Facts

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: 7.9oz
Women: 6oz
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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 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable, even right out of the box, is a major point among a good number of runners.
  • The 730 v3 is affordable.
  • It is very flexible, based on most reviews.
  • The shoe is really light, according to many.
  • The 3rd version of the 730 is quite fashionable for some runners.
  • There are 4 different color options.
  • A handful loved the shoe’s optimal ventilation.
  • Several owners of the 3rd instalment of the 730 use it for cross fit training or aerobics.
  • More than a handful ran sockless in this shoe without suffering from blisters or even just hot spots.
  • The roomy toe box was appreciated by some users.
  • It feels surprisingly stable, despite being quite light.
  • The removable insole can get way to orthotics.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Several runners were disappointed that the collar and tongue are no longer as cushioned as before.
  • A handful experienced rubbing on top of the foot due to the now-thin tongue.
  • Quite a small number noticed the very little arch support.
  • It is a bit tight for a few runners.
  • A handful of reviewers judged it to be a little smaller than before.

Bottom line

The New Balance 730 v3 is an unassuming lightweight trainer that offers solid versatility. For budget-conscious runners, this is an all-in-one kind of shoe that can take on any kind of distance under different types of speed. The minimalist upper includes a soft and plush interior while the breathability and flexibility are superb features. It has minimal arch support, good versatility, and comes with very nice color combos at a very wallet-friendly price.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 31 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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2 star
6%
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Updates to New Balance 730 v3

  • New Balance gives the 3rd instalment of the 730 a complete makeover. From a rather standard upper, this new version is almost a full-blown minimalist version with nary a padding in the tongue and collar. While these may be quite thin, the plush fabric lining and soft interior still create a comfortable feel without the added weight of more foam.
  • The upper completely removed the welded overlays. It is now a one-piece upper with compression-like fit. Only a very thin, but wide printed overlay in between the midfoot and forefoot can be found as an overlay. The form-fitting upper design gives just the right amount of stretch to be not overly constrictive while support and security are adequate.
  • The outsole is completely changed as well. From regular-sized rubber pods, the underfoot is now almost flat rubber with indentations provided by numerous flex grooves ranging from the forefoot to the heel. It gives the shoe a smooth ride, excellent flexibility, and a more stable platform.

New Balance 730 v3 size and fit

The fit of the New Balance 730 v3 is a little different compared to its predecessor. Since the latest version of the 730 no longer employs overlays for support, it relies on the compression-like design to hold the foot in place. The shoe has a snugger fit this time around from the heel to the forefoot. It is suitable for those with narrow to medium foot dimensions. The shoe generally runs true to size.


Outsole

The 730 v3’s outsole is mostly blown rubber for enhanced traction. New Balance uses carbon rubber on the lateral side of the heel and beneath the toes for durability. A new proprietary outsole design called the Flexzone uses flex grooves from the heel to the forefoot for excellent flexibility. Since the outsole is almost flat and broken only by the flex grooves, there is also enhanced transition and stability.


Midsole

The midsole is a single strip of New Balance’s Acteva Lite midsole, which is 24% lighter than standard EVA. It gives decent cushioning and responsiveness in a quite firm ride. The firm ride creates a pep in the runner’s step for quick-paced runs.


Upper

The one-piece upper offers precision fit courtesy of a breathable mesh and printed overlays. It has a unique upper setup as the lateral side of the upper forms a side panel or a side wall to complement the burrito style tongue. The medial side of the upper has straps where the laces go through and greatly helps with the locked down feel and security.