Facts

  • Terrain
    Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use
    Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    Price
    $350
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 14.9oz
    Women: 14.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many liked the luxurious look and design of the New Balance 2040 v3.
  • It is very durable as mentioned in some reviews.
  • The 2040 v3 features the Horween nubuck leather upper with plush cushioning.
  • Despite being too heavy, some mentioned that this shoe is still comfortable to wear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is very expensive.
  • It is very heavy to most runners.

Bottom line

The New Balance 2040 v3 features the state of the art American-made Horween nubuck leather. It is very heavy and expensive, but it does not disappoint runners because of its luxurious look, comfortable fit, reliable arch support, and top-quality construction. This shoe is ideal for everyday running and daily trainings.

Rankings

Updates to New Balance 2040 v3

  • The encompassing Nubuck leather caused some breathability issues that New Balance effectively answers with the updates in the 2040 v3. Enhancing the shoe breathability are the numerous and bigger perforations in the upper. The ventilation of the shoe gets a decent upgrade with these new holes.
  • Support gets a boost in this version as well. This model features one substantial overlay that provides almost 360 degrees of support. New Balance uses this same overlay to cradle the heel and prevent slippage in this area.

New Balance 2040 v3 size and fit

The fit of the original model still resounds in the 3rd edition of the 2040. It has a slightly narrow heel, a snug midfoot, and a roomy forefoot. The toe box has adequate volume that should make it more accommodating to different types of foot shape. New Balance offers the shoe under the medium width. Sizing is regular with options for the men’s between 7 to 15 while the women’s are from 4 to 13.

Outsole

A full-contact outsole with decent lugs enhances confidence in the stride among runners. New Balance covers the outsole with the tough Ndurance rubber to fight earlier than expected wear and tear.

Midsole

Handling the cushioning duties in the midsole falls mainly under the jurisdiction of the Revlite foam. It is a highly-sophisticated foam that is designed after long hours of study regarding how the foot should receive cushioning. New Balance uses the lightweight and responsive cushioning of this shoe to make the sole even more plush and really soft without that “sinking” feeling of very well-cushioned shoes. Another element of midsole durability and cushioning is provided by the PU-made ENCAP. For slight overpronators, the presence of a Stability Web or a high-density foam in the medial side offers good arch support.

Upper

The premium price of the shoe is largely due to the awesome presence of the American-made Horween Nubuck leather. With this leather prominently found in the upper, the shoe offers a classy look with the kind of durability that is simply hard to match. Providing breathability is the mesh in some areas of the shoe while the leather itself is sprinkled with quite significant holes. A new overlay that basically covers the entire upper delivers a unique and all-encompassing support and structure.