Our verdict


The New Balance 577 was generally well-received by the reviewers because of its durability and satisfactory fit. Many find it an excellent value for the money and an ideal walking shoe for all-day wear.


  • Comfortable for all-day wear
  • Durable
  • Very resilient cushioning
  • Snug fit
  • Affordable
  • Great for people with diabetes
  • Stable
  • Supportive upper
  • Reflective details for dark environments


  • Leather scuffed easily
  • Grip decreases over time

Who should buy New Balance 577

The 577 model from New Balance is great if you want the following in a walking shoe:

  • a wallet-friendly priced all-day wear shoe
  • comfort that also accommodates those with plantar fasciitis and diabetes

New Balance 577 label

Who should NOT buy New Balance 577

If you are not into leather walking shoes, you might want to consider more breathable and flexible materials like mesh or knit. Have a look at the Allbirds Tree Runner or Skechers Arch Fit.

New Balance 577 logo

If you have diabetes, use this shoe

This walking shoe from New Balance is marked with the A5500 code. It implies that this trainer has been approved for use by people with diabetes and can be covered by Medicare.

NB 577: A long-lasting, all-day walking shoe

The New Balance 577 is a walking shoe that's great for people who are always on their feet. Many users were also satisfied with the construction of the footwear as it was deemed durable.

It employs a polyurethane (PU) midsole, a dense foam that lasts for a long time. Even if you are always on your feet, this will remain dense since it is proven to be resilient, preventing it from compressing over time. 

New Balance 577 midsole

The PU midsole is heavier than other foam cushioning platforms, but it also has a longer lifespan.

Wedged between the midsole and the outsole is the ABZORB cushioning. This proprietary technology is similar to the ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) but is bouncier and more durable. It enhances shock attenuation and does not compress over time.

No to wobbling when walking

A few owners claimed that it delivered a stable platform for walking.

The trainer features a traditional lace-up closure that secures the foot inside. The round laces pass through a slot in the exterior of the tongue to prevent it from moving out of place. 

New Balance 577 lace closure

The lightly padded tongue evenly spreads the pressure of the laces to keep the instep comfortable.

New Balance 577 padded collar

Aside from preventing irritation in the ankle area, the plush collar also locks the foot down, preventing accidental shoe removal.

The well-supported and ventilated upper of the NB 577

Like most walking shoes from New Balance, its upper is made from leather, which gives the shoe its form and supports the foot. 

New Balance 577 upper

Because leather is not breathable, perforations are present in the vamp, the quarters, and the back of the shoe to facilitate airflow to the shoe's interior.

New Balance 577 perforations

Remain guided throughout the gait cycle

The Walking Strike Path feature is found in the center of the outsole. It guides the foot during the walking gait cycle, ensuring that the weight smoothly shifts from the heel to the forefoot with every step.

New Balance 577 outsole

The NB 577 will let you stay visible at night

Reflective detailing is found in the rear section. When hit with light, the material bounces the light back, making it visible in dark environments.

New Balance 577 reflective detail