4 Best New Balance Tennis Shoes in 2023

Brenton Barker
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4 Best New Balance Tennis Shoes in 2023

Like other sports performance shoes produced by New Balance, its tennis shoes are the go-to options for players with broad feet. And though New Balance tennis shoes are pretty underrated compared to other big labels like Nike, ASICS, and Adidas, some of these kicks excel on the court. 

We took time to scrutinize and actually playtest heaps of NB court shoes meant for rocking it on the hardcourt and multiple tennis surfaces. We spent no less than 16 hours a week to find out which NB shoes land among our top picks. From the two-week drill test, we had the chance to sift out which tennis shoes are superbly cushioned, light and agile, and the cheapest. Check out our verdict below.

How we test tennis shoes

Coming up with unbiased reviews takes effort. Here is the procedure we follow before providing our top picks:

  • New Balance didn't supply us with the shoes. We buy ALL the shoes from our funds; we examine and playtest them objectively.
  • We assess them based on performance, playability, comfort, durability, and traction.
  • We also collate ALL available reviews from regular users and legit tennis shoe experts.
  • We rate each shoe from 1-100 using our automated Corescore tool.
  • Finally, we consolidate the result of our two-week wear-test with the ratings taken from the aggregate reviews to roll out these top choices.  

Best New Balance tennis shoes overall

New Balance Fresh Foam X Lav V2
New Balance Fresh Foam X Lav V2

CoreScore

81
Good!
4.1 / 5 from 223 users
80 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Plenty of responsive cushioning
  • Off-the-charts stability
  • 6-month durability warranty
  • Excellent grip (hard and clay)
  • Spacious toebox
  • Feels light on the foot
  • Visually appealing
  • Good for plantar fasciitis

Cons

  • Requires a break-in period
  • Not durable for the price
  • Lacks breathability
  • Too high up the ankles

Verdict

A ton of underfoot cushioning meets top-notch stability in the Fresh Foam X Lav V2 from New Balance. No matter which direction you jump or slide into while reaching for the ball, this tennis shoe is ready to pick you up and get you back into the starting position. As long as you don’t mind taking some time to break in the shoes.
New Balance Fresh Foam X Lav V2 full review

Best New Balance all court tennis shoes

New Balance 1006
New Balance 1006

CoreScore

84
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 2,492 users
87 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • No break-in period
  • Supportive
  • Lightweight
  • Provides ample traction
  • Breathable
  • Sleek

Cons

  • Too sturdy

Verdict

New Balance kept the MC 1006 sleek and clean, which got the interest of players searching for supportive and stable court shoes. Its innovative midsole minimizes impact, making it one of the most comfortable New Balance tennis trainers in the market.
New Balance 1006 full review

Best cushioned New Balance tennis shoes

New Balance 696 v4
New Balance 696 v4

CoreScore

79
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 4,851 users
N/A

Pros

  • Offers decent support and stability
  • Comfortable to use
  • No long break-in time
  • Extremely light
  • Excellent value for money

Cons

  • Tighter than expected
  • Doesn’t have enough space in the toe box

Verdict

Flexing your tennis skills on cross courts using shoes that come light on the budget? New Balance got you covered with the 696 v4. It allows you to tackle and perfect those backhand, forehand, and groundstroke shots with the much-needed support. It won’t drag your foot down as it comes even lighter than the third-generation model.
New Balance 696 v4 full review

Best value New Balance tennis shoes

New Balance 806
New Balance 806

CoreScore

83
Great!
4.1 / 5 from 2,039 users
94 / 100 from 1 expert

Pros

  • Exceptionally stable
  • Amply cushioned sole
  • Excellent court grip
  • Adorable classic design
  • Long-lasting outsole
  • Durable

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Long break-in time
  • Too narrow

Verdict

The New Balance 806 is designed not to fail the expectations of consumers who need a trainer packed with tons of support. It isn’t only equipped with a torsional control mechanism in the forefoot but a responsive cushioning too that wears off pressure underfoot during foot strikes.
New Balance 806 full review
Author
Brenton Barker
Brenton Barker

Brenton is an Australian with 20 years of experience coaching WTA and ATP professional tennis players, whom have won a total of 10 international professional Tournaments. Brenton holds a Degree in Sports Coaching and was the former Head Tennis Coach at the Japanese Government Sports Science Institute. Brenton was also a former Manager & Head Coach of Australia’s Governing Sporting Body, Tennis Australia, and has been a Dunlop International Advisory Board Member since 2010. Additionally, Brenton was the Head of Player development for World No 7 and two-time Grand Slam Champion Johan Kriek.