10 Best New Balance Running Shoes For Men in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best New Balance Running Shoes For Men in 2022

New Balance running shoes for men are just as good as NB’s running shoes for women. They bridge the gap between performance and style so well, running never looked and felt this good. 

In search of the best men’s running shoes from New Balance? Consider this guide your best friend. 

Here, we have narrowed it down to the ten most excellent models. We handpicked them from five different categories to help all types of runners.

How we review the best New Balance running shoes for men

We don’t cherry-pick. All the men’s running shoes from New Balance that make the cut go through a myriad of tests before they get chosen. 

In these assessments, we rigidly follow these steps: 

  • Buy each pair with our own money
  • Run in them for at least 30 to 50 miles 
  • Slice them open 
  • See and measure what’s inside via 30 parameters
  • Calculate their Corescore, combining feedback and comments from experts and users

Best New Balance running shoes overall for men

We found the New Balance Fresh Foam More 1080 v11 a daily running shoe where comfort is paramount! So much so that it lags behind in performance. Where it shines, however, is in its grip and surprisingly light weight. The grip was just flawless - on cement, wet and icy sections, it kept our strides stable.
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Even as a nitpicking expert, it was so hard for us to find a flaw from the Rebel v2 from New Balance! The usual case is that all-rounders are good at everything and great at nothing. But this shoe literally REBELS against that! It excelled at everything we paced it through - it's plush for easy recovery days and long runs, but exceptionally bouncy and peppy to pick up the pace in tempo sessions! 

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Best men's New Balance running shoes for race

A luxurious spa-day treat for the feet? We'd take the New Balance FiuelCell RC Elite v2 any day! The midsole is very plush but it has a plate that balances it out, making the ride not only cushy but also very snappy and stable. If you're looking for a mid to long-distance racing shoe that will outthrow the Swoosh, this, along with the MetaSpeed Sky, can do it handsomely! 

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If you want a ride that's close to the AlphaFly but for a much lower price and better durability, take the New Balance FuelCell TC. This is among the best carbon-plated running shoes we've tested! It's cushy and snappy, it will bolt you through your fast training sessions and high-mileage runs. For half marathons to full marathons, this is a racer that will let your set/break PRs!

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Best New Balance trail running shoes for men

A heavy-duty trail beast, the Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6 has proved to us it's more than capable of taking a beating from harsh elements! It crushes everything underfoot and will last plenty of miles. After putting it to the test, we found that it works best as a road-to-trail transition shoe and a light to moderate dedicated trail shoe.

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The composition of the Nitrel V4 from New Balance is centered on delivering superior traction, speed, and style, all packed in a lightweight package. Built for trail-specific performance, you can up your next off-road competition with this runner. Offered at an affordable price, the New Balance Nitrel V4 does not skimp on quality and comfort, encouraging enduring performance may it be on the roads or trails.
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Best men's New Balance running shoes for flat feet

New Balance’s stability running shoe provides amazing support for overpronators. Ever improving, the v12 has brought some new technology into this shoe while bringing back some of the features of the old upper.

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The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v5 is designed as the stability version of the 1080 series. And contrary to its precursor, it's a shoe that goes from zero to hero. It does its job so well, the ride it produces is a fantastic mix of comfort and stability, shining in easy runs.  The only catch is that it's a big no-no in tempo paces. It's just too hefty.  

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Best budget New Balance running shoes for men

We just loved the New Balance FuelCell Prism. It's a mild stability shoe that kept our feet supported all throughout our runs. It's not harsh, it's just subtle stability that even neutral runners will enjoy. More importantly, it's a fun ride too! It's got the bounce and it's light. In both wet and dry road conditions, this shoe did remarkably well!
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120 miles in, and we've got nothing but praises for the New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo's bouncy and light foam. It's a speed trainer that's pleasant to the feet with its smooth-rolling ride and breathable upper. BUT, the biggest issue it possesses is in its durability (or the lack thereof). The outsole just wears down super fast!
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.