Top New Balance Shoes

You need a shoe wardrobe to keep walking in all weather and to go from track to streets to paths to trails. Here are my 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 my favorite New Balance neutral performance shoes, motion control shoes and trail shoes.

New Balance 890 Lightweight Neutral Shoes

New Balance 890 v5
New Balance 890 v5. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

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. I've worn this model through its previous versions as my daily-wear shoe. It is perfect for my 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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New Balance 1080 Lightweight Neutral Training

New Balance 1080 v5
New Balance 1080 v5. Courtesy of Amazon

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. I used the previous model for half marathons. It has a low 8 mm heel-to-toe drop, which is good for walkers.

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New Balance 1260 Motion Control and Stability Shoe

New Balance 1260v5
New Balance 1260v5. Courtesy of Amazon

If you are an overpronator, a motion control shoe is needed. This shoe has the low heel-to-toe drop needed for walking. It has great support plus cushioning.

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New Balance 928 Motion Control Health Walking Shoe

New Balance 928 Health Walker
New Balance 928 Health Walker. Courtesy of

The New Balance 928 is a very stable motion control walking shoe. It's available 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. It is the winner of the 2011 Walking Readers' Choice Award for Motion Control Shoes.

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New Balance 910 Trail Shoe

New Balance 910v2 Trail Running Shoe
New Balance 910v2 Trail Running Shoe. Courtesy of Amazon

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 without being heavy. They also make it in a waterproof Goretex version in men's sizes.

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