UPDATE Jan. 2, 2014: Click for full photos of the 2014 New Balance run Disney shoes
New Balance and runDisney announced today that they’re rolling out another edition of the popular Disney shoes, this time with new characters and a new shoe style. Cinderella and Goofy will adorn the 890v4 for women and men respectively, a neutral cushioning running shoe.
They’d teased the new shoes at the 2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which I attended as press courtesy of New Balance and runDisney. But only now revealed just what they’ll be.
Different New Balance Shoe Type
The current shoe in the runDisney and New Balance line of running shoes is the 860v4, a traditional stability shoe for overpronators. The men’s shoe weighs 10.9 oz and the women’s shoe weighs 8.9 oz.
Whereas, the 890v4 weighs just 8.5 oz for men and 6.64 oz for women.
Now, with a lightweight neutral shoe in the line, more types of runners can race with Disney characters on their feet.
“It’s really for somebody who wants a faster experience in a shoe, in a neutral cushioning shoe,” said Byran Gothie, senior product manager for New Balance, in a video announcing the product. “Not necessarily a fast runner, but somebody who is just looking for a lighter weight, premium cushioning experience and just wants that go-fast experience.”
New Disney Characters
But not only is a new shoe type entering the mix, but new characters too.
While the 2013 Disney shoes featured classic Mickey and Minnie in the New Balance 860s and the 2014 Disney shoes will feature sorcerer Mickey and pink polka dot Minnie, the 890s will have different characters altogether.
Gothie called Cinderella “a no-brainer” as the choice for the next female character in the series. The shoes will feature her signature colors—blue, of course.
The men’s shoes will be fashioned after Goofy, with elements inspired by the lovable dog. Both the Cinderella and Goofy designs will debut in January.
Choose Your Disney Shoes
While some runners will no doubt choose their Disney shoes based on the character, runners should choose by the type of shoe.
Which is right for you? The 890s will be best for runners with normal to high arches and a neutral gait. The 860s are better suited to runners with flat arches who overpronate.
Not sure which you are? Take a simple wet-test, like this one from Runner’s World.
As a neutral runner and major Cinderella fan, this is great news for me.
My dog‘s name is Cinderella and I’ve run two Disney races as Cinderella with my husband as my sidekick—2012 Disney Princess Half Marathon as Cinderella and Prince Charming, and the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon as Cinderella in rags and Jacques the Mouse.
I don’t wear stability shoes, so I haven’t run in the first edition of the Disney shoes. But methinks I’m going to have to get my hands on a pair of the Cinderella 890v4 Disney shoes. They’re available only at runDisney race expos.
Here’s a look at the 2014 Mickey and Minnie 860s: Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Polka Dot Minnie Inspire 2014 New Balance Disney Shoes
And a look at the original 2013 Mickey and Minnie shoes: New Balance, Disney Launch Disney Running Shoes
Want more runDisney? Check out my page with race reports, costume guides and more: runDisney
I attended the 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon courtesy of runDisney and New Balance. But as always, all opinions are purely my own. For more information, read my Disclosure Policy.