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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
$80
Weight
Men: 9.6oz
Women: 7.9oz
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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A mesh material with synthetic overlays provides a breathable and soft cover for the foot.
  • The no-sew material application brings a non-irritating inner sleeve in which the foot can relax.
  • Runners generally welcomed the IMEVA injection molded mid-sole material, which offers a flexible yet firm underfoot cushioning.
  • Many reviewers appreciated the streamlined and contemporary look of the 720 v3.
  • It runs lighter than the weight shows, according to some runners.
  • The New Balance 720 v3 is affordable.
  • Available in several colors.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noticed that it was a bit narrow in the forefoot area.
  • Others felt that it was half-a-size larger than what they were used to.
  • A few experienced the forefoot tip section of the outer layer peeled off after a few months of use.

Bottom line

Runners have enjoyed the 3rd version of the New Balance 720 because of its comfortable upper, good arch support, responsive mid-sole and traction-capable outsole. It’s a reliable running shoe for daily use.


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Updates to New Balance 720 v3

  • One of New Balance’s most popular, budget-friendly shoes comes around for a 3rd ride as it makes headway in the lightweight stability trainer category. Featuring a new, more durable mesh with an overall slight reduction in weight, runners will have a shoe that answers previous concerns of the lack of upper durability in a ride that is lighter than ever.
  • New Balance also includes a new injection-molded EVA in the midsole. As it spans the entire shoe, there is improved transition from the back to the front. The foam is also known for its moderate responsiveness and durability in a very light package.
  • Despite the moderate cushioning and the number of stability features, the 720 v3 weighs less on the scale compared to the previous model. New Balance uses lightweight materials in the new model, including the upper and the beefy outsole.
  • The stability of the shoe gets up a notch with the new molded heel insert. It greatly helps with the prevention of heel slippage as it cradles the heel in support and comfort. New Balance ramps up the comfort of the shoe by adding a removable, cushioned insole. Runners who want more stability or a more personalized comfort can replace the insole with customized orthotics.

New Balance 720 v3 size and fit

The fit of the 720 v3 is largely the same as the earlier model. New Balance designed it for runners with average dimensions in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. There is a small change in the new model as there is slightly more volume in the forefoot. The added volume will be good news for those who prefer more space on top of the foot. New Balance offers wide and extra wide widths on top of the usual medium or standard width. Like the prior version, the sizing of the 3rd installment of the 720 is fairly standard. Sizes are from 7 to 18 for the men’s and 5 to 15 for the women’s.

Outsole

A beefy outsole with an almost full-contact outsole enhances the stability of the shoe. New Balance covers the regular tread pattern in the outsole with the tested Ndurance rubber for better durability and traction. The decoupled heel helps works with the ABZORB in the midsole to soften the impact of landings and to disperse shock.

Midsole

For a no-fuss shoe with hardly any bells and whistles, the midsole is surprisingly heavily populated by New Balance’s best technologies. Located in the heel is the ABZORB foam, which is made of Dupont Isoprene rubber and proprietary technologies, for unbelievable shock-dispersal. The lightweight nature of the shoe belies the fact that it is filled with optimal stability features.

There is the presence of a dual-density foam just beneath the arch to hold the medial side in place every time the runner rolls inward. What makes the dual-density foam even more effective is the TS2 medial post that runs from the outer to the inner side of the shoe. It is made of composite TPU and really holds the shoe together on both the lateral and medial sides for a very stable run.

The new IMEVA spans the entire length for better heel to toe transition and more consistent cushioning.

Upper

The new upper is made of a lighter and more durable mesh. It has good stretch that allows the upper to hug the foot in comfort.

Providing support and structure are TPU overlays that are uniquely stitched in the medial side and bonded in the lateral section. These synthetic overlays have a major role in securely locking the midfoot.

The rear part of the shoe includes a new molded heel insert. This is made of very light materials and conforms to the shape of the heel very well. Rearfoot movement is effectively lessened by the insert as it wraps the foot nicely. The interior comfort and personalized fit are enhanced by the removable insole.