Which Is The BEST New Balance 990 Version? Comparison + Timeline

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In this video, I compare the popular 990 model from new balance, and the six different versions that have been created over the years.

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New Balance 990v1 – 1982 Retail $100, made in USA.

Original concept formed in 1978, instead of cashing in on overseas production, these were Made in the USA, which would soon invoke a loyal following who wanted locally made premium shoes.

After 4 yrs of R&D the $100 990 was born. Created with a Slip lasting process that was more complex than the normal method, they also featured a polyurethane heel called Motion Control Device.


New Balance 990v2 – 1998 ABZORB midsole

For shock absorbing, been 15yrs since the 990v1. with ABZORB foam running the entire length of the ENCAP sole before popping out at the heel in a sealed bubble

New Balance 990v3 – 2012 30th birthday, and as it entered middle age there was no doubt it had embraced the role at the head of the rapidly expanding 99x family. To celebrate, New Balance introduced the 990v3. The update showed a little more mesh between its pigskin paneling and perforations for extra breathability. The design had a more utilitarian look than its predecessors, emphasised by the diamond patterning on the tongue and ribbed N logo. Aesthetics aside, the shoe’s technology remained relatively unchanged.

New Balance 990v4 – 2016

modern, streamlined look alludes to its athletic pedigree, channelling design cues inspired by the OG era. The panels span out from the N logo, with layers of mesh accented by shadows of leather that are set against the pigskin contours. The ENCAP sole is made up of a polyurethane ring with an EVA core, providing the signature balance between cushioning and stability. If you’re after a reliable, long-lasting running shoe, the 990v4 is simply as good as it gets.

New Balance 990v5 – 2019

With a tonal TPU power strap wrapping the upper

emblems on the tongue and foxing of the footwear accentuated with 360 reflectivity. Crisp white laces and a matching outsole completed a clean take that sat atop the epochal ENCAP midsole.

New Balance 990v6 – 2022

ALD’s Teddy Santis as the new creative director of their Made in USA line.

990v6 also featured a much higher stacked sole than prior iterations which was thanks to the FuelCell foam addition on top of previously used ENCAP midsole cushioning which was used in the v3, v4 and v5