New Balance® 990V6

The expected release date for the New Balance 990V6 is January 16, 2023.

The New Balance 990V6 will have the following features & updates:

  • The New Balance 990V6, still available in the pigskin leather and mesh similar design, should now have more mesh for breathability and flexibility with fewer leather inserts.
  • There is also a wider range of color options expected in the new model besides the general neutral ranges in the predecessor.
  • The New model will offer even better comfort, protection, and stability than the previous one, as New Balance will make slight changes in technology and materials used.
  • Furthermore, you can expect the same durable Blown rubber outsole, with a more lug tread, this time around.

Previous model of the 990:
The New Balance 990V5 release date was on May 21, 2020.

Latest Version of the New Balance 990


New Balance 990



  • The MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) for the New Balance 990V6 should be around $185, which is much similar to the previous model. However, there may be variations in price depending on the outlet you choose to buy from.

Arch support and pronation controlArch Support and Pronation Control

  • The New Balance 990V6 will technically be a Neutral running shoe.
  • However, I would suggest that it can be ideal for Overpronation and lower arch type because of the expected improvements to the stability and support features.
  • I would be recommended the New Balance 990V6 for a low to neutral arch type.


  • This will effectively be a road running and flat surface design running shoe.
  • I would not recommend the new model for trail and outdoor terrains that are slippery and uneven.
  • However, it will be robust enough and offer good traction for solid surfaces like roads, concrete, and tiled surfaces.


  • The New Balance 990V6 will be a running shoe and will be designed for road running.
  • You could also enjoy this new model for walking and casual everyday wear because it will be quite durable and fashionable in design.


  • Regarding durability, it will be very durable if you use the new model for its purpose.
  • I would not recommend using it in very wet and inclement weather or on outdoor trails.
  • Furthermore, I would like to add that the New Balance 990V6 will be very durable in materails and construction.

Fit and SizingFit and Sizing

  • As for fit and sizing, the New Balance 990V6 will be very accommodating.
  • Generally, the fit will be more roomy and relaxed.
  • You will also now find newer Extra Narrow up to Extra Extra Wide widths available, giving you many more fit options.


  • The ladies’ model will be a medium weight of around 317 grams.
  • For the gents, the weight may be around 388 grams.
  • Both models will be an ideal weight for a lightweight and comfortable walking and running shoe.

Elevation of the New Balance 990V6

Heel HeightHeel Height

  • The Heel height for the New Balance 990V6 is expected at around 30mm.
  • The height is aimed to be ideal for both running and walking purposes.

Forefoot HeightForefoot Height

  • The Forefoot height we can look at expecting around 20mm when you consider the heel to toe drop.
  • This is a generous stacking height that still offers ample flexibility.

Heel-to-Toe DropHeel-to-Toe Drop

  • Fro the heel-to-toe drop, you are assured that there will still be the generous 10mm range.
  • The 10mm heel-to-toe drop is quite average and ideal in running and walking shoes alike.

Components of the New Balance 990V6


  • For The outsole, the same cushioning and durable blown rubber will be used.
  • The heel-to-toe drop in the New Balance 990V6 will stay the same, as it needs no improvement.
  • However, there will be a change in the tread patterns to make it slightly more lug and durable for a larger variety of surfaces and terrains.


  • The New Balance 990V6 still employs their trusted ENCAP technology midsole, offering better stability, support, and maximum durability.
  • For comfort, you can still enjoy the NB cushioned insert.
  • However, they will improve the textile lining in the footbed to prevent slipping and wick away moisture.


  • The Uppers of the New Balance 990V6 will still consist of pigskin leather and mesh materails. However, there will be a larger mesh ratio compared to synthetic overlays for better flexibility and breathability.
  • The New model will likewise come out in a more attractive design and may be available in bolder colors this summer.
  • You have a completely friction-free and comfortable fit because of the no web application that the uppers will have.

New Balance® 990V6 vs. 990V5


New Balance 990V6

About the Author

David Alegeta

David is a long-distance hiker, a writer and an editor whose favorite topics include backpacking and trail running. He is an adventure athlete who covered over 20,000 miles. He frequently speaks to groups about the benefits of proper footwear and has written numerous articles on this subject. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his family.