Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Traction: Even when running on muddy terrain, the New Balance Shando delivers a "tire-like" grip. 
  • Durable: After six months of usage, the shoe is still in excellent condition. Runners attribute this to the shoe's double stitching, toe reinforcement, and sturdy outsole. 
  • Lightness: It may be bulky on scale, but it doesn't run like it at all. 
  • Versatile: A lot of users find the shoe an "all-around" model. They say that it's just excellent for hiking, walking, all-day wear, and it feels very "easy on the feet" for some road sessions. 
  • Cushion:  It may not be as plush as the Fresh Foam shoes, but plenty of reviewers report that it is very comfortable. Even those with arthritic knees agree to this. 
  • Aesthetics: It's cool-looking, stylish, street-ready. So much so that testers say you can easily match it with a pair of jeans. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Constricted toe box: Critics say that if you have bunions or want ample space for your toes, you WON'T ever feel comfortable in the Shando. Even when wearing the thinnest socks, their toes feel cramped. 
  • Lace issues: Even after double-knotting, the laces still come undone. 

Bottom line

If you're looking for a trail shoe that can match your style and deliver trail-specific functions, the Shando from New Balance is a perfect fit. With its qualities, the Shando is excellent for long-distance running, may it be on or off trail surfaces. Given the shoe's limitations on fit, you have far better options from Altra's trail shoe collection, which is highly acclaimed for its very roomy toe box.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

New Balance Shando: Ready for "virtually any terrain"

Engineered with New Balance's AT Tread outsole, the Shando does not skimp on traction. So much so that it can handle both hard-packed and loose terrains, and can even take on some road segments. With its supportive features, there's also no need to worry about slipping, given the shoe's chunky silhouette. This shoe is as stable as it gets.

What you'll love about the Shando 

  • It's not rigid like most trail shoes but it still offers ample protection, thanks to its DynaSoft midsole. The foam is also very cushy, making the shoe comfortable for all-day wear. 
  • The mono mesh upper is not only light, but it also supplies sufficient ventilation. 
  • The shoe's split crash pad allows for it to tackle some paved sections. 

Who is it for? 

The New Balance Shando is a trail shoe that's made for neutral runners. However, the shoe can also accommodate orthotic inserts, making it suitable for runners who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis and flat-footedness.


How New Balance Shando ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 13% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 15% New Balance running shoes
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Bottom 16% neutral running shoes
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