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

5 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.
  • The shoe offers right amount of foot protection, a few users mentioned.

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 New Balance shoe is ideal for everyday running and daily training.


  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.