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Minimize in half: New Steadiness 9060 Overview (2024)

Cut in half: New Balance 9060 Review (2024)

Who should buy

We advocate the New Steadiness 9060 to anybody who:

  • Desires a tamer model of the Adidas Yeezy 500.
  • are available in the market for sneakers with a exceptional end.
  • has been ready for a pair that may maintain your stability wherever on the streets.
  • is available in the market for a running-inspired kick from NB.
  • are fashion-minded and wish sneakers that work effectively with dishevelled pants.

Who should NOT buy

Skip the New Steadiness 9060 for the Adidas Ozweego if you need a squeak-free shoe that is available in a number of colorways. 

For a extra breathable choice for these heat summer time months, we advocate the New Steadiness 1906R as an alternative. 

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To get a visible thought of how well-ventilated the shoe is, we pumped the 9060 stuffed with smoke for twenty seconds. As we will see from the footage, the 9060 lets out a gradual however regular stream of smoke all through the take a look at. This common efficiency leads us to offer the 9060 a middle-of-the-road breathability rating of three out of 5. This makes the 9060 a fairly good year-round shoe, although it’s going to really feel considerably toasty throughout the hotter summer time months, particularly within the darker colorways. 

For an instance of the intense finish of the spectrum, take a look at the plumes of smoke emitting from the Puma RS-X which earned it an ideal breathability rating. 

Backlighting a cross-section of the 9060’s higher doesn’t do a lot to light up the supply of the shoe’s airflow because it doesn’t appear to let a lot, if any, gentle shine by means of. We are able to, nonetheless, take an informed guess and say that the porous mesh sections of the higher are liable for ventilating the shoe regardless of showing moderately opaque. 

Wanting on the 9060’s higher mesh beneath our microscope is mesmerizing. The way in which the strands of fiber gently intertwine to kind a number of layers of delicate braids actually is a deal with to behold. These porous sections are the principle supply of airflow within the 9060.

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Leather/Suede quality

We torched the suede sections of the 9060’s higher and scratched off the scorched stays with an axe to find out that they’re certainly manufactured from real suede. The overlay on the prime of the tongue, however, caught fireplace and melted away from the flame which tells us that it’s artificial. 

Toebox durability

For its first outing, we fired up our Dremel to 5K RPM and set it in opposition to the mesh part of the 9060’s toebox with 3.2N of power. 

Whereas the device made fast work of fraying the highest layer of mesh, it wasn’t in a position to pierce by means of the toebox and left solely an unpleasant scar within the wake of the four-second take a look at. This earns the 9060 a good toebox sturdiness rating of three out of 5.

Heel padding durability

The 9060’s heel counter fared simply as effectively in opposition to our Dremel which solely managed to scuff up the liner materials whereas leaving the padding comparatively intact inside by the point 4 seconds was up. 

This leads us to offer the 9060 one other 3 out of 5 for heel padding sturdiness.

Outsole hardness

With a durometer studying of 85.1 HC, the 9060’s outsole rubber is about as laborious as our present lab common for sneakers. Primarily based on our findings within the lab to this point, this stage of hardness normally signifies a wholesome stability of grip and sturdiness. 

Outsole durability

We fired up our Dremel for a 3rd and closing time, now spinning at 10K RPM, and set it in opposition to the 9060’s outsole for twenty seconds. 

The take a look at glided by moderately uneventfully and, as soon as the time was up, we discovered that we had solely lopped off 0.76 mm of rubber from the 9060’s outsole. That is much less materials than the typical sneaker loses on this identical take a look at which bodes effectively relating to the longevity of this shoe.

Outsole thickness

The 9060’s outsole is simply 3.8 mm thick, making it considerably much less thick than our present lab common for sneakers. Nonetheless, with the efficiency of the outsole in opposition to our Dremel, this doesn’t give us a lot trigger for concern relating to its sturdiness. 

Regardless of skimping on rubber from the outsole and its operating shoe-esque silhouette, the 9060 ideas the size at a hefty 15.1 oz (427g). Whereas that is heavier than the typical sneaker, we nonetheless discovered it to be comfy sufficient for normal day-to-day use in addition to gentle health actions or health club days. 

Heel stack

The 9060 boasts a moderately strong stack on the heel, measuring 37.2 mm thick in line with our caliper.

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That is considerably increased than common which signifies that we now have a number of protecting foam to dampen the impression of our landings as we stroll round on this shoe. 


The distinction in our stack heights leaves the 9060 with a drop top of 11.3 mm. This falls according to our present lab common and signifies that this offset ought to be comfy for most individuals. 

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it’s firm.

Utilizing our durometer to check the softness of the midsole yields a softer-than-average studying of 19.4 HA. 

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The 9060’s thick stack additional accentuates the plushness of the froth and had us luxuriating within the shoe’s cushioning as we examined it about city.

Insole thickness

At 3.6 mm thick, the 9060’s insole isn’t fairly as thick as our present lab common, although this didn’t current us with any issues whereas testing as we nonetheless loved a tender and well-padded floor inside the shoe that enhances the midsole cushioning. 

Lateral stability test

Whereas sneakers with excessive stacks of plush foam aren’t precisely identified to be steady, we discovered that the 9060 feels extremely well-planted when shifting our weight back and forth within the shoe. Within the following sections, we’ll break down how New Steadiness achieves this spectacular feat. 

Torsional rigidity

We discovered the 9060 to be fairly tough to bend and twist in our palms, main us to offer it a torsional rigidity rating of 4 out of 5. Which means the shoe mitigates any lateral flexion of our foot throughout our stride and, in doing so, maintains a comparatively stage base that retains every step feeling as surefooted because the final. 

Heel counter stiffness

The 9060’s generously padded heel counter is considerably agency and places up a mean stage of resistance to our guide manipulations, main us to offer it a rating of three out of 5. This represents mixture of consolation and stability because the shoe is structured sufficient to carry our foot in place whereas nonetheless being versatile sufficient to permit for pure actions. 

Midsole width in the heel

At 103.1 mm extensive in line with our caliper, the midsole can be considerably broader than common on the heel. Moreover, its flared design signifies that this strong platform does a superb job offsetting the potential imbalance of getting a lot plush foam underfoot. 


We secured the 9060 to our workbench and, utilizing our power gauge, discovered that 22N of power is required to bend it to 90 levels. 

As such, the 9060 is on par with the typical sneaker by way of flexibility which signifies that the shoe is ready to conform with the pure flexion of our foot with relative ease. That is one other key issue within the shoe’s forgiving experience that makes it comfy to put on for prolonged durations of time.

Grip / Traction

We loved glorious traction over quite a lot of surfaces whereas testing the 9060, although we should say that the rubber is sort of squeaky so the shoe is a head-turner in additional methods than simply visually. 

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Toebox width at the widest part

At 99.7 mm extensive at its widest level in line with our caliper measurements, the 9060’s toebox is correct on par with our present lab common which signifies that it ought to be capable of comfortably accommodate most foot shapes. Solely these with very broad toes would possibly discover the shoe to be just a little cosy. 

Toebox width at the big toe

The toebox tapers right down to 75.3 mm extensive within the space across the massive toe which can be according to our present lab common. 

Tongue: gusset type

The tongue is non-gusseted although, due to its form and ample padding, we didn’t expertise any slippage over the course of testing the shoe. 

Tongue padding

At 11.2 mm thick, the 9060’s tongue is significantly extra padded than the typical sneaker. This enables us to lock the shoe down securely and comfortably with none trace of lace chunk throughout our instep. 

Removable insole

The 9060’s default insole isn’t glued in, so eradicating it in favor of a customized orthotic for added arch help is feasible if obligatory.

Reflective elements

The 9060 is provided for nocturnal outings with a number of reflective components, chief amongst them being the “N” emblem emblazoned on the aspect of the shoe.