Facts

  • Terrain
    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
    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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $125
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 14.4oz
    Women: 11.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Dec 2016
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Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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 940 v3 is another of New Balance’s wide variety of choices for those with moderate to severe overpronation. It continues to utilize many of its past and proven overpronation measures like the high-density post and the T-Beam technology to curb the inward motion of the foot, but with more cushioning than ever. 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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Updates to New Balance 940 v3

  • 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.

New Balance 940 v3 size and fit

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.

Outsole

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 blown rubber in the forefoot and part of the midfoot.

Midsole

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.

Upper

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.