7 Best New Balance Walking Shoes, 20+ Shoes Tested in 2022

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7 Best New Balance Walking Shoes, 20+ Shoes Tested in 2022

This guide focuses on the athletic walking shoes from New Balance. They are different from classic NB sneakers, like the 574, which are typically associated with the brand.

New Balance walking shoes are made for walking, hiking, and traveling. The primary focus of these shoes is set on comfort and support.

We have reviewed more than 20 walking shoes from NB to help you find your next favorite pair. Our tests covered various categories as some people may appreciate shoes with arch support, some are looking for a light shoe, and some want to add style to their casual outfits.

Our top picks below will help you fulfill each of these needs.

How we test walking shoes

Our teammates at RunRepeat keep an eye on all the walking shoe offerings from 12+ top brands, including New Balance. We consider both popular and little-known NB models to keep the competition fair.

  • We have researched all the nitty-gritty details of over 25 (and counting) NB walking shoes to understand the benefits they offer.
  • 46,000 reviews from experts and regular buyers have been summarized to compare and shortlist the top-performing shoes.

Our final verdict is presented in the form of CoreScore, a number from 1 to 100 found next to each model name.

Best New Balance walking shoes overall

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 v12
New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 v12

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,274 users
91 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Protective cushion
  • Lively ride
  • Smooth transitions
  • Stable when cornering
  • Comfy upper
  • Durable outsole
  • Welcomes wide feet
  • For heavy runners
  • Grippy on snow, slush, and slick surfaces
  • No lace bites
  • Great heel hold
  • An eye-catcher

Cons

  • Not for narrow feet
  • Bottom-heavy for fast runs
  • Questionable breathability

Verdict

If you're looking for a great middle between the more traditional, lower-stacked NB 880 v11 and the uber cushy NB Fresh Foam More v3, that's where the Fresh Foam X 1080 v12 sits. It's a comfortable cruiser that's perfect for anything easy to moderate. And with the copious amount of foam it possesses, it's a gem in long-distance runs where protection and stability are at the forefront. 

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 v12 full review

Best New Balance walking shoes for flat feet

New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v12
New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v12

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,371 users
88 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Excellent stability shoe
  • Good lacing
  • Looks the part
  • Comfortable
  • Consistent ride in any condition
  • Good grip
  • Perfect daily runner

Cons

  • Runs half a size small
  • Heel counter is not for everyone
  • Quite heavy

Verdict

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. 

New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v12 full review

Best lightweight New Balance walking shoes

New Balance Ralaxa
New Balance Ralaxa

CoreScore

87
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 12,229 users
N/A

Pros

  • Comfortable for long periods
  • Perfect fit
  • Lightweight
  • Supportive upper

Cons

  • Not enough arch support

Verdict

Having tested every other New Balance walking shoe currently available in the market, we can confirm that the rumors are true! The Ralaxa calls the shot among all the NB walking shoes!

Just by looking at the category it reigned supreme in, it is obvious that the New Balance Ralaxa is the lightest model in the brand’s range. At 7.2 oz, it sits far beyond the average weight of a walking shoe at 10 oz. If you think this is impressive, you should learn about its versatility.

We know it is common to use walking shoes casually, but this pair’s classic yet modern aesthetic paired with its supportive build can elevate your daily walks and hangouts.

And it gets better! All of these for only $65? It’s mind-blowing, to say the least.

New Balance Ralaxa full review

Best trendy New Balance walking shoes

New Balance 327
New Balance 327

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,556 users
N/A

Pros

  • Fashionably sporty
  • Well-ventilated upper
  • Chic colorways
  • Superb grip
  • Lightweight
  • Suitable for driving
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Average quality only
  • Tight on the midfoot and forefoot

Verdict

Strut the streets in comfort and style with the New Balance 327. Inspired by several running shoes, this model stands out for its classic design with a contemporary vibe. It supplies lasting comfort, superb ventilation, and a reliable grip, designed to keep you feeling comfortable all day long.

New Balance 327 full review

Best New Balance walking shoe for trail

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6

CoreScore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 4,082 users
91 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Super plush
  • Protective underfoot
  • Amazing lockdown
  • Easy to put on (heel loop!)
  • True to size
  • Heel rudder
  • Looks amazing
  • Value at $135

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Runs warm
  • Could be grippier

Verdict

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

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6 full review

Best value New Balance walking shoes

New Balance 623 v3
New Balance 623 v3

CoreScore

91
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 77,859 users
N/A

Pros

  • Supportive midsole
  • Stylish
  • Good color selection
  • Relieves foot issues
  • Reasonably priced
  • Fits perfectly

Cons

  • Upper and sole durability issues

Verdict

Comfort? Check. Stylish? Check. Podiatrist-recommended? Check. Revel in these incredible features without breaking the bank. We introduce you to the pair that took first place for the most affordable NB walking shoe - the 623 v3!

After comparing 20+ New Balance footwear, the numbers reveal that the New Balance 623 v3 has the best value for money in the range. Selling for merely $70, we got to experience every necessity we require in an adequate walking shoe in this pair!

We were taken aback by its superb comfort and support! The pain that we usually experience after being on our feet for 10 minutes was nowhere to be found, thanks to the 623 v3’s stable base, shock-absorbing midsoles, and pillowy yet supportive cushioning.

The shoe also looked stylish to boot! With chunky/dad sneakers still in fashion, this pair boosted our confidence as we received many compliments from strangers. 

Despite it not having revolutionary features, the NB 623 v3 ticks off all the essentials for our walking escapades. It certainly earned its spot on the top!

New Balance 623 v3 full review

What makes walking shoes from New Balance stand out

Big focus on arch support. Originally started as an arch support manufacturer, the brand has always taken flat feet and overpronation seriously.

Multiple width options. New Balance is one of the very few major athletic brands that make shoes in several width options, from Extra Narrow to Extra Wide.

Diabetes approved. Nearly every pair of New Balance walking shoes is recognized as appropriate for people with diabetes. These shoes are given the A5500code and are subject to Medicare reimbursement.

3 questions to ask before buying an NB walker

1. Use: city or trail?

If you need a walking shoe for commuting, working on concrete or tile floors, going shopping, or simply getting through your day, consider New Balance shoes for urban use.

If what you have on your mind are forest trails, countryside roads, and not very rocky mountain tracks, go for the brand’s trail walking shoes. These models are also waterproof.

2. Style: athletic or classic?

Athletic

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Classic

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lightweight

breathable

flexible

cheaper

sturdy

supportive

durable

most come with arch support

most are approved for diabetes

some have Velcro straps

more expensive

3. Arch support: needed or not?

If in doubt, see the illustration below to guide you. You can also learn more about pronation and arch support in our meta-analysis of 150+ studies on the topic.

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Other New Balance shoes to consider

Apart from the dedicated walking shoes, your daily walking needs may also be satisfied by New Balance sneakers and running shoes.

However, the choice will depend on your personal preferences in footwear. Here is how these three categories differ:

New Balance sneakers

New Balance walking shoes

New Balance running shoes

All-day support

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Motion control

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Lightness

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Style

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New Balance walking shoes are best for those who want to feel supported all throughout the day and look for a more conservative shoe style.

Author
Laci
Laci

Laci is a contemporary dancer turned shoe aficionado. She is the most knowledgeable person when it comes to athletic shoes, size conversions and details people nitpick about footwear. She keeps the RunRepeat content gears turning 24/7. And she walks 20miles/week.