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
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  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Classic Leather Design
  • ENCAP Midsole Core
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New Balance X608v4
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  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Abzorb Midsole
  • EVA footbed
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New Balance 690v1
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  • 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.

 

 

15 Best New Balance Shoes

 

 

1. New Balance X608v4

1. 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

2. New Balance 990v3

2. 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

3. New Balance T410

3. 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

4. New Balance 990v4

4. New Balance 990v4
The New Balance 990v4 comes in a variety of colors. It comes with some of New Balance’s best comfort and support technology, including an ENCAP and EVA core heel, a blown rubber outsole, and a dual-density foam collar. It isn’t a flashy shoe and won’t make a loud statement, but it makes up for that with great support and comfort.
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Breathable Mesh
Breathability is vital to the health of your feet. New Balance’s breathable mesh upper reduces blisters from sweaty, wet feet and helps to regulate the temperature in your running shoes.

Leather Strips
Leather is a firmer material than mesh. New Balance’s 990v4 running shoe comes with a leather strip overlay to make the upper more supportive. This reduces your risk of injury.

Cost and Value
The 990v4 has some high price points, but it can be found for mid-range prices. It’s worth the investment, however, because it comes with several great comfort and support features.
Pros
  • Breathable Mesh
  • Leather Strips
  • Blown Rubber Outsole
  • Lace Up Closure
  • Dual-Density Foam Collar
  • ENCAP PU Ring with EVA Core Heel
Cons
  • Sole may come loose
  • Inconsistent sizing

5. New Balance 1540v2

5. 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

6. New Balance 690v1

6. 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

7. New Balance 470v4

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

11. New Balance FF 1080v7

11. New Balance FF 1080v7
The Fresh Foam 1080v7 is the seventh version of the 1080 shoe, so New Balance has been building off a shoe design that worked. This version sports some of the latest in New Balance technology and it comes in a few stylish color schemes so you can run in style. It’s made with a blend of fabric and synthetic materials.
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Fresh Foam Cushioning
New Balance’s Fresh Foam is a lightweight cushioning material. The idea is that many of the best running shoes are lightweight. This technology reduces the shoe’s weight without sacrificing comfort.

Rubber Outsole
When out running, you need your running shoe to grip the ground so you don’t slip and fall. This shoe’s rubber outsole does just that so you can run safely.

Cost and Value
New Balance’s Fresh Foam 1080v7 comes in the middle-to-upper price range, but compared to some of the shoes on this list, it’s a great deal for the features it sports.
Pros
  • Fresh Foam Cushioning
  • Rubber Outsole
  • 8mm Drop
  • No Sew Overlay
  • Textile and Synthetic Upper
Cons
  • Poor arch support
  • May be stiff

12. New Balance 1260v6

12. New Balance 1260v6
The New Balance 1260v6 shoe is bright and demands attention. It’s stylish design teams up with five of New Balance’s patented comfort and support technologies to give you the very best in safety and comfort. This shoe was designed with a hardcore runner in mind, as it boasts T-Beam and ABZORB Crash Pad technologies for the best support and cushioning.
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ACTEVA LITE
New Balance’s ACTEVA LITE midsole cushioning technology is lightweight and effective. It boasts weighing 24% less than standard midsoles and is built with special Dupont Elvaloy and Dupont Engage technologies.

T-Beam
The 1260v6 boasts a special T-Beam support technology consisting of a long bar across the middle of your foot. Its meant to support your arch for a more stable run.

Cost and Value
The 1260v6 can be found in the upper middle-to-high price range, but its features include excellent cushioning and stabilization so you can run safely and comfortably.
Pros
  • ACTEVA LITE
  • T-Beam
  • ABZORB Crash Pad
  • FantomFit Upper
  • N2 Cushioning
  • Synthetic Sole
Cons
  • Firm sole
  • Sizing runs large

13. New Balance Leadville v3

13. New Balance Leadville v3
The Leadville v3 is a running trail shoe. For all of your nature lovers yearning to run outdoors, this is the shoe for you. It comes with many of New Balance’s best technologies. All of these technologies are combined to create a great running shoe. It even comes in a few colors so you can run those trails in style.
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Gusseted Tongue
A gusseted tongue in this New Balance running shoe prevents dirt, rocks, and other debris from getting into your shoe through the eyelets that are used to lace it up.

Vibram Outsole
The Vibram outsole in this New Balance running shoe is a flexible, durable outsole. It’s also designed to be very lightweight. You won’t have to sacrifice comfort for good durability.

Cost and Value
You can find the New Balance Leadville v3 in the lower middle-to-upper price range. It sports many of New Balance’s best technologies, though, so this shoe is worth the price.
Pros
  • Gusseted Tongue
  • Vibram Outsole
  • REVlite Midsole
  • N2 Forefoot
  • FantomFit Upper
Cons
  • Poor arch support
  • Inconsistent sizing

14. New Balance FF Vongo

14. New Balance FF Vongo
The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo is a stability running shoe designed with support in mind. However, this stability shoe does not sacrifice cushioning and comfort for support, making it a great running shoe. It bears a simple design and the color schemes aren’t bright and overbearing, so if you needed to, you could wear them in other situations, too.
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Fresh Foam
The Fresh Foam in the Vongo stability running shoe is a special kind of midsole foam cushioning which offers extra cushioning and comfort to you while you wear these shoes.

Rubber Outsole
This outsole is designed with traction in mind. If your shoe has little traction built into its outsole, you will likely slip and fall. This rubber outsole will protect you.

Cost and Value
The Vongo stability running shoe can be found in the middle-to-upper price range, but it comes with a number of great features to maximize your comfort on all your runs.
Pros
  • Fresh Foam
  • Rubber Outsole
  • No-Sew Upper
  • Molded Sockliner
  • Synthetic
Cons
  • Sizing runs small
  • Upper may wear down quickly

15. New Balance 410v4

15. 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

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.

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best New Balance Running Shoes

 

Stability

Why It’s Important

It’s happened to everyone at least once. You’re running and you’re enjoying the feel of the wind through your hair and you feel like you could conquer the world. Then it happens. What, you ask? You fall. Your ankle rolls, you slip on a damp surface, or you lose your balance. You get scrapes and bruises or a sprained ankle. Worst case scenario, you break a bone and you’re stranded in the middle of the woods or you’ve fallen in public and everyone is making a fuss.

Stability features in running shoes can save you a lot of pain, embarrassment, and discomfort. New Balance knows this and, as such, they’ve come up with several of their own, special stability features to make your run safer so you don’t have to worry.

Stability Features of New Balance Shoes
  • Tread
    This particular aspect of a running shoe isn’t something that New Balance has its own special technology for, but good New Balance running shoes have to have good treads on their shoes. You need good treads on the outsole so the shoes grip the ground as you run so you don’t slip and fall.
  • Fantom Fit
    New Balance’s FantomFit technology is an upper design for your shoe which fuses two materials together. This lightweight, no-sew upper is lightweight, but also supportive. Part of the upper is an overlay of a firmer material to support your foot as you run.
  • ProBank
    ProBank is a lightweight stabilization technology created by New Balance with running in mind. If you’ve ever had to make a hard turn on a run, you would know that the lateral movement involved in switching directions is unavoidable. ProBank is designed to keep the midsole in place and support your foot as you make that lateral movement by dispersing the force evenly.
  • Stabilicore
    Stabilicore is a New Balance technology designed to reduce flexing in the midfoot area as a means of arch support. This support technology is lightweight, as well, to reduce foot and leg fatigue from running.
  • Stability Web
    The Stability Web built into the outsoles of many New Balance shoes is designed to provide arch support. It’s made of a thermoplastic material. It smoothes out the transition from heel strike to toe-off.
  • T-Beam
    The T-Beam is a long bar centered in the shoe under your plantar fascia. It’s meant to support your arch and plantar fascia to reduce the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, a painful condition characterized by the inflammation of the plantar fascia.
  • S Roll Bar
    New Balance’s S Roll Bar is a support system built into the outsole of your shoe to limit rear foot movement. Specifically, the S Roll Bar in current and recent models works to prevent your feet from rolling both outward and inward. The S Roll Bar is made of two posts and a plate. One post goes along the outer edge of the shoe while the other rests along the inner edge of your shoe. That means no sprained or broken ankles from overpronation or supination!

Cushioning

Cushioning protects your feet from the impact of each footstrike as you run. When you are running, you exert more force on your feet, ankles, and legs than when you walk. For example, if you bumped into someone while you were walking, odds are that you’d just bounce off lightly and no one would get hurt. You’d continue on your way. However, if you were running and bumped into someone, you could shove them aside or one or both of you could fall. Someone could get hurt. The same goes for your feet when you are walking versus when you are running. That’s why you need shoes with sufficient cushioning for your feet. Fortunately, New Balance has a plethora of cushioning features that they use in their shoes to give you the very best in comfort.

New Balance Cushioning Features:
Lining:
  • Ortholite Lining
    New Balance offers a built-in sockliner from Ortholite in their shoes. This lining protects your feet from any abrasive seams in the upper of your shoe, but it also provides a soft layer to hug your feet.
Insole:
  • EVA Footbed
    The EVA footbed is exactly what it sounds like it is: an insole made of EVA foam. Most of the time, EVA is used in midsole technology, but the EVA footbed is another common use in New Balance shoes. It’s soft and springy to give you the most cushioning and rebound as you run.
  • XLT Performance Footbed
    Another type of foam insole, the XLT Performance footbed from New Balance is a continuous strip of foam which isn’t a blend of different materials. The footbed bears some grooves in areas which need the most flexibility and there’s a dip in the foam from the heel to the arch of the foot for support.
  • CUSH+
    This is a foam insole built to be lightweight and soft for the best cushioning. The CUSH+ foam is meant to be responsive, so it depresses easily when you step on it and returns to its original shape when you step off of it. It’s more durable and lightweight than many insoles.
Midsole:
  • ABZORB
    ABZORB is a special foam cushioning compound created by New Balance to reduce the shock of running on your feet by dispersing it through the rest of your foot and to your ankle and leg.
  • Fresh Foam
    New Balance’s Fresh Foam is a plush cushioning foam technology. It’s built into the midsole to give you a smooth, painless run.
  • ENCAP
    This material is a heel midsole piece which is made with EVA foam and a firm polyurethane rim. Together, these two materials create a stabilizing, cushioned effect. The materials are extra durable, too.
  • ACTEVA
    A midsole foam built with DuPont Engage, which is designed to be 12% lighter than most midsole foams.
  • ACTEVA Lite
    Like ACTEVA, ACTEVA Lite is built with DuPont Engage, but it also includes DuPont Elvaloy. It’s a lighter combination of materials, which is meant to be 24% lighter than most midsole foams, but it also has better compression properties than most.
  • ACTEVA Ultra Lite
    This midsole is built with DuPont Elvaloy and is meant to be 32% lighter than most midsole foams. It has the best compression properties.
  • C-CAP
    This midsole is made with EVA which has been compression-molded to give it maximum levels of cushioning. This material is also extra flexible.
  • N2
    N2 is a thinner midsole material, but it’s just as good at cushioning as the others. It’s built to be responsive to each footfall and it’s extra durable.
  • NERGY
    The NERGY midsole is designed to offer cushioning and support, but it can be molded and shaped to go in different parts of the midsole area to suit your needs. It’s designed by New Balance to be very responsive and to absorb a lot of shock.
  • Rapid Rebound
    New Balance’s Rapid Rebound midsole foam is built with a focus on energizing each of your steps with exceptional rebound capabilities.
  • REV Lite
    The REV Lite midsole foam is lightweight with the same cushioning capabilities as heavier midsole foams. It doesn’t sacrifice cushioning and protection for a lighter weight, either.
Outsole

Most New Balance outsoles are made of different kinds of rubber. Vibram is one of the most commonly used rubber outsoles. The rubber and other synthetic outsoles are designed to decrease the shock from each foot strike and to protect your feet from any rocks or other debris which may injure your feet.


Breathability

New Balance doesn’t have a lot of technology specifically designed by them for breathability, but many of the technologies that they have designed for other things, such as support and cushioning, also help with breathability. Lightweight, breathable materials are used in the construction and design of many New Balance shoes. Any New Balance shoe with a mesh upper or a mesh-with-leather-overlay upper will be more breathable than traditionally built shoes. Breathable shoes will reduce the retention of heat and moisture in your shoes so you can have a more comfortable run. Dryer feet will develop fewer blisters and won’t be sticky with sweat.

Durability

Durability and Value

You want a shoe that is going to last more than a month or two. No one wants to spend a lot of money on a shoe that will fall apart after a few hard runs. It’s a waste of money and of materials! That’s why you need to look for running shoes which are durable and you will be able to get your money’s worth out of them. Over time, every shoe will wear out, but the longer the life of your shoe, the less money you will be spending on your running gear.

Durability Features in New Balance Shoes:
  • Leather Strip Overlay
    Many New Balance shoes come with a leather strip overlay. This overlay usually tops a breathable mesh material to provide more support, but it also provides more durability. Lightweight, breathable meshes can be rather fragile, but the protective leather strip overlay can increase the durability of your running shoes, as leather is tougher than the synthetic materials found in meshes.
  • Fabric & Pigskin Leather Construction
    This combination of fabric and pigskin leather is a little different than the above-mentioned leather strip overlay. It’s also a little older and less breathable than more recently created upper materials for running shoes. However, the sturdier materials will promise a longer lifespan for your running shoes.
  • NDurance Outsole
    The NDurance outsole was specially designed by New Balance to be a more durable rubber outsole. It won’t wear down as quickly as other outsoles will and, because it’s rubber, it will have great traction, too!
  • Removable Insoles
    All New Balance shoes come with removable insoles. That may not seem like a big deal or even may seem like an admission on their part that their insoles are inferior to other brands! Not so! New Balance recognizes two important things about insoles. One, insoles are eventually going to wear out, no matter what the material is and two, not everyone needs the same insole in their shoes. Insoles are not one size fits all. If New Balance didn’t have removable insoles in their shoes, then once the insole wore out or you discovered that you need a custom insole, the shoes would be ready for the trash heap.

This also saves you money. If the outsole and upper of the shoe are in good condition, then you shouldn’t have to go out and buy a whole new pair of shoes when you could just replace the removable insole, which gives your shoes new life.

Protection

Stability features are great for preventing injuries from rolling an ankle and the like, but there are other protective features that a runner should consider before purchasing a shoe. When you’re out running, you need a shoe that will protect you from the elements and other environmental hazards. New Balance has some nifty protective technologies that they use in their running shoes for you to pick from!

New Balance Protective Features:
  • Gusseted Tongue
    A gusseted tongue is constructed so that it presses against the eyelets used to lace up your shoes. This closes the holes off so that dirt and debris cannot get into your shoe. The gusseted tongue is a lifesaver for trail runners because no one wants to run with rocks and dirt in their shoes.
  • Leather Strip Overlay
    Most running shoes are made with breathable mesh uppers. However, many of the best New Balance running shoes come with leather strips overlaid across the shoe. This changes your squishy mesh shoe into a shoe that can protect your feet from minor scrapes and other minor injuries. The leather strips increase the durability of the shoe, as well.
  • Reflective Detailing
    If you have ever gone running in the dark or at night, you understand why it’s so important to wear reflective gear when you’re doing that. It’s dangerous to run in the dark, even on a curb, when there is traffic around. Accidents happen and reflective detailing helps you stand out to drivers so they won’t accidentally hit you.
    Also, if you are out in the woods running a trail and you get hurt, the reflective detailing on your shoes can help attract attention from search parties if you are unable to call for help.
  • Rock Stop
    Stepping on a rock can be excruciatingly painful if you aren’t wearing the right kind of shoes. When you’re running and you step on a rock, it’s even worse! That’s why New Balance created Rock Stop, a technology they use to protect your feet act as both an extra cushion and an impenetrable wall between your sensitive feet and any rock that crosses your path. Rock Stop is an inner sole wedged between the midsole and the outsole of your shoe.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: New Balance shoes don’t always come with a name like other brands of running shoes. What do the numbers and letters used as their name mean?

A: New Balance used to use numbers and letters in a combination to reflect different properties of each of their shoes. Now, they’ve moved away from the numbering system they’ve been using to three different categories for newer shoe models to be sorted into.

Each product name in the old method, which they have not abandoned, is comprised of letters and numbers which correlate to the following aspects:

  • Gender and Sport/Activity
  • Shoe Price and Quality
  • Cushioning
  • The Version of the Shoe

So, the first two letters tell us if the shoe is for men or women and what the sport or activity is that they were made for. When you’re looking for running shoes, you would want to look for shoes with M or W (depending on your gender) followed by R for running.

The one or two numbers that follow the gender and sport letters denote how expensive the shoe is compared to other New Balance shoes. The bigger the number (for example 1260 versus 860), the more features the shoe would have and the higher the price would be.

The two numbers that follow the shoe price and quality number tell you how cushioned the shoe is. The higher, the more cushioned it is. 60 and 70 are stability shoes while 80 is a neutral cushioned shoe and 90 would be a minimalist shoe designed for speed rather than cushioning.

The v followed by a number tells you which version of shoe it is that you’re looking at. If the running shoe you’re looking at is a v2, then it’s the second version of the original model of the shoe.

Q: When should I buy new running shoes?

A: It depends on how much you run, how hard you run, and how durable your shoes are. If your shoes are wearing down and the heel looks squished, then it’s time for a new running shoe. However, if the sole is in good condition and hasn’t worn down to reveal the midsole, you can keep wearing your running shoes until they do wear down. If your insole wears down and doesn’t provide enough cushioning, though, you can replace the insole and extend the life of your shoe.

Q: How long do New Balance running shoes tend to last?

A: That varies by person. The environment you run in, your weight, how you run, how much you run, and how far you run all impact the life of your New Balance shoes.

Q: How can I extend the life of my New Balance running shoes?

A: You can extend the life of your New Balance running shoes by using them only for running. Taking proper care of your shoes and cleaning them correctly can extend the life of your running shoes, as well. Some New Balance shoes are made with strips of leather and those strips would need to be cleaned with leather-safe cleaning materials.

If the outsole and upper are in good condition, but you have found your insole is wearing down and the cushioning isn’t as effective as it used to be, you can replace the insole with a new one of your choice to extend the life of your New Balance shoes.

Q: My New Balance shoes squeak. How do I make them stop?

A: New Balance recommends that you try removing the insole (all New Balance insoles are removable, so you won’t be damaging your shoe!) and dropping some baby powder in it and leave it overnight. In the morning, dump the baby powder out and put the insoles back in. You shouldn’t have the squeaking problem anymore.

  • Another solution New Balance provides is to sand down the sides of the tongue of your shoe with sandpaper so it doesn’t scrape anymore.

Q: How tight of a fit should I get?

A: Your shoes should never hurt when you wear them, so if it’s so tight the shoe hurts your foot, you should pick a different shoe. You don’t want the shoe to be too loose, either, because it could slide off or cause blisters from your foot sliding around in it. You want to have ample room in the toe box for your toes to spread out naturally, but you want it to be tight enough so that your heel won’t slide out as you run.

Q: How do I wash my running New Balance running shoes?

A:   New Balance does not recommend that you put them in the washing machine. Some of the materials in some of their running shoes should not be submerged in a lot of water. Here are step-by-step instructions for washing your New Balance running shoes:

  • Take a brush, such as an old toothbrush, and scrub the outside of your shoes with it using laundry or dish detergent as soap. New Balance warns against the use of any detergent that has dye in it, because it may stain your shoe.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe the detergent and grime away.
  • Let the shoes air dry for twenty-four hours. Not just overnight. They need to air dry for twenty-four hours.
  • For stinky interiors, New Balance recommends you try a shoe deodorizing spray. They do not recommend that you wash the interior of the shoe.
  • In lieu of dish or laundry detergent, you can purchase shoe cleaning products, but this could be more expensive than just using a detergent you already have.

Q: Can I dry my New Balance running shoes in the dryer?

A: You should not dry your New Balance running shoes in the dryer. Some of the materials in New Balance running shoes should not be heated. Drying your New Balance shoes in the dryer could damage them.

Q: Can I use my New Balance running shoes to participate in other sports?

A: Yes, but to increase the longevity of your shoes, I would not recommend using them for other sports and activities. Running shoes will last longer if you use them only for running. It also depends on the sport. For example, you can’t use a running shoe instead of shoes with cleats when you’re playing soccer or football.

Q: How do I prevent odor development in my shoes?

A: Change your socks at least once a day and wear breathable socks. Cotton socks will soak up all of the sweat and turn your running shoes into a swamp, so avoid them when you’re going running a much as possible.

You can also air them out overnight or use a deodorizing spray or powder to eliminate any building smells.

Q: Can I wear my New Balance running shoes to work?

A: It depends on the workplace, but if you are allowed to wear casual shoes at work, then New Balance running shoes may be fine for that purpose. However, you will likely need to choose your color schemes carefully to make sure that your running shoes aren’t stealing all of the attention. After all, you want your work to shine at the office, not the shoes you’re wearing.

Q: I have custom insoles that I need to use in my running shoes. Can I use them in my New Balance running shoes?

A: Yes. All New Balance shoes come with removable insoles so you can replace them as they wear down or switch them out with custom insoles.

Q: Should I buy a cushioned running shoe or a stability running shoe?

A: That depends on your preference and foot needs. If you overpronate, then you should go for a stability shoe but if most stability shoes don’t provide enough cushioning, you may want to find custom insoles which will provide ample support to go in a pair of cushioned running shoes. The good news is that New Balance shoes all come with removable insoles, so you can replace them with any insole you want.

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New Balance, My Shoes Are Squeaking. How Do I Fix it?

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