New Balance Shoe Fit and Technology

New Balance Shoe Widths

Shoe Size

New Balance Shoe Lasts

New Balance Technology


New Balance Width Sizing

The table below shows the definition of widths for men's, women's, and kids' shoes:


X-Narrow (XN)
Narrow (N)
Medium (M)
Wide (W)
X-Wide (XW)
XX-Wide (XXW)
Men 
2A
B
D
2E
4E
6E
Women 
4A
2A
B
D
2E
4E
Kids 

N
M
W
XW



Shoe Size


Adult Shoe Size

Kid Shoe Size



New Balance Shoe Lasts

We recognize that feet come in all shapes and sizes...and that shoes may perform better if they fit better.  As a result, New Balance shoes are made on different lasts to accommodate different foot shapes.  The different Lasts are listed below:

 Fit Characteristics
Heel Width

Instep Height

Toe Box Height

Forefoot Volume
 Women's
 SL-1
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 PL-1
 Standard Standard
 Reduced from SL-1
 Reduced from SL-1
 SL-2
 Narrow
 High
 Deep
 Wide
 RL-1
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 RL-3
 Narrow
 Standard
 Standard
 Wide
 NBJ
 Standard
 Lower
 Reduced
 Reduced
 PW-1
 Standard
 Standard
 Reduced from SL-1
 Reduced from SL-1
 NL-0
 Standard
 Low
 Shallow
 Wide
 NL-1
 Standard
 Low
 Shallow
 Wide
 AL-2
 Standard
 High
 Deep
 Standard
 OL-1
 Narrow
 High
 Deep
 Wide
 WX-001
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard

 Men's
 SL-1
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 PL-1
 Standard Standard
 Reduced from SL-1
 Reduced from SL-1
 SL-2
 Narrow
 High
 Deep
 Wide
 RL-1
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 RL-3
 Narrow
 Standard
 Standard
 Wide
 NBJ
 Standard
 Lower
 Reduced
 Reduced
 PW-1
 Standard
 Standard
 Reduced from SL-1
 Reduced from SL-1
 CW-1
 Narrow Standard Standard Standard
 NL-0
 Standard
 Low
 Shallow
 Wide
 NL-1
 Standard
 Low
 Shallow
 Wide
 AL-1
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 OL-1
 Narrow
 High
 Deep
 Wide
 MX-001
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard
 Standard



New Balance Technology

ABZORB® - Our top of the line foam.  A superior blend of cushioning and compression set features with DuPont™ Engage® and Isoprene rubber for the ultimate ride.

ABZORB® EX - A combination of New Balance's premium ABZORB® foam and a peripheral pocket of no-pressurized air that is encapsulated in the engineered thermoplastic.

ABZORB® FL - Our top of the line midsole foam.  An amazing blend of comfort and performance with DuPont™ Engage® and Isoprene rubber provides the ultimate ride.

ABZORB® SBS - Engineered non-cellular elastomer designed to provide optimal shock absorption and no compression set.

ACTEVA® - 12% lighter than standard midsole foam with DuPont™ Engage® for exceptional durability.

ACTEVA® LITE - 24% lighter than standard midsole foam with DuPont™ Elvaloy® and DuPont™ Engage® for optimal compression set properties.

ACTEVA® ULTRA LITE - 32% lighter than standard midsole foam.  An ultra-lite midsole material with optimal compression set made with DuPont™ Elvaloy® and DuPont™ Engage® for optimal compression set properties.

AT TREAD - A dual-use outsole tread combining both trail and running lug designs for on and off-road.

C-CAP® - Compression-molded EVA for superior midsole cushioning and flexibility.

ENCAP® - A core of soft cushioning EVA in the midsole with a tough polyurethane rim for more support and durability.

EXTENDED WEB™ - Structured lightweight arch support that extends into the medial heel and provides midfoot rigidity and medial rearfoot support.

GORE-TEX® - Performance Comfort Footwear lining offer waterproof protection and durability.

H2FLOW™ - A water evacuation system that contains peripheral perforated ports.

ISS® - Our internal support system hugs your midfoot for added comfort, fit, and stability.

LIGHTNING DRY - Superior fabric keeps you dry and comfortable by managing moisture transfer.

LOCKDOWN LINER™ - An adjustable, internal liner that is integrated into the lacing to provide a custom fit and securely hold the midfoot.

N2 - The new bottom unit cushioning technology. It's a responsive, durable, sustainable, cushioning system in a low profile execution. Delivering on all of these qualities but allowing the foot to be lower to the ground.

N-ERGY - A resilient engineered elastomer designed to provide shock absorption and responsiveness for the optimal ride.  Designed in multiple configurations to deliver unique consumer benefits.

N-FUSE® - Soft-cushioning foam layered with a firmer structured foam for a midsole with added comfort and support from heel-strike to toe-off.

NB PULSE - A cushioning system composed of an integrated thermoplastic cradle and ambient air filled pillars that compress and absorb shock on impact.

NDURANCE - Rubber compound for maximum durability used in high wear areas.

NLOCK® - Integrated lacing and webbing system that provides optimal fit, support and security.

PHANTOM LINER™ - Seamless lining.

REVlite - An innovative foam compound providing the same responsiveness and durability of foams 30% heavier. REVlite offers a lightweight ride without minimizing construction or sacrificing underfoot cushioning or stability.

ROCK&TONE - Exciting end-benefit technology that tones muscles through a unique rocker bottom that offers a stylish athletic look so you can look good and feel good.

ROCKSTOP® - A flexible protective layer that protects feet from rocks and shock, minimizing pressure, and dispersing shock energy.

ROLLBAR® - A TPU posting system to minimize rear-foot movement that, when combined with our TS2® system achieves the ultimate in motion control.

S-CURVE™ - A stability system designed for cutting movements. This system can provide optimal lateral forefoot, midfoot and medial heel support.

STABILICORE™ - A medial support system that provides an extremely smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off. It is made from an injection molded engineered thermoplastic that offers a great deal of precision and consistency. Unlike traditional foam posting systems it provides a continuous range of stiffness for optimal transition.

STABILITY WEB - Optimal arch support that's both rigid and lightweight while preventing midfoot flex.

STRIDE BAR - Specifially engineered to complement the walking gait cycle, this single-density medial support creates a smooth transition from heel-strik to toe-off.

SURE LACE™ - A computer knit lace/chord designed with a reciprocating wave pattern that will not untie under high performance or inclement conditions.

TOE PROTECT - Upper technology that shields toes from impact with rocks, roots and other obstacles.

T-beam - A lightweight, flexible TPU shank engineered to deliver optimum torsional stability and arch support through a unique center beam design.

TRUEBALANCE - A breakthrough balance board technology offering superior comfort and enhanced toning and calorie burning while you walk.

WALKING STRIKE PATH® - Outsole feature that stabilizes and guides the foot through the walking gait cycle. Seamless lining.

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