New Balance combines footwear innovation, ergonomics, technology and stylish designs to bring you well-designed sports and casual shoes you can find in the market. With its wide range of sportswear collection, their footwear is what makes New Balance one of the most popular brands today. To find out which New Balance shoes you should wear for different activities, read more below.

What does the V stand for in New Balance shoes? | What's the difference between the New Balance 990 and 993? | How long do New Balance shoes last?


How to Pick Out the Right New Balance Shoes for Your Needs

With over 100 years of experience in the footwear business, it’s safe to say that New Balance carries some of the most high-performing, high-quality footwear and sports attire around. Its price point is worth it considering the technical innovations included in all their footwear. This is to ensure that all of the brand’s customers will get the ergonomic benefits without compromising the footwear’s practicality.

Factors to Pay Attention to Before Buying

When shopping for new shoes, people would often look at the aesthetic of the products first and the functionality second. Following your style preference when shopping is understandable, but when it comes to sports footwear, you should always prioritise other, more important factors. There are three points you should pay attention to when buying new footwear: size, gait, and arch shape.

Size is crucial; your sports shoes should always fit you right without the probability of causing blisters or any sort of pain. If possible, always try on the shoes before buying them. A size 8 pair of sports shoes from one brand doesn’t always fit the same with another.

Next, your gait and your feet position are also important. Some shoes provide support for those with overpronated or underpronated feet. Make sure your shoes give you comfort with your current feel alignment. Finally, you should know the shape of your arch. For instance, people with flat arches need special cushioning to give them the ultimate comfort while running. Some folks with flat feet would often need special orthopaedic soles and cushion to be able to exercise properly.

Types of New Balance Shoes


When it comes to running shoes, there are four different types that you can find in the market today: neutral, stability, motion control, and barefoot or minimalist running shoes. New Balance running shoes are available in each of these types. Neutral running shoes are people with neutral gaits, and they often come with a little bit of cushioning. Stability running shoes are aimed towards people who tend to roll their feet inwards when running, also known as overpronation. Meanwhile, motion control running shoes are meant to be worn for flat-footed people with extreme overpronation. They are heavier than other types of running shoes because they offer the most support and cushion. Lastly, minimalist or barefoot running shoes have minimal to no cushion or support. They have little protection against the ground and are meant to mimic barefoot running.


New Balance trainers are targeted at all gym lovers. From cross-fit to proper bodybuilding, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be able to find a pair of training shoes from New Balance for all your gym needs. New Balance trainers have proper cushioning and stability features to provide protection for the feet and ankles. This is especially important for weightlifters and athletes. Besides that, the New Balance trainers are extremely versatile. Other than for bodybuilding and weightlifting, you can use them for fitness classes, aerobics, and a casual session of basketball, tennis, and other court sports. However, for any rigorous sessions of court activities, you should always look for specifically designed trainers.


New Balance doesn’t only manufacture sports footwear but also walking and leisurewear. Nevertheless, one would still need to consider a few things before purchasing a pair of walking shoes. The first thing you need to pay attention to is the cushioning and the memory foam soles. Determine which type of ground you’ll be walking on most frequently. Then, look at the cushion in the sneakers. Walking shoes typically don’t have as much cushioning compared to running or training shoes, but they would still need to provide ample support. The last thing you need to think about is flexibility and durability. If you have access to the shoes physically, try bending them forward and backward. There should be moderate resistance when you’re bending the walking sneakers.

What do the numbers mean on New Balance shoes?

Carrying the belief that no two shoes are alike, New Balance assigns numbers to all its sneakers indicating different facets of the shoes - gender, trainer type, and colourway. A typical pair of New Balance shoes usually come with a 6-7 digit code. Let’s break the code down into three parts. The first letter, either an ‘M’ or ‘W’ refers to the gender - men and women. This front part of the code can also appear in different variations, such as MR - Men’s Running, MT - Men’s Trail, U - Unisex, CM or CW - Custom Made for Collaboration.

The second part is the 4-digit model number, which can be further broken down into two parts. The first two digits of the model number as a whole refer to the level of performance; the higher the number, the more superior the technology and quality, hence comes with a higher price. On the other hand, the last two digits stand for the performance series.

Finally, the last 2-3 alphabets indicate the colourway or the nature of the shoes. For instance, BWG stands for Blue/White/Grey, while ST or MC signifies that the shoes are either stability or motion control shoes.

What does the V stand for in New Balance shoes?

If you come across the letter V in New Balance shoes, it represents the version number of the footwear. Some New Balance shoes have received style or feature upgrades; hence the brand releases multiple versions of the same model. A good case in point is the New Balance 860v7. Since this model has been released in 10 versions as of 2020, this name indicates that the 860 model is the 7th version.

What's the difference between the New Balance 990 and 993?

Both the New Balance 990 and 993 are running shoes designed for the road rather than rugged terrain; hence they are suitable for daily casual running. Although they are made from similar materials such as mesh and pigskin, the 993 is heavier and tougher than the 990, thus, can be a hindrance for runners who are aiming for high speed, performance, and flexibility while running.

How long do New Balance shoes last?

The longevity of New Balance shoes can be determined by your mileage, style of running, and weight. Generally, a pair of sneakers can last about 400 to 800 kilometers. So if your sneakers have endured longer than that, it is time to invest in another pair of shoes.

What is the best New Balance shoe?

Best New Balance Shoes in Singapore

  • Best Value: New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo
  • Best Cushion: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v10
  • Best for Track: New Balance MD500v7
  • Best Casual: New Balance M997SMG
  • Best for Stylishness: New Balance 574
  • Best for Stability: New Balance Fresh Foam 860v11
  • Best for Trail Walking: New Balance Arishi Trail Running Shoes
  • Best for Distance Walking: New Balance WW411 Walking Shoes

Do New Balance shoes run small?

No, most New Balance shoes tend to run true to size. Even so, it’s important to try on New Balance shoes before purchasing them to make sure they are a good fit for your feet. A pair of fitting shoes should feel snug in the heel and midfoot, with adequate space around your toes.

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New Balance Outlet Singapore

If you would like to try on New Balance products for yourself, here are the locations where you can find a New Balance store in Singapore:

  • Bugis Junction
  • Changi Business Park Central 1
  • Paragon Mall
  • Jurong East Street 21
  • Temasek Blvd
  • SingPost Centre
  • VivoCity
  • West Coast Plaza
  • Velocity @ Novena Square
  • Alexandra Rd
  • Tampines Central 5
  • Kallang Wave Mall
  • Marine Parade Rd