The 5 Best New Balance Walking Shoes of 2018

These New Balance shoes are perfect for walking, hiking, and more.

New Balance was founded back in 1906 when entrepreneur William J. Riley decided to launch a brand of arch supports contoured to the shape of the foot. It was not until the 1960s that Riley's daughter and son-in-law would introduce the first New Balance shoe and another 20 years before the brand would become a staple in shoe stores across America.

One of the signature features of New Balance shoes is that they are available in different widths to fit the foot more comfortably. This is especially true for the New Balance line of walking shoes which include neutral performance shoes, motion control shoes, and trail shoes.


The New Balance 1080v7 evolved from an older model of the much-loved Fresh Foam series. This lightweight neutral trainer offers enough stability and cushioning for long-distance walking but is stylish enough to be worn around the house.

With a low, 8.0-millimeter heel-to-toe drop and even more of the trademark foam cushioning, the New Balance 1080v7 is the perfect choice for walking a half marathon or spending an entire day on your feet. The upper has a no-sew design to minimize seams and avoid blisters. It also has a roomy toe box which allows your feet to expand as you walk.

Better yet, the shoe is designed for orthopedic purposes and qualifies for Medicare reimbursement as well as some Medicaid programs (depending on the state).


Lighter shoes make for faster walking. That's the principle behind the New Balance Vazee Pace series.

New Balance's patented REVlite midsole is designed to provide the shoe with extra cushioning and rebound but without the excess weight of a traditional walking shoe. The Vazee Pace also has an extra low, 6.0-millimeter heel-to-toe drop for a more streamlined fit.

As with other New Balance products, the Vazee Pace has a no-sew overlay which provides support but without the rubbing or chafing of traditionally stitched shoes. The toe box design is an added bonus, allowing your toes to splay naturally with each step.


If you are an overpronator, you may benefit from a shoe with greater stability and motion control. The New Balance 1260v7 series has a low, 8.0-millimeter heel-to-toe drop for ample support but, unlike typically heavy neutral walking shotes, is made with ultra-lightweight materials. This makes the 1260v7 the perfect choice for both short- and long-distant walks.

The New Balance 1260v7 also benefits from the no-sew upper design and comes in various widths ranging from 2A to wide D.


The New Balance 928v3 is a classically tailored and stable motion control shoe. It is available either in a lighter weight mesh or a full leather upper for added durability and water resistance.

While the blocky design may not appeal to everyone, the 928v3 has an extra-wide toe box and interior able to accommodate an orthopedic insole. As such, the New Balance 928v3 is the ideal option for people with foot or circulatory problems and has even been approved by Medicare as a diabetic shoe.

The 928v3 comes in a traditional white, black, brown, or tan which is as suitable for the office as it is for outdoor walking. In addition to narrow, standard, wide, extra-wide, and double extra-wide sizes, the 928v3 is also available with an easy hook-and-loop closure on some models.


If you like walking on trails or trekking across rough terrain, the New Balance 910 provides the support, comfort, and durability you need without the massive bulk of traditional hiking boots.

The New Balance 910 combines lightweight materials with flexible treaded soles for added traction and stability. The shoe has a low heel-to-toe drop of 8.0 millimeters and a well-padded upper, tongue, and collar to comfortably envelope the foot even as you traverse uneven terrain.

Better yet, the 910 series sport an extra-tough protective layer to keep you safe from push throughs and rock bruising. For really harsh conditions, there is even a waterproof Goretex version to help keep your feet dry.


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