Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Plush: The 3rd version of the New Balance 990 provides superb comfort, according to a large number of NB fans.
  • Effortless: With the help of the ABZORB crash pad on the midsole, every stride becomes really smooth, as noted by a few testers.
  • Head-turner: The 990 v3 has a classic look of a traditional running shoe, which is appealing to a good number of users.
  • Long-lasting: A durable carbon rubber called the Ndurance outsole provides resistance to the wearing of the heel up to the outer sole's lateral sides.
  • Cozy: Based on several comments, it offers a snug fit because the collar foam and pigskin upper wrap the foot seamlessly.
  • Wide foot-friendly: A wide range of foot sizes can be accommodated by the New Balance 990 v3.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Pricey: An expensive choice of running sneaker.
  • Substantial: The New Balance 990 v3 is heavyweight, others say.
  • Support: Some users experienced the shoe's lack of arch support.

Bottom line

The New Balance 990 v3 is perfect for your day-to-day errands thanks to its comfy in-shoe feel, durable construction, and eye-catching aesthetics. Based on the negative and positive reviews, the New Balance 990 v3 may be considered as an average shoe for road running, but it remains as a satisfactory casual shoe option. 

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What New Balance 990 v3 brings to the table

Reducing weight is the theme behind the introduction of the 990 v3. It starts with a slight reduction of the rubber in the outsole. Apart from its lighter feel on feet, here are other things you can expect from this shoe.

  • Cushioned. Engineered with a two-way cushioning system, wearers are treated to a supportive and smooth ride that can last all day. Its cushioning also provides excellent shock-absorbing features.
  • Adequate airflow. The upper is a superb mix of Nubuck leather, pigskin, and mesh. This combination offers the shoe an unbeatable blend of excellent breathability.
  • Visibility. New Balance utilizes reflective details in the upper for safety when used in low-light conditions.
  • Snug fit. There is decent room in the heel and the forefoot with a comfortably snug midfoot. As always, this should allow most wearers to be very comfortable day in and day out.

New Balance 990 v3 vs 990 v2

Sole FlexibilityNew Balance uses bigger flex grooves in the forefoot to give more flexibility. This update give the shoe a feeling of nimbleness that was previously lacking in the earlier model.

Overlays. The overlays are not as thick as before, but still deliver superb security and structure. By reducing the thickness of the overlays, New Balance reinforced the heel lockdown feature without adding weight. The result is a shoe that is at least half an ounce lighter, but with the same familiar comforts, security, and improved ride.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.