10 Best New Balance Running Shoes For Women in 2022

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10 Best New Balance Running Shoes For Women in 2022

Women’s running shoes from New Balance are not just stylish. They’re also ready to fuel your runs with unmatched energy return and comfort. 

With hundreds of New Balance running shoes for women, it can be confusing. But because our mission is to help all runners, we took it upon ourselves to test and painstakingly select the ten best women’s running shoes from New Balance from five different categories.

How we choose the best New Balance running shoes for women

When we say “painstakingly,” we mean absolute thoroughness. As in, we buy them with our own money to avoid brand loyalty. Plus, we examine them carefully in our independent shoe testing facility. 

Those aside, we also go through the rigorous process of: 

  • Running in each New Balance women’s running shoes for at least 30 to 50 miles
  • Slicing them into pieces 
  • Measure and assess their parts via 30 parameters
  • Generate their Corescore using hundreds of comments from users and experts

Best New Balance running shoes overall for women

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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Best road New Balance running shoes for women

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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The New Balance Fresh Foam More is a maximalist daily trainer that amazed us with its cushy and impact-absorbing ride! It's on the superlatives of comfort, we couldn't recommend it more for long runs and recovery days. Apart from its uber plush construction, what sets it apart from other max-cushioned shoes is that it's velvety smooth in its ride. It rolls you through your gait effortlessly and seamlessly.
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Best New Balance trail running shoes for women

New Balance has made an incredibly comfortable, beautiful-looking shoe, inspired by the ruggedness of the current trail trend. They may not actually be too suited for any serious trail running, but with looks like this, you’ll still get lots of wear out of them.
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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 neutral New Balance running shoes for women

The Fresh Foam More v2 is an update to an up-and-coming series that caters to fans of max cushioning. This New Balance running shoe touts a lightweight construction despite its generous midsole piece. The New Balance Fresh Foam More v2 is soft, comfortable, and a great shoe for recovery. It delivers a comfortable, cushioned ride for long, easy runs.
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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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Best budget New Balance running shoes for women

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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Jovana Subic
Jovana Subic

Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.