New Balance isn’t a new company. The name comes from the company’s original business model envisioned by its founder William J. Riley. The company started as a footwear manufacturer specializing in arch supports and orthopedics. But in 1938, they created their first running shoe for the Boston Brown Bag Harriers. Twenty-two years later, they released the first shoe with different width options, the New Balance Trackster. The iconic “N” logo first appeared on the New Balance 320 in 1976. From there, the brand never looked back. These are our picks for the Best New Balance Running Shoes today.
To learn the differences between New Balance’s Fresh Foam and Fuelcell foam cushioning, check out our article that dives into the compounds, their purposes, and which is best for you.
All the shoes mentioned here are at the top of their category within the brand. We hope you’ll have an easy time finding the categories you’re most interested in. Just click the ones you want to read in the table of contents, and you’ll quickly see what we have to say about the best shoe from that category.
Please note that some of these shoes have width options. This will help you choose the best fit for you, which is critical for any footwear, especially running.
Best New Balance Running Shoes
- Best Neutral Cushioned New Balance Running Shoes
- Most Affordable New Balance Running Shoes
- Best New Balance Trail Running Shoes
- Best New Balance Marathon Running Shoes
- Best New Balance Running Shoes – Honorable Mention
- New Balance Running Shoes to Avoid
- Best New Balance Running Shoes Now on Sale
- Best New Balance Casual Shoes
- Best New Balance Basketball Shoes
Best Neutral Cushioned New Balance Running Shoes
New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4
The New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4 is a comfortable, affordable, and excellently executed running shoe. The upper’s fit is super accommodating, and any foot shape will enjoy it, especially those hard-to-please wide footers and flat footers. The Fresh Foam X feels great on foot for any amount of miles or household chores.
The stability is great due to the midsole’s geometry and the foot sitting inside the midsole walls. The lockdown is solid, so even narrow footers can be confident their foot will stay in place on even the sharpest of turns or bumpiest of roads. And the style — chunktastic is in these days, so this shoe will work as well casually as it does for running. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 4mm, Price: $150
New Balance SC Trainer v2
The New Balance SC Trainer v2 isn’t groundbreaking like the original but it’s an extremely well-cushioned, bouncy, and comfortable, leg-saving running machine. It’s perfect for high-mileage runners and long run days because it’ll protect your legs. The SC Trainer v2 will feel a bit heavy to some but the trade-off is worth it. Plus, it’s built on an accommodating, stable platform. The build plus all that cushion and comfort will make the SC Trainer v2 worth the price as you rack up the miles. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 6mm, Price: $180
Most Affordable New Balance Running Shoes
New Balance FuelCell Propel v4
The New Balance FuelCell Propel v4 has the best value proposition of any shoe on the market, not just among New Balance running shoes. $110 for a bouncy Fuelcell midsole and a TPU plate? That alone raises my eyebrows.
The upper isn’t spectacular but it’s comfortable. The tongue can be slippy, it’s a little on the heavy side, and the traction is solid. Durability is a big question mark because there’s not a ton of rubber on the outsole and it wears down pretty fast. But, at $110, a price serviceable daily running shoes don’t touch anymore, sacrificing some durability and comfort is expected.
The end result is a shoe that’s perfect for a wide range of runners. It’s also great for cost-conscious parents that need solid running shoes for kids running track or cross country (and growing out of the shoes way too fast). I’d recommend the Propel v4 over Nike’s current Pegasus and several other $130-150 models. Watch Kofuzi’s review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 6mm, Price $110
Best New Balance Trail Running Shoes
New Balance Fresh Foam X More Trail v3
The New Balance Trail More v3 is a more stable More v4 with a beefy, tacky, trail-ready Vibram outsole. It feels almost exactly the same as the road version but it’s beefed up with sidewalls that keep you on the footbed. As with the road version, it’s a very accommodating shoe, so narrow footers will want to size half down to get a tighter-fitting trail shoe.
This shoe is a great road-to-trail option because the cushion is just a touch firmer than the road version but still soft enough to work well on roads. There’s no rock plate though so keep that in mind if you run trails with big jagged rocks.
Some will fear turning an ankle in the Trail More v3 because of its high foam stack height but it has the stability to prevent that worst-case scenario. However, this is not the shoe for trail feel. The Fresh Foam always keeps you a bit removed from the travails of the trail.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 4mm, Price: $160
Best New Balance Marathon Running Shoes
New Balance FuelCell SC Elite V3
The New Balance FuelCell SC Elite V3 features squishy protective FuelCell foam, a nice pop from the exposed Energy Arc carbon plate, and a great ride. It’ll make your stride feel smooth while feeling lightweight. It’s a shoe that gets out of the way as you run fast paces on race day or amble over long distances on your local roads or greenway.
The SC Elite V3’s knit upper is really hard to put on and could be better but it does the job and is the best road racing shoe New Balance has built to date. Getting all of that at a $230 price point is a nice value for a carbon-plated race-centric shoe. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 4mm, Price: $230
Best New Balance Running Shoes – Honorable Mention
No current models are on the honorable mention list.
New Balance Running Shoes to Avoid
No current models are on the avoid list.
Best New Balance Running Shoes Now on Sale
None of our favorite models are currently on sale.
Best New Balance Casual Shoes
New Balance 574 Legacy
The New Balance 574 used to be a functional running shoe. Nowadays, for a casual shoe, it packs great value. The Legacy version sticks true to the original with an open medial EVA wedge that allows for more compression and comfort than other cup sole shoes. You can get different materials and textures with different colorways. See the full review.
Fits: True to size, Price $100
New Balance 550
The New Balance 550 is an old-school basketball sneaker first released in 1989. The 550 returned as a retro in 2021 where it sold out multiple times. The sellouts have continued in 2022 but some colorways are available for retail price on eBay. The classic look of this shoe draws people in and as usual, New Balance delivers impressive materials. See the full review.
Fits: True to size, Price $110
New Balance 57/40
The New Balance 57/40 is a new model that draws inspiration from the beloved New Balance 574. The 57/40 doesn’t have the greatest cushioning, but it’s much better cushioned than the 574. The materials are solid though there’s room for improvement which is partly due to the reasonable $120 price. Overall the 57/40 is a great casual shoe with an incredible array of colorways readily available for purchase. See the full review.
Fits: True to size, Price $120
Best New Balance Basketball Shoes
New Balance TWO WXY V3
The New Balance TWO WXY V3 may not be eye-catching for some people, though we think it’s beautiful. Wear it, and you’ll discover why we recommend it. The traction is promising and potentially has Nike Kobe 9-level performance. The FuelCell used on this pair can be described as light and stable. The TWO WXY V3 will feel more neutral compared to New Balance running shoes and gives basketball players lots to like. Read the full review. Price: $120