New Balance 1260 v2 Sneak Peek

New Balance 1260v2 Men's and Women's Running Shoes

A fresh take on the max support, max cush trainer for New Balance, the 1260 v2 switches to lighter technologies that still deliver a plenty plush ride.

Launch Date

August 2012



What to Watch For

  • Updated Support Tech: The 1260 v2 uses a reconfigured Stabilicore design along with a T-Beam midfoot shank to provide stability and arch support.
  • Updated Cushioning Tech: The 1260 v2 features N2 cushioning (replacing N-ergy) contained in Acteva Lite midsole foam (replacing ABZORB FL). These tech updates keep the ride soft while reducing weight.
  • Lighter Weight: Both Men’s and Women’s versions of the 1260 are expected to be a few tenths of an ounce lighter.
  • New Last: The 1260 v2 is built on the “natural” PL-1 last, which is constructed to closely contour the foot for a running-specific fit.
  • Lower Drop: The 1260 v2 will feature an 8mm heel-to-toe offset, down from 12mm in the original version.

Men’s Colors

Silver/Red/Yellow 1260 v2
White/Black/Yellow 1260 v2

Women’s Colors

Lavender 1260 v2
Raspberry 1260 v2

  • Kevin A.

    I was curious to know if the 1260 v2 has a slightly wider toe box and a bit more arch support than the 860 v2’s? I tried the 860 v2’s on and just noticed it to be a cut a tad narrow for my foot. I highly doubt I’d go with a wide width even if it does come in it. The reason why I’m also asking is because I’m looking for a show that has a little bit more support than my Saucony Guide 5’s (long runs). Sorry to bring in another brand on your blog. Thank you.

  • Matt

    Thanks for the question, Kevin. The 1260 v2 will definitely provide more support than the 860 v2 or the Guide 5. As far as fit, we’re still waiting for the 1260 v2 shoes to arrive in our warehouse – we’re expecting them in the next few days. Once we’ve tried them on, we’ll update the “How It Fits” section of the product page so you can determine toe box width.