10 Best New Balance Running Shoes For Men in 2022

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10 Best New Balance Running Shoes For Men in 2022

New Balance running shoes for men are just as good as NB’s running shoes for women. They bridge the gap between performance and style so well, running never looked and felt this good. 

In search of the best men’s running shoes from New Balance? Consider this guide your best friend. 

Here, we have narrowed it down to the ten most excellent models. We handpicked them from five different categories to help all types of runners.

How we test running shoes

We don’t cherry-pick. All the men’s running shoes from New Balance that make the cut go through a myriad of tests before they get chosen. 

In these assessments, we rigidly follow these steps: 

  • Buy each pair with our own money
  • Run in them for at least 30 to 50 miles 
  • Slice them open 
  • See and measure what’s inside via 30 parameters
  • Calculate their Corescore, combining feedback and comments from experts and users

Best New Balance running shoes overall for men

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11
£95
£95
£95
£95
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 10,677 users
88 / 100 from 20 experts

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Hugs your feet
  • Superb breathability
  • Tongue stays put
  • Flawless grip
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Upper too flexible
  • Wobbly 
  • Need caution on sharp/quick turns

Verdict

We found the New Balance Fresh Foam More 1080 v11 a daily running shoe where comfort is paramount! So much so that it lags behind in performance. Where it shines, however, is in its grip and surprisingly light weight. The grip was just flawless - on cement, wet and icy sections, it kept our strides stable.
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New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2
New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2
£119
£120
£120
£120
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.4 / 5 from 881 users
92 / 100 from 20 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Fits wide feet well
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive and bouncy ride
  • Breathable upper
  • Great lockdown
  • Ultra-comfortable
  • Bargain at $130 (should be $160)

Cons

  • Slightly unstable when walking
  • No heel-loop
  • Stiffens in cold temperatures

Verdict

Even as a nitpicking expert, it was so hard for us to find a flaw from the Rebel v2 from New Balance! The usual case is that all-rounders are good at everything and great at nothing. But this shoe literally REBELS against that! It excelled at everything we paced it through - it's plush for easy recovery days and long runs, but exceptionally bouncy and peppy to pick up the pace in tempo sessions! 

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Best men's New Balance running shoes for race

New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v2
New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v2
£195
£210
£210
£210
Top pick

Corescore

81
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 25 users
92 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Plush comfort in a race shoe
  • Smooth, fast ride
  • Breathable 
  • Responsive toe-off
  • Carbon plated
  • Stiff but not overly stiff
  • Fits wider feet well
  • True to size
  • Stretchy material hugs feet
  • Sticky, grippy tread
  • Sexy! Sparkles in sunlight

Cons

  • Spendy at $225
  • Heavier than other race shoes
  • Tongue tends to fold under

Verdict

A luxurious spa-day treat for the feet? We'd take the New Balance FiuelCell RC Elite v2 any day! The midsole is very plush but it has a plate that balances it out, making the ride not only cushy but also very snappy and stable. If you're looking for a mid to long-distance racing shoe that will outthrow the Swoosh, this, along with the MetaSpeed Sky, can do it handsomely! 

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New Balance FuelCell TC
New Balance FuelCell TC
£108
£108
£108
£180
Also great

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 53 users
91 / 100 from 22 experts

Pros

  • Affordable for a carbon-plated shoe
  • Propulsive ride
  • Soft cushioning
  • Comfortable upper
  • Durable outsole

Cons

  • Fit loosens up on longer runs
  • Slippery when wet

Verdict

If you want a ride that's close to the AlphaFly but for a much lower price and better durability, take the New Balance FuelCell TC. This is among the best carbon-plated running shoes we've tested! It's cushy and snappy, it will bolt you through your fast training sessions and high-mileage runs. For half marathons to full marathons, this is a racer that will let your set/break PRs!

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Best New Balance trail running shoes for men

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6
£80
£80
£80
£87
Top pick

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 2,426 users
91 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Super plush
  • Protective underfoot
  • Amazing lockdown
  • Easy to put on (heel loop!)
  • True to size
  • Heel rudder
  • Looks amazing
  • Value at $135

Cons

  • Heavy 
  • Runs warm
  • Could be grippier

Verdict

A heavy-duty trail beast, the Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6 has proved to us it's more than capable of taking a beating from harsh elements! It crushes everything underfoot and will last plenty of miles. After putting it to the test, we found that it works best as a road-to-trail transition shoe and a light to moderate dedicated trail shoe.

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New Balance Nitrel V4
New Balance Nitrel V4
Also great

Corescore

79
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 14,875 users
N/A

Pros

  • True to size
  • Supportive
  • Secure fit
  • Cushioned
  • Quick break-in period
  • Durable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not responsive
  • For short distances only
  • Slightly warm

Verdict

The composition of the Nitrel V4 from New Balance is centered on delivering superior traction, speed, and style, all packed in a lightweight package. Built for trail-specific performance, you can up your next off-road competition with this runner. Offered at an affordable price, the New Balance Nitrel V4 does not skimp on quality and comfort, encouraging enduring performance may it be on the roads or trails.
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Best men's New Balance running shoes for flat feet

New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v12
New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v12
£76
£120
£125
£125
Top pick

Corescore

87
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 412 users
88 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Excellent stability shoe
  • Good lacing
  • Looks the part
  • Comfortable
  • Consistent ride in any condition
  • Good grip
  • Perfect daily runner

Cons

  • Runs half a size small
  • Heel counter is not for everyone
  • Quite heavy

Verdict

New Balance’s stability running shoe provides amazing support for overpronators. Ever improving, the v12 has brought some new technology into this shoe while bringing back some of the features of the old upper.

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New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v5
New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v5
£125
£140
£140
£144
Also great

Corescore

89
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 711 users
95 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Stable and comfy
  • Secure fit
  • Excellent lockdown
  • Breathable
  • Well-cushioned
  • Great heel security
  • Durable bottom

Cons

  • Not for runners with bunions
  • Heavy
  • Too stretchy

Verdict

The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v5 is designed as the stability version of the 1080 series. And contrary to its precursor, it's a shoe that goes from zero to hero. It does its job so well, the ride it produces is a fantastic mix of comfort and stability, shining in easy runs.  The only catch is that it's a big no-no in tempo paces. It's just too hefty.  

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Best value New Balance running shoes for men

New Balance FuelCell Prism
New Balance FuelCell Prism
£90
£128
Top pick

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,683 users
87 / 100 from 17 experts

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Great looks
  • Responsive midsole

Cons

  • No reflective detail
  • It runs half a size small

Verdict

We just loved the New Balance FuelCell Prism. It's a mild stability shoe that kept our feet supported all throughout our runs. It's not harsh, it's just subtle stability that even neutral runners will enjoy. More importantly, it's a fun ride too! It's got the bounce and it's light. In both wet and dry road conditions, this shoe did remarkably well!
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New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo
New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo
£49
£77
£80
£80
Also great

Corescore

83
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 13,511 users
79 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Bouncy ride
  • Smooth transitions
  • Breathable
  • Pleasant fit

Cons

  • Sole wears down fast

Verdict

120 miles in, and we've got nothing but praises for the New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo's bouncy and light foam. It's a speed trainer that's pleasant to the feet with its smooth-rolling ride and breathable upper. BUT, the biggest issue it possesses is in its durability (or the lack thereof). The outsole just wears down super fast!
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.