Top New Balance Shoes

Best Style for Different Walking Needs

You need a shoe wardrobe to keep walking in all weather and to go from track to streets to paths to trails. Here are top picks of New Balance shoes for the walker who likes a variety of walking routes and who isn't afraid of the woods or rain. These include favorite New Balance neutral performance shoes, motion control shoes and trail shoes.

All of these shoes come in both men's and women's styles and a variety of color combinations. One big advantage of New Balance shoes is that they come in widths. You can usually choose from at least standard and wide, but for some styles they also have narrow and extra-wide.


The New Balance 1080 evolved from favorite older models. It is a lightweight neutral trainer that also has enough stability and cushioning for longer distance walking and running. Now with even more of their lightweight "fresh foam" cushioning, it is a good choice for walking a half marathon or spending long days on your feet. It has a low 8 mm heel-to-toe drop, which is good for walkers.

The upper has a no-sew bootie design to minimize seams that can rub and contribute to blisters. It also has a roomy toe box, which is perfect for allowing your feet to expand while you walk. This shoe also comes in standard and wide widths, which is appreciated by those who need wide shoes.

While the shoe is designed for performance, it also qualifies for Medicare / HCPCS code A5500 and may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement.


Speed your walking with this lightweight neutral shoe. The REVlite midsole provides cushioning without adding much weight. This shoe also has a very low heel-to-toe drop of 6 mm, which is good for walkers. New Balance has no-sew overlays that provide both style and support but done have a seam that can rub your foot. The toe box is designed to have room for your toes to splay out with each step naturally. The bootie design of the upper ensures a good fit, which can help reduce rubbing and blisters.


If you are an overpronator, you may benefit from a motion control shoe. This shoe has the low 8 mm heel-to-toe drop needed for walking. It has great support. While motion control shoes are usually heavier than neutral shoes, New Balance uses materials that aren't as heavy. The result is a shoe for moderate pronators that is good to use for both short and long workouts.

The no-sew upper ensures you don't have seams that can rub your foot in the wrong way. These shoes come in narrow 2A width, standard width, and wide D width. This is much appreciated by those who want a good fit.


The New Balance 928 is a classic, very stable motion control shoe. It's available in mesh or in full leather for great durability, and the traditional colors of black, white, brown and tan. It is approved by Medicare as a diabetic shoe. It's built on the SL-2 last which has a wider toe box and more volume, which makes it a good shoe to wear with an orthotic insert. The leather version is great to wear on the job and comes in narrow, standard, wide, extra wide, and double extra wide. They have a version with hook-and-loop closure rather than laces as well.


If you like to walk on natural trails or enjoy day hikes, this shoe provides what you need without the massive bulk of hiking boots. This shoe combines light weight with traction. It has a low heel-to-toe drop of 8 mm. It has a well-padded upper, tongue and collar. It protects your foot with a rockstop protective layer you'll appreciate on a rough trail. They also make it in a waterproof Goretex version.


This is a lightweight performance training shoe has a REVlite sole and is great for brisk walking. It's made for people with a neutral stride. It is perfect for a one-to-two mile workouts during the work day. It now has a no-sew stretch mesh upper to eliminate any seams which might irritate the foot.


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