Best New Balance Running Shoes Reviewed & Compared

Do you need a dependable running shoe, but also need to spend money on little luxuries such as food or rent? New Balance is here to help you out. This is a dependable brand that most everyone already knows about. Their shoes are high quality. More importantly, they are reasonably priced. This is a perfect brand for someone who is looking for a new running shoe that won’t break the bank.

Last Updated: December 20, 2017
By Sarah Campbell:

This update containes the creation of the post and the addition of the introduction, top ten list, and conclusion.

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New Balance 990v3
  • New Balance 990v3
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Classic Leather Design
  • ENCAP Midsole Core
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New Balance X608v4
  • New Balance X608v4
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Abzorb Midsole
  • EVA footbed
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New Balance 690v1
  • New Balance 690v1
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • No Sew Upper
  • Gusseted Tongue
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My own family has trusted the New Balance name for as long as I can remember. My father was injured in an accident at work, and his foot was never quite the same afterward. Wearing New Balance shoes helps alleviate some of the pain his injury still causes him to this day. I have never seen him wear any other brand of shoe.

But with so many kinds of New Balance shoes out there, how do you know which ones you should wear? New Balance has a somewhat confusing naming system, so if you don’t know what you’re getting into looking at the collection of letters and numbers might not help much when it comes time to decide what you want to buy. Never fear, we’re here to help. We have sorted through all of the options on the market, and have come up with this list of the best of the best shoes. There is a healthy mix of trail running and street running shoes, so no matter where you like to run you can find a New Balance shoe that fits your needs.

 

10 Best New Balance Shoes

 

1. New Balance T610v5

The first shoe to make our list is from New Balance's line of trail running shoes. These hardy shoes are designed to keep your feet comfortable and dry on even the toughest trails. The mesh sides keep your feet breathing while you sweat it out on the trail. New Balance's special AT Tread design allows for maximum traction both on and off the beaten path.
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AT Tread
A special tread pattern that combines the sensibilities of a road running shoe with the powerful grip of a trail shoe's lugs. These shoes will keep you moving on any terrain.

Breathable Mesh
There aren't many things that are worse for your run than a swampy running shoe. Thanks to the mesh siding on these shoes you won't have to worry about a little sweat ruining your run.

Cost and Value
These shoes will not break the bank. If you’re on a budget and need a solid trail running shoe you should start your search here. You won't be disappointed.
Pros
  • AT Tread
  • ABSORB Sole
  • Breathable Mesh Sides
  • Padded Collar
Cons
  • Color of the shoe does not always match the color in the pictures.

2. New Balance FF 1080v6

This brightly colored shoe is both comfortable and exciting. Its thick platforms are excellent for the runner who wants to take a long journey through their neighborhood. These shoes boast a lightweight foam midsole that will cushion your feet without weighing you down. The futuristic mesh design will keep the shoes snug on your feet as you run.
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Fresh Foam
The foam midsole will help cushion your feet during your long runs without feeling like you're dragging around lead weights on your feet. The added comfort and shock absorption should allow you to train harder for longer.

Bootie Construction
Don't let the mesh exterior fool you. Underneath the protective mesh there's a comfortable Ortholite lined bootie. Your shoes will be snug on your feet, without stinking the place up.

Cost and Value
These shoes are a little more pricey than other options on this list. Despite that, these are a great bargain. If you prefer a thick soled running shoe with a lot of shock absorption you should look into getting a pair of these.
Pros
  • Fresh Foam Midsole
  • Ortholite Lining
  • Fashionable Mesh Overlay
  • Arc Support
Cons
  • Feels Too Wide For Some Customers

3. New Balance 481v2

These trail running shoes are designed to be more durable than their brethren. The NDurance rubber reinforces high wear areas, keeping these shoes running stronger for longer. These shoes also have the AT Tread that make these shoes perfect for the trail or around town. Your feet will remain nice and cushioned with the EVA padding in the footbed and the midsole.
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EVA Footbed
EVA is a co-polymer that is often used as a shock absorber in athletic shoes. This shoe has two layers of EVA padding. One in the footbed and one in the midsole. This extra protection will help keep your feet from getting sore no matter how far you run.

NDurance
New Balance reinforced the high wear areas of these shoes with an extra tough rubber compound. You can train harder for longer without worrying about wearing down your soles.

Cost and Value
These shoes are surprisingly affordable given how high quality they are. If you're looking for a good value shoe that can stand up to a rocky trail, here is a good place to start looking.
Pros
  • Two Layers of EVA Padding
  • Non-Marking Outsole
  • NDurance
  • AT Tread
Cons
  • Run Narrow

4. New Balance 470v4

4. New Balance 470v4
This lightweight running shoe will make sure your morning jog is a comfortable one. The XLT Performance Footbed and the EVA foam midsole keeps your feet cushioned while you run. There's no need to worry about your feet overheating while running in these, as the sides are made from a breathable mesh that will keep your feet cool and dry.
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XLT Performance Footbed
Although the footbed was designed for maximum comfort and performance, the designers know that every foot is different. What is comfortable for one person will lack in
support for another. Like all New Balance running shoes, the insole is removable.

Mesh Pannels
It's easy to convince yourself to cut your run short when your feet are overheating. The mesh panels on these shoes will keep your feet cool while you sweat it out.

Cost and Value
These shoes are definitely the best value on this list. A solid choice for a new runner who doesn't want to dump hundreds of dollars into a pair of shoes or for the veteran runner who is looking to save a little extra.
Pros
  • EVA Foam Midsole
  • XLT Performance Footbed
  • Even-Wearing Traction Outsole
  • Mesh Pannels
Cons
  • Run Small

5. New Balance 690v1

5. New Balance 690v1
A modern trail shoe for a modern trail runner. No longer does the trail runner need to sacrifice functionality for fashion. As with all the New Balance trail shoes on this list, these shoes have AT Tread all terrain outsoles. The colorful no-sew uppers prevent the annoying sensation of shoe seams rubbing against your feet as you run. Your feet will be as comfortable as ever when you run on these IMEVA foam midsoles.
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No-Sew Upper
The upper section of this shoe was designed to fit together without any need for sewing the pieces together. You'll have no seams to hold you down.

Gusseted Tongue
The gusset on this tongue helps keep debris from finding their way into your shoe while you run. This is especially important while running on a trail. Nothing is worse than having to stop every few feet to remove pebbles from your shoes.

Cost and Value
Powerful and stylish shoes are hard to come by, especially at a price as low as this one. If you're in need of a trail runner, you'd best snap this one up before New Balance realizes what a terrible mistake they've made.
Pros
  • Gusseted Tongue
  • IMEVA Sole
  • AT Tread Outsole
  • No-Sew Upper
Cons
  • Actual Colors Do Not Match Pictures

6. New Balance 410v4

6. New Balance 410v4
A rugged trail running shoe that won't quit until you do. The overlay layer design protects your feet from the elements when you decide to get off the beaten path and blaze your own trails. The plush padded collar will keep your shoe fitting snugly where it belongs. Without having to worry about your heel slipping out or blistering, you can focus your energies on making the most of your run.
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Striped Ghillie Lacing
A style of lacing that comes from Scottish dance shoes, these unique looking laces will keep your shoes firmly in place no matter what kind of jumps you put them through.

Plush Collar
Just because the trail is rough, that doesn't mean that your feet have to suffer for it. The plush padding on the collar will keep your shoes feeling snug and comfortable while you run.

Cost and Value
Another surprisingly good deal on running shoes. For the price New Balance is offering you'll be able to buy two shoes in different colors. Or perhaps just go buy yourself a snack you'll have to work off later.
Pros
  • Protective Overlay
  • AT Tread Outsole
  • Ghillie Lacing
  • Padded Collar
  • XLT Performance Footbed
Cons
  • Short Shelf Life

7. New Balance 1540v2

7. New Balance 1540v2
A solid shoe for beginners. The motion control running system is spearheaded by a dual layer of padding in the midsole and the roll bar support system in the heel. The no-sew design along with the breathable mesh tops and the padded tongue and collar will keep your feet from ever wanting for comfort. These shoes may even be eligible for Medicare reimbursement.
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Roll Bar Support
Specially designed to reduce the movement of the rear of your foot while you run, this is a perfect shoe for someone who is just starting out or someone who needs a little help with their form.

Motion Control Design
While a little pronation is natural, if your ankle rolls too far you can seriously hurt yourself. Do you have a problem with overpronation? Not anymore you don't. These shoes were designed to help prevent your feet from rolling too far while you're running.

Cost and Value
These are some of the pricier shoes on the list, but paying a little more for shoes that can help prevent shin splints or plantar faciistis will save you both literal pain and money in the long run. It is well worth paying the extra money up front.
Pros
  • Roll Bar Support
  • No-Sew Upper
  • Dual Density Collar Foam
  • Polyurethane Insert
Cons
  • Stiff Sole May Not Be For Everyone

8. New Balance T410

8. New Balance T410
A smart trail running shoe with a classic style, the T410v4 strikes the balance between comfort and protection. The ghillie style lacing will keep the shoes from slipping off your feet while the AT Tread will keep your feet from slipping out from under you. Strategically placed mesh and leather will keep your feet cool but protected from the perils of the trail, while the foam insole and XLT Footbed will keep your feet feeling comfortable.
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Stripe Overlay
This trail shoe was designed with durability in mind. While there are gaps where the mesh shows through, this shoe is constructed from strips of tough leather. It doesn't sacrifice protection for breathability.

All Terrain Outsole
The rugged outsole was made to be worn on any terrain. The deep lugs will allow you to get superior traction on any terrain, while remaining comfortable enough to wear for everyday use as well.

Cost and Value
These shoes do tend to run on the more expensive side for New Balance. While the price may be a little higher than the other shoes on this list, they are still worth looking into if you're looking for a trustworthy trail running shoe.
Pros
  • AT Tread
  • XLT Footbed
  • Leather and Mesh Overlay
  • IMEVA Midsole
Cons
  • Run Narrow

9. New Balance 990v3

9. New Balance 990v3
A classic pig skin design with all of the features of a modern shoe. New Balance has thrown just about every proprietary technology they have onto this shoe. Lightweight Abzorb midsoles, Encap midsole cores, NDurance rubber soles, this shoe is the result of years of research and innovation. The detailing is reflective, so you don't have to worry about running at night.
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Fabric and Pig Skin Design
By strategically mixing and matching pig skin and fabric the upper sole retains that classic look and protection of an older shoe while also remaining as cool and breathable as newer designs.

ENCAP
A midsole core that fills a solid polyurethane frame with soft EVA cushioning. The core is focused under the heel, leaving you with a little extra spring in your step.

Cost and Value

Although these shoes are a little pricey, the quality of the product more than makes up for the price tag. The miles you put on these shoes will be well worth the price of admission.
Pros
  • Classic style
  • ENCAP
  • Abzorb Midsoles
  • NDurance Outsoles
  • Reflective Detailing
Cons
  • Reported to Develop and Odor

10. New Balance X608v4

10. New Balance X608v4
The X608v4 is a well rounded shoe for athletes of all sorts. The textile lining and EVA cushioned insole will keep your feet comfortable while you train for that marathon. The dual-density padded collar and padding in the tongue will keep your shoe in place while you run. New Balance designed this sole with its special Abzorb padding for extra shock absorption.
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Abzorb Midsole
This proprietary midsole design adds cushion where you need it while also resisting compression while you run. The result is more than adequate shock absorption for your feet and legs, allowing for a smoother more comfortable run.

EVA Footbed
While many of the shoes on this list use an EVA midsole, this shoe uses and EVA footbed on top of the extra cushioning midsole. Your feet will feel as if you're running on clouds in this shoe.

Cost and Value
Despite being one of the highest rated shoes on this list, it is also one of the cheapest. They have all of the comfort of a high-end running shoe, without the downside of costing a small fortune. These shoes are an amazing bargain.
Pros
  • Abzorb Midsole
  • EVA footbed
  • Dual-density Padded Collar and Tongue
  • IMEVA Sole
Cons
  • Run About a Half Size Too Small

With such a great selection at such reasonable prices it really is hard to pick just one kind of New Balance to wear. Fortunately, they have enough variety that you can get different shoes for different situations. Are you looking for a shoe that focuses on speed or one that helps keep your ankles from rolling? Do you need a trail shoe that won’t let you down, or are you planning on running on the street and need a little extra cushion? New Balance has you covered. The ability to remove the insoles and substitute your own in every New Balance shoe is a welcome addition to an already amazing stable of features.

High quality materials and designs that put function over form keep this brand competitive in the ever evolving market of specialty footwear. New Balance is a name brand quality shoe for a budget price. These are excellent shoes for anyone looking for a shoe to run in or simply for a comfortable shoe to go for a walk in.