Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • Several runners exclaimed that the 940 v3 is easily one of the most comfortable running shoes on the market today.
  • The thick cushioning absorbs shock well.
  • The support is great, according to some reviewers.
  • It is very breathable, based on the comments of a few runners.
  • The shoe comes in wide and extra wide widths.
  • A handful noted that it is quite durable.
  • The addition of the ABZORB cushioning softens the impact with each landing.
  • The extra widths were appreciated by a good number of reviewers.
  • A good number of runners loved the fit of the 3rd iteration of the 940.
  • A handful of users complimented the sleek and updated look.
  • Gym workouts is another option for this shoe, as mentioned by a few reviewers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The 3rd version of the 940 is significantly heavier than the past model.
  • It runs a bit clumsy, according to a few reviewers.
  • It is a bit expensive.
  • More than a few runners were disappointed that the heel collar does not come up high enough to prevent their foot from slipping out of the shoe.

Bottom line

The New Balance 940 v3 is ideal for those with moderate to severe overpronation.With more cushioning and with deeper grooves for more flexibility, the shoe aims to strike the balance that every runner looks for in a beast of a stability. At the cost of weight and a slightly higher price tag, this is a shoe that shines as intended.

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Good to know

  • The 3rd incarnation of the 940 undergoes several changes in order to improve its ride and performance. New Balance offers the biggest change in the heart of the shoe-the midsole. In this model, the ABZORB foam finds its way into the shoe for a substantial upgrade in cushioning and shock-absorbing features. It gives the shoe a good balance between stability and cushioning.
  • Another change that is not readily visible is the heel offset. From 12mm of the past models, it is now down to 10mm. The change is aimed at reducing the slightly unstable feel of the earlier models because of the very substantial heel drop.
  • To counter the thick midsole, New Balance also made the flex grooves deeper and made the outsole very well-articulated in the 940 v3. These give the shoe added flexibility, enhance the cushioning, and adds a bit more to the shock-absorbing capacity of the shoe.

The fit of the New Balance 940 v3 is generally the same as the earlier editions of this line. It gives runners plenty of wiggle room in the toe box. Runners with flat feet should have no trouble getting their most comfortable zone in this shoe. Additionally, it comes in extra widths, for even more adaptability when it comes to fit. The heel and the midfoot have excellent security and support. It runs true to size.

The outsole is characterized by the large pods that are distinctly separated by deep flex grooves. With this kind of layout, the cushioning is improved while the flexibility goes up a notch in the New Balance 940 v3.

The heel, the outer side of the shoe, and the tip of the forefoot are covered with Ndurance rubber, which is a very durable carbon rubber for a long-lasting performance.

Giving the shoe more traction and a little more responsiveness is the blown rubber in the forefoot and part of the midfoot. This blown rubber is also used in the NB 990 v4 and other New Balance running shoes.

The latest update to 940 v3 is the ABZORB foam that runs the length of the midsole. It improves the transition through the gait cycle and provides superior shock-absorbing features for runners. Giving the shoe superior overpronation control is the high-density foam that is located in the midfoot. It effectively decelerates the inward rolling of the foot after landing. Providing even more muscle in holding overpronation to a minimum and giving the shoe structural integrity is a TPU material that is stretched like a T in the midfoot, hence the name T-Beam. The entire midsole blends cushioning, support, and stability that overpronators are looking for in a running shoe.

A fairly simple upper is largely made of a very breathable mesh and synthetic overlays. The entire upper adds support and security to the foot. New Balance uses an Ortholite Sockliner for more cushioning and support. A traditional lace-up closure keeps the fit secure all throughout the run.


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