10 Best New Balance Running Shoes (Buyer's Guide)

Author: Jens Jakob Andersen. Updated: .

New Balance continues to innovate today, making a wide collection of shoes that are designed for road and trail running. If you want to get a new pair, this guide will help you pick the right one. 

 

How we review our New Balance running shoes

Here at RunRepeat, we give each New Balance running shoe a CoreScore of 0 to 100, indicating how liked the shoe is among the actual users.

We also spend hours each day doing research and reading thousands of user and expert reviews around the internet.

We have more than 150 New Balance running shoes in one list. The ranking is based on more than 700 experts and 100,000 user reviews

Popular running shoes aren't the better rated ones

68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 100
High Popularity Low
10 best shoes
21 most popular shoes

If you want a separate list of New Balance road shoes and New Balance trail running shoes, check out these buy pages:

 

A 4-step guide to buying New Balance running shoes

 

1. Determine the running surface

Road and trail running shoes are designed differently. Road shoes are generally more responsive, flexible, and more breathable than trail running shoes.

Trail shoes, on the other hand, delivers better traction, foot protection, and durability. Because of the added protective features, trail shoes are generally heavier as compared to road running shoes.

 

2. Choose the right shoe based on your arch type

Wearing the right shoe that matches your gait will give you a more comfortable running experience. It is also useful when traversing firm and rough surfaces.

Not sure which one to pick? Here's a quick guide for you:

 

Arch Type

Foot Mechanic

Recommended Shoe Type

High Arch

Underpronation/ Supination

Neutral running shoes

Medium Arch

Neutral Pronation

Neutral running shoes

Mild Overpronation

Stability running shoes

Flat Arch

Severe Overpronation

Motion-control running shoes

 

3. Consider the type of run and shoe feel

In choosing the best New Balance running shoes, determine the type of run you will be doing.

 

Type of run

All Types

(any distance, any pace)

Tempo/Speedwork

(fast, uptempo runs and training)

Race day

(competitive running)

well-cushioned shoes

breathable

supportive

supportive but flexible

durable rubber outsole

cushioned 

roomy toe-box

lightweight

flexible

responsive

snug fit

 

You need also to identify how you want each step to feel. New Balance categorizes their shoes into three shoe feel - soft, moderate, direct.

 

Shoe feel

Soft

Moderate

Direct

maximum cushioning

plush yet supportive

medium cushioning

flexible

light

lightly cushioned

close ground contact

responsive

 

4. Understand New Balance numbering system

Some New Balance running shoe models have numbers on their names, which can be confusing for those who are not familiar with the brand’s numbering system. 

Here’s how you read the style or model number:

  • The letters represent the gender and sometimes the activity - M = Men’s; W= Women’s. Here are a few other examples: MT = Men's Trail, WT = Women's Trail, and US = Made in the USA
  • The level of performance refers to the number of technologies. However, New Balance emphasized that while most of their “higher-numbered” models feature more technologies than those “lower-numbered”, it is not always the case. 
  • The two digits refer to the shoe type.
  • Version number refers to the times the model has been updated.

 

Additional features of New Balance running shoes

  • Waterproof - Some New Balance road and trail running shoes have waterproof features. These shoe models are equipped with GTX membrane that keeps the feet dry on wet and rainy running conditions.
  • Slip-resistant - A few trail running shoes from New Balance are slip-resistant. It is made possible by the Vibram MegaGrip outsole that delivers maximum grip and multi-directional traction.

The best New Balance running shoes in every category

Now, are you ready to buy new balance running shoes?

Author
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.

jens@runrepeat.com