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How Do New Balance Shoes Fit?

New Balance is the only athletic shoe manufacturer that offers a majority of shoe models in multiple widths, from narrow (2A) to extra extra wide (6E). Just like people, feet come in all shapes. Proper fit means multiple widths, not just multiple sizes. The best way to determine your shoe size is to have your feet measured by a professional. The table below shows our full selection of widths:

 

 

Extra Narrow

Narrow

Medium

Wide

Extra Wide

XX Wide

Women's

4A

2A

B

D

2E

4E

Men's

2A

B

D

2E

4E

6E

 

To view the measurement differences for width and length between half sizes, please see the attached men's and women's fit comparison guides.

What is Pronation? Pronation is the natural rolling of the foot when walking at any pace faster than mall walking. (When mall walking, one walks heel to toe at a slow pace.) The way one actually walks is by hitting the outside of the heel and gently rolling in, pushing off your big toe on the inside--and this natural roll is called pronating.

Overpronation vs. Underpronation: If you step on the outside, curl right in and wind up on the inside of your foot, you are an overpronator. New Balance builds up the arch on specific models to force your foot out so as not to let your entire arch collapse too soon. Other people hit on the outside of their heel and stay on the outside of their foot as they walk--almost like a duck--and this is called underpronation or supination.

You can determine if you are an overpronator or supinator by looking at the wear pattern on the soles of your shoes. Follow this guide:

  • If the front of the shoe is worn on the outside (ie, by your little toes), then you are an underpronator (also called a supinator).
  • If the front of the shoe is worn down on the big toe side, you are likely rolling in--possibly too far and too quickly--and you are an overpronator.
  • If you are hitting on the outside rolling in and the middle of the shoe is worn, then you're walking properly, which means you should choose a cushioning shoe that does not have any stability features.

Sizing Tips

  • With respect to feel, your heel should fit snugly into the shoe with no slipping; the midfoot of the shoe under your arch and over the top of your foot should be snug but not tight; and you should have enough room in the toe box to wiggle your toes.
  • People are more than twice as likely to buy a shoe that is too small than too big. Clues that your shoes are too small or narrow include foot cramping or "falling asleep" while running or immediately after running or the formation of blisters and calluses between or on your toes.
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