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We Review The Best New Balance Men’s Running Shoes in 2017

WHO ARE NEW BALANCE?

Founded in 1906, New Balance have more than a century of experience in innovating within the footwear industry.

Unlike many other manufacturers of shoes, New Balance have remained true to their roots and still maintain their production base in the USA.

Although many of their running shoes (including a these featured in the review) are made outside of the States, they still have six factories in New England and one based in the United Kingdom.

In their inception, New Balance created comfortable footwear solutions for people with podiatry problems. New Balance began life as New Balance Arch to support problem feet.

They have never forgotten about the need to make footwear for feet with more than average support requirements.

It is not only running shoes that they concern themselves with, making other types of sports shoes as well, but these are the ones that they are rightfully famous for.

New Balance have a commitment to sustainability and delivering a first-class product with a minimal environmental footprint.

Here is our review round up of their five best running shoes.


New Balance Men’s M720v4 Running Shoe Review

New Balance Men’s M720v4 Running Shoe Review

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  • MANUFACTURER: NEW BALANCE
  • MODEL NO: M720v4
  • SIZES: 7-15 VARIOUS WIDTHS
  • WEIGHT: 10.4 OUNCES
  • COLORS:THUNDER/ALPHA ORANGE, GUNMETAL/BLACK, BLACK/GRAY
  • OUTER MATERIAL:TEXTILE SYNTHETIC MESH
  • SOLE:RUBBER
  • ALSO:INJECTION MOLDED EVA MIDSOLE, NO-SEW MATERIAL APPLICATION, OVERSIZED IMEVA MIDSOLE, MOLDED HEEL INSERT
  • FIT AS EXPECTED:81%
  • WATER RESISTANT: NO
  • PRICE GUIDE:$37.76-$79.99 APPROX CHECK PRICING
  • OUR RATING: 4.5 STARS OUT OF FIVE

THE COOL CLASSIC

M720v4 Running Shoe

The M720v4 is a classic running shoe which pulls no punches and does what it says on the tin.

This is not the most flamboyant of all the assorted New Balance shoes that we have reviewed and the color scheme can mostly described as ‘grey’.

Notwithstanding the grey, we think that not only do these look respectable, in a low-key sort of way, but that they shouldn’t let you down.

They’re not water resistant (actually, none of our selection were waterproof) but they offer a comfort and versatility we have come to expect from New Balance.

If your feet are a little on the wide side, these may be the best of our pick and they are best suited to indoor training and dry road conditions.

Read our full review of the New Balance Men’s M720v4 Running Shoe


New Balance Men’s M730V3 Flexonic Running Shoe Review

New Balance Men's M730V3 Running Shoes review

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  • MANUFACTURER: NEW BALANCE
  • MODEL NO: M730V3
  • SIZES:  7-14 D AND 4E
  • HALF SIZES: AVAILABLE
  • WEIGHT:    7.9 OUNCES
  • COLORS: PACIFIC/TOXIC, BLACK/IMPULSE, SONAR, STEEL/RED
  • OUTER MATERIAL:SYNTHETIC MESH
  • SOLE:RUBBER
  • ALSO:  BOOTIE CONSTRUCTION, NO-SEW MATERIAL APPLICATION, GROUND CONTACT EVA OUTSOLE WITH RUBBER PODS, MOLDED HEEL INSERT, BAREFOOT FRIENDLY INTERNAL CONSTRUCTION
  • WATERPROOF: NO
  • FIT AS EXPECTED: 73%
  • PRICE GUIDE:  $41.47-$99.99 APPROX
  • OUR RATING:     4.4 STARS OUT OF FIVE

THE FEATHER WEIGHT

If you’re looking for a shoe with the lightest touch, then these would be our prime choice.

At only 7.9 ounces, we don’t think we’ll find one lighter and this might be the second best thing to running barefoot.

Any sizing issues are limited to it perhaps being a tad on the small side (a common complaint with many sneakers it seems).

As well as being very light, these are also very flat, with a minimal heel.

This means they are kind of low down and make you feel as if you are running straight on the road. If this is the kind of feel you want, then these are your shoes.

Additionally, the neoprene heel makes is nice and soft and not hard like some other sneakers are.

If you want lightweight running shoes, that feel close to the road, these should be your choice.

Read our full review of the New Balance Men’s M730V3 Flexonic Running Shoe


New Balance Men’s 690v2 Trail Running Shoe Review

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  • MANUFACTURER: NEW BALANCE
  • MODEL NO: 690v2
  • SIZES: 7-14 D AND 4E
  • HALF SIZES: AVAILABLE
  • WEIGHT: 10.3 OUNCES
  • COLORS: BLACK/GREY, GUNMETAL WITH BLACK AND PLASMA (GREY/BLACK), PIGMENT WITH STEEL AND MARINE BLUE (BLUE, BLACK), ATOMIC WITH BLACK AND GUNMETAL (RED/BLACK), FIREFLY WITH THUNDER AND STEEL (YELLOW)
  • OUTER MATERIAL: SYNTHETIC MESH
  • SOLE: RUBBER
  • ALSO: INJECTION MOLDED EVA MIDSOLE, GLOW IN THE DARK RUBBER AND REFLECTIVE DETAILS, TOE PROTECTOR
  • WATERPROOF: NO
  • FIT AS EXPECTED:  82%
  • PRICE GUIDE: $51.58-$94.99 APPROX
  • OUR RATING:  4.4 OUT OF FIVE STARS

THE OFF ROADER

New Balance Men's 690v2

If getting off the beaten track is your thing, then you are going to need a pair of these. The 690v2 are the first of the off roaders in this selection and come with incredibly chunky soles, designed to grip as you stumble over the rocks and ridges and who knows what else.

These are an incredibly comfortable model, featuring a toe guard and  have a high approval rating.

They also available in some pretty funky colors. Our only grouch is that for trail shoes, they are not especially waterproof. Apart from that, everything is good.

Read our full review of the New Balance Men’s 690v2 Trail Running Shoe


New Balance Men’s 481v2 Trail Running Shoe Review

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  • MANUFACTURER: NEW BALANCE
  • MODEL NO: 481v2
  • SIZES:  7-15 VARIOUS WIDTHS
  • HALF SIZES:AVAILABLE
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 2.2 POUNDS
  • WEIGHT:  12.6 OUNCES
  • COLORS:BLACK/ SILVER, BLACK/ORANGE
  • OUTER MATERIAL: 75% SYNTHETIC/25% MESH
  • SOLE:RUBBER
  • ALSO:  INJECTION MOLDED EVA MIDSOLE, EVA FOOTBED, AT TREAD, NON-MARKING OUTSOLE,
  • WATERPROOF: NO
  • FIT AS EXPECTED: 83%
  • PRICE GUIDE:  $49.95-$104.99 APPROX
  • OUR RATING:   4.4 OUT OF FIVE STARS

THE HEAVY WEIGHT

Similar to the 690v2s, these 481v2s are a trail running shoe, which pack a punch.

The heaviest of our round up, these offer a substantial level of support. Although not specifically aimed at people with podiatry problems, a lot of people have found these their go to pair of sneakers, because of the superb levels of cushioning they provide, especially around the heel.

Unfortunately these are not waterproof, but score highly in every other regard.

Read our full review of the New Balance Men’s 481v2 Trail Running Shoe


New Balance Men’s 574 Classics Running Shoe Review

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  • MANUFACTURER:  NEW BALANCE
  • MODEL NO:  574 CLASSICS
  • SIZES:   5-18 VARIOUS WIDTHS
  • HALF SIZES:  AVAILABLE
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT:   3 POUNDS
  • HEEL:  1.25”
  • COLORS: GRAY/ SILVER, NAVY/GRAY, BLACK/WHITE, NAVY/SLATE BLUE SUEDE, RED, BLACK, GRAY, NAVY, BURGUNDY, NAVY/SILVER/WHITE, HUNTER GREEN WITH WHITE, DESCENT WITH WHITE, SPICE MARKET WITH WHITE
  • OUTER MATERIAL:SUEDE/LEATHER AND MESH
  • SOLE:SYNTHETIC/ CARBON RUBBER OUT SOLE
  • ALSO:  EVA ENCAP HEEL CUSHION, DIE CUT EVA FOAM BED
  • WATERPROOF: NO
  • FIT AS EXPECTED:  74%
  • PRICE GUIDE: $69.95-$144.95 APPROX
  • OUR RATING:     4.1 STARS OUT OF FIVE

THE RETRO KID

If fashion is your primary concern, then the 574 range is the place to start looking.

These are easily the trendiest of our five sneakers and the 574s come in many variations and lots of vibrant colors.

We like their cool, retro look.

But they are also not just a pretty face (or foot!) These are made to be worn – like all the New Balance range are.

With both the quality and comfort that you have come to expect from New Balance, these are a great all round running shoe that you can run outdoors in as well as train in the gym with

Even if you don’t have an athletic bone in your body, these make great casual wearing sneakers that will work well with any wardrobe.

Read our full review of the New Balance Men’s 574 Classics

All five of these sneakers are top choices and the only consideration is your personal preferences!

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