Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance 510 v3 was a very comfortable shoe, according to some users.
  • Some runners mentioned that they liked the eye-catching colors and design of the shoe.
  • More than a couple of runners made positive remarks on the shoe’s reliable grip on both wet and dry surfaces.
  • A number of users were impressed with the shoe’s reliable cushioning.
  • The 510 v3 was a versatile shoe; some users used it as a trail running and daily go-to shoe.
  • The shoe’s outsole unit was durable enough for off-road running, according to a handful of users.
  • According to a few users, the 510 v3 was a breathable shoe.
  • An affordable running shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A number of runners mentioned that the shoe was heavy and looked bulky on their feet.
  • The shoe was way too narrow, said some users.

Bottom line

The New Balance 510 v3 is a trail running shoe designed for neutral foot movement. The shoe gained positive remarks because of its durability, comfort, and reliable traction while running on varied terrains. However, most of the runners were unhappy because of the tight fitting and off sizing of the shoe.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Our reviews

85
/100 by , posted on .

neutral trail running shoe with modest sturdiness underfoot to add stability when you go off the beaten path.

It has good traction to cover roads, gravel and dirt trails, and enough cushion to keep a big guy like me happy, and comes in extra wide sizing with enough room in the toe box that my hobbit-sized feet don’t scream at me after a run.

 

Comfort

Throw away the insole, it’s worthless!

The first thing that I noticed when I grabbed these shoes off the shelf was that the insole was a piece of garbage. The new balance “ultra soft cushioning insole” really had very little cushion and didn’t even seem to quite cover the whole base of the shoe. I threw it away and put a new liner in.

Once you get past that, the shoe has an overall comfortable feel. There is plenty of room in the toe box to allow for natural movement, and the heel cup held me in place well enough.

Midsole

Surprisingly cushioned.

The midsole has a good amount of cushion for a shoe branded as off road. This worked very well for me as I tend to run more on the road than off. What’s more, the cushion didn’t break down very quickly, I think I got about 400 miles out of these shoes and I still feel comfortable using them for short jogs.

Outsole

Rugged enough for a mix of trails and road.

The outsole has hexagonal lugs that seem to grip well on light gravel and dirt roads and actually seemed to do ok even when I was running in the snow. I certainly wouldn’t take go too far off road though.

The shoe is definitely more made for the occasional excursion on beaten paths. The rubber compound seems to have good longevity, I was able to run quite a few hundred miles before I started to really see any significant wear patterns.

 

Style 

Lots of colors in lots of widths!

There are quite a few colors to choose from, and what’s more is that most of them come in extra wide! That is not a given with most running shoes. I quite like the standard gray/orange combo, they looked rugged enough without being extremely bulky.

 

Support 

Neutral but supportive.

This shoe is a neutral shoe, so it isn’t really designed for overpronators, but the shoe has plenty of room for you to add your own insoles as I did, and the heel is sturdy enough to provide some stability.

The heel cup has enough support to keep you from slipping around too much, and the wide footprint gives you a nice broad base of support for a nice balanced feel.

Value 

This one fits just right.

This is really where this shoe shines. At a price range of 40-70 dollars, you get a lot of shoes here. I would say you can get a good 300-400 miles out of this shoe before you have to retire them from running, even if you’re an overweight runner like me. The build of the upper is very well executed, the shoe has held together perfectly.

Overall impression

A good all arounder.

This shoe is a very good all-around running shoe that can take you on and off-road. The comfort, durability, and value of this shoe make it a very good buy for someone that wants a good daily runner. The weight of the shoe and the worthless insole were my biggest quips, but for the price, you really are getting a terrific shoe.

| Level 2 expert Verified
I’m Jake Tacher, and I love to run. I do 3-4 runs a week and love finding new routes through roads and trails in my community and throughout the Pacific Northwest. I run mid distances, between 5k and half marathon, with my headphones on and the rest of the world tuned out. I’m also a Doctor of Physical Therapy and have a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in biomechanics and kinesiology, so I find myself frequently giving recommendations on running shoes, and love to share what I know.

Good to know

  • Comfort was mainly improved in the 3rd version of the New Balance 510 v3. It comes with a new upper design and has an ultra-soft removable insert that is designed to give added comfort whenever necessary.
  • The outsole of the New Balance 510 v3 was also updated. Though it still uses the dual-use outsole tread, the lugs are more aggressive than the previous version for a more reliable off-road running.

The size of the New Balance 510 v3 runs a half-size smaller. It comes with a comfortable fit in the heel and midfoot area. It accommodates a wide range of foot measurements since it comes in medium, wide and extra-wide widths for men’s version and medium and wide widths for women’s version.

The outsole of the New Balance 510 v3 features the AT Tread, a dual-use outsole tread that is designed for both on and off-road running. The aggressive lugs of the shoe provides reliable traction on varied surfaces and the brand’s notable Ndurance rubber offers maximum durability.

The 3rd version of the New Balance 510 still utilizes the full-length molded EVA midsole that is extended from the heel to the forefoot. It provides reliable cushioning with enhanced flexibility for a responsive ride. It is firm enough to provide comfortable underfoot protection while running off-road.

The upper of the New Balance 510 v3 comes with a breathable upper mesh coverage that provides maximum breathability while running. The shoe is as breathable as the New Balance 510 v4

It also comes with synthetic overlays designed for added support. The shoe has a lace-up closure and the padded tongue and collar provide added comfort. The shoe also comes with a removable ultra-soft insole that is designed for added comfort.

Rankings

How New Balance 510 v3 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 7% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 7% New Balance running shoes
All New Balance running shoes
Bottom 8% neutral running shoes
All neutral running shoes

Popularity

The current trend of New Balance 510 v3.
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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.