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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 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

    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
    $155
  • Weight
    Men: 13.4oz
    Women: 10.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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
    Men: 32mm
    Women: 32mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Apr 2012
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Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The 3rd version of the New Balance 990 provides superb comfort that made a large number of runners indulge in high-mileage runs.
  • With the help of the ABZORB crash pad on the midsole, every heel strike becomes really smooth, as noted by a few testers.
  • For runners who are conscious of how their shoe looks, the 990 v3 has a classic look of a traditional running shoe, which is appealing to a good number of users.
  • A durable carbon rubber called the Ndurance outsole provides resistance to the wearing of the heel up to the outer sole's lateral sides.
  • Based on several comments, it offers a snug fit because the collar foam and pigskin upper wrap the foot seamlessly.
  • A wide range of foot sizes can be accommodated by the New Balance 990 v3.

3 reasons not to buy

  • An expensive choice of road running shoe.
  • The New Balance 990 v3 is heavyweight, which makes it a poor option for speed training, long-distance runs, and racing.
  • Some runners experienced the shoe's lack of arch support.

Bottom line

Perfect for day-to-day daily running, this running shoe is designed for even surfaces with only minimal irregularities such as those found on the roads. Being a stability shoe, the New Balance 990 v3 gives support to mild to moderate pronators.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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75 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 71 / 100 | Runner Choice

    Although the New Balance 990 is far from the cheapest of running shoes, it is the quality that you are paying for here.

  • 82 / 100 | Plantar Fasciitis Support

    At the end of it all, if we take the basics into account, this New Balance 990v3 shoe is satisfactory. 

  • 80 / 100 | Just Plantar Fasciitis Shoes

    I love the feel and comfort of these shoes, but I am rather disappointed that getting water on them causes such a horrid stench, the removal of which is a major hassle.

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Updates to New Balance 990 v3

  • Reducing weight is the theme behind the introduction of the 990 v3. It starts with the slight reduction of the rubber in the outsole. New Balance also uses bigger flex grooves in the forefoot to give more flexibility. These updates give the shoe a feeling of nimbleness that was previously lacking in the earlier model.
  • 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.

New Balance 990 v3 size and fit

The average fit of the 990 continues in the 3rd iteration of this series. There is decent room in the heel and the forefoot with a comfortably snug midfoot. As always, this should allow most runners to be very comfortable while slogging through training every day. The available widths of the shoe are 2A, B, and D for the women’s and D-2E for the men’s. Sizing is standard in the men’s and women’s versions.

Outsole

The nearly flat outsole is designed for even surfaces on the road. New Balance’s reliable Ndurance rubber covers areas the heel and lateral areas of the shoe, which are always prone to wear and tear. There is also blown rubber in the midfoot to the forefoot for added cushioning, responsiveness, and traction.

Midsole

The two-way cushioning of the shoe is presented by the ABZORB and ACTEVA LITE foams. With the former lying just beneath the foot, it gives the runner a very cushioned ride with excellent shock-absorbing features. The ACTEVA LITE, which is 24% lighter than average foam is right above the outsole for improved responsiveness. Further cushioning is provided by the Encap foam in the heel. New Balance offers stability in the 993 v3 in the form of a single density TPU post beneath the arch.

Upper

The upper is a superb mix of Nubuck leather, pigskin, and mesh. This combination offers the shoe an unbeatable blend of excellent breathability, upper durability, and the classic looks that have impressed hordes of runners through the years. Additionally, New Balance utilizes reflective details in the upper for safety when used in low-light conditions.