a stronger degree of pronation control on one side of the shoe instead of one both sides like the New Balance 587.
The Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 provides a large amount of cushioning in the heel and an average amount in the forefoot, but it should still feel cushy enough for runners who are used to the New Balance 587.
The upper of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 also differs from that of the New Balance 587 in that it is more open and free from overlays than the New Balance 587.
However, the overlays used by the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 are also stitched-on overlays just like those on the New Balance 587 so should provide a good amount of support but not as much as the New Balance 587.
One last advantage of the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is that it is one of the lightest motion control running shoes around.
The Brooks Transcend 3 does not fall in the motion control category but New Balance 587 fans may appreciate the cushioning in the Brooks Transcend 3 as well as the fact that it implements a new technology to correct motion.
The technology used by the Brooks Transcend 3 – Guide Rails – is very subtle and claims to help your body and feet find their natural motion paths.
The Guide Rails run along the upper edge of the midsole on both sides of the shoe so help correct both overpronation and underpronation.
Another similarity between the New Balance 587 and the Brooks Transcend 3 is that the Brooks Transcend 3 provides a good amount of ground contact to increase the stability of the running shoe as well as the smoothness of your ride.
But a big difference can be found in the upper, where the Brooks Transcend 3 has mostly no-sew underlays, mesh, and a good heel counter at the back to keep your foot in place; it does not come with stitched-on overlays.
Another big difference is that the running platform of the Brooks Transcend 3 is not as straight as that of the New Balance 587 so may not be suitable for runners with flat fleet. However, the Brooks Transcend 3 can be worn by heavier runners.
While it is not the perfect replacement for the New Balance 587, if you are a heavier runner who is looking for a different way to correct motion issues, the Brooks Transcend 3 might be worth trying out.
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.