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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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$160
Weight
Men: 13.2oz
Women: 10.8oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The 4-Way Stretch Mesh allows the upper to move as the foot moves.
  • Many reviewers of the 3040 appreciated the now-sew overlay system and the bonded construction, which both heighten the fit and the fit.
  • Runners welcomed the inclusion of a multi-density polyurethane insert that improves cushioning and underfoot support.
  • The stability mechanics of the New Balance 3040 help the runner have a better stride when performing.
  • The durability of this running shoe is reliable, making it last longer.
  • The contemporary design makes it appealing for many modern runners who want to have a good aesthetic for their shoes.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who complained that the stability mechanics in this running shoe weren’t as effective as they were meant to be.
  • Some reviews criticized the lower profile height of the toe area, which made the runners’ toes hit the upper material a lot.
  • There were cases when the inner sleeve of the shoe got ripped after a few months of use.
  • The New Balance 3040 has a high price.

Bottom line

The 3040 from New Balance is a running shoe that’s made for those who want additional underfoot cradling. It offers comfort, stability, and mild flexibility. It’s a moderate stability shoe that anyone can pick up.


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Updates to New Balance 3040

  • New Balance continues its success and tradition in producing shoes that moderate to serious overpronators have come to expect. In the 3040, the company is offering a shoe with plush cushioning, decent flexibility, and exceptional features in curbing serious overpronation.
  • In order to curb the serious inward rolling of the foot, New Balance places a PU insert to support the medial side against the collapsing arch of a runner. To expand the motion control ability of the 3040, an external heel counter is fitted to cradle the foot and prevent heel slippage.
  • What makes the shoe remarkable is the right balance of flexibility in the upper as showcased by a 4-Way Stretch Mesh. The mesh delivers precision-perfect support and structure for runners without ruining their need for flexibility in the right spots.
  • A plush interior that starts with the tongue and collar makes 10Ks to mid-distance runs cozy and very comfortable.

New Balance 3040 size and fit

The last used by New Balance in the 3040 is a telltale clue to the fit. It is spacious from the heel to the forefoot, which should be good news for those with slightly wider or inflexible feet. The generous real estate does not compromise the ride as it allows runners excellent comfort without being sloppy. New Balance offers medium, wide, and extra wide as the available widths of the 3040. Sizing is standard with options of 7 to 14 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The full contact outsole enhances the stability features of the shoe. Together with the generous last, runners will have a very stable platform to run on. New Balance uses its proprietary Ndurance rubber in the outsole for excellent durability and more than average traction.


Midsole

The thick midsole is designed for plush cushioning. Holding the fort for the responsive cushioning is the ACTEVA Lite, which is 24% lighter than standard EVA. It is made of proprietary technologies that give it decent durability and cloud-like cushioning without that “sinking” feeling. A PU insert is located in the midfoot to hold off overpronation. It runs midway from the lateral to the medial side to support the arch of serious overpronators.


Upper

The one-piece, no-sew 4-Way Stretch Mesh provides an almost bootie-like feel when laced. It gives excellent support and flexibility to fit the runner’s needs. The bonded overlays and the mesh provide a seamless interior that greatly lessens the chances of getting hot spots. Working with the PU insert is an external heel counter that cups the heel and keeps it from any slippage. To get the best fit, New Balance uses an independent saddle with eyebrow webbing laces.