Leadville v3

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Like the legendary race it’s named after, the men’s Leadville v3 is all about pushing your endurance in the most extreme climates. This rugged trail running shoe for men is ready to run wherever you dare to with a Vibram® outsole for traction, REVlite cushioning for comfort and outdoor-ready features.

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No trail too tough. No off-road too rough. A gusseted tongue, toe protect and a durable mesh upper helps keep trail debris out while two cushioning technologies, N2 in the forefoot and a full-length REVlite midsole deliver the comfort to help you keep going. The mountains have definitely met their match in this men’s trail running shoe.
  • 3/4 sure lace
  • 8 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 8 mm drop are approximate
  • Gusseted tongue sewn in place to keep debris out for midfoot protection
  • Medial post located on inside edge of shoe to help prevent overpronation
  • No-sew material application
  • Odor-resistant
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
  • Technology
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    A skeletally engineered upper that provides ultralight support and fit. Created by fusing two thin materials with a no-sew process.

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

    N2® is a low-to-the-ground cushioning technology that is responsive and durable cushioning system in a low profile execution.

    Toe Protect™

    Toe Protect™ rubber compound provides reinforcement and protects against the elements.

    Vibram® outsole provides maximum surface contact and multi-directional traction.

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    Average Rating


    28 Reviews

    93% of reviewers recommend this product

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    Oct 26, 2016

    Great Shoe

    - RI

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    "Very comfortable and supportive, great look too, highly recommended."

    Oct 14, 2016

    LeadVille V3 Rocks

    - Costa Rica Trails

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    "I was looking for the right shoe for ultra trail ,I found it."

    Oct 11, 2016

    Big Shoe with Big Stability

    - Dallas, TX

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    "I bought the Leadvillev3 to serve as my main trail shoe for the fall 16 race season. I ran through a pair of Boracay road shoes, and recently replaced those with Vazee v2 Breathes. While I like those shoes alright, they're a little light on stability and I pronate a bit. After runs of 5-7 miles, I was feeling a twinge of ankle pain from the roll. I bought these and proceeded to put about 25-30 miles on them over a two week period. The shoe runs large. Noticeably larger than any other NB shoe I've ever worn. So large, in fact, that I checked and rechecked the size to ensure I'd purchased a 14D and not a 15 or a 14EE. I had to lace up as tight as possible and wear thick socks. With that, the shoes were manageable. They're a bit heavy, but well cushioned and tough. Some nice lugs on the tread for aggressive trail, but an interior that would cause concerns of soaking up water on wet trail. I found the stability features to be a little bit too much for me, but that's a foot and stroke issue. If you have arches and pronate and need and are used to a stability shoe, this is a killer, well cushioned trail shoe. I have a flat foot, neutral mid foot stroke, with some pronation. These caused a little IT band pressure and hip discomfort. Haven't had it since I switched, or with any non-stability shoe."

    Sep 29, 2016


    - South Carolina

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    "can someone please tell me the difference between this shoe and the Vazee Summit Trail? And which one they would recommend for obstacle course racing? Thank You"

    Sep 23, 2016


    - MI

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    "Fantastic shoes. I'm a big guy so my feet take a real beating especially in the trails but with the firm fit and rugged build of the Leadville's my feet come out of the woods smelling like a rose. Well that may be an exageration but my feet don't hurt. The Vibram sole provides the grip needed for rocks roots and rubble so I can besure not to slip. The colors are fun and my kids aren't embarrassed by my white or grey grandpa shoes. I am on pair 3 and will continue to cycle more in as long as they are available."

    Sep 21, 2016

    Trail runner

    - Walnut creek

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    "I do trail running and these shoes have amazing traction on steep downhills. Great fit and comfortable. If you need a trail running shoe these are by far the best i have ever owned."

    Sep 13, 2016


    - austin tx

    "The D, which feels wider than it used to,wasn't available so I had to get a 2e. It's a little wide but still ok. I love the Leadville trail shoes."

    Sep 7, 2016


    - Michigan

    "Good fit ,used for circuit training, comfortable. Overall great value."

    Aug 25, 2016

    excellent shoes

    - mendocino county, ca

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    "quality construction, excellent soles, no chemical smells, very comfortable, "assembled" in the USA. Where the parts came from is a mystery. All NB shoes ought to be made in the USA at regular prices."

    Aug 5, 2016


    - Sodus, NY

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    "Excellent shoe used for 6.5-9.5 miles of aggressive walking on roads daily. They last ~200 miles. My only complaint is that the eyelets do not easily allow the laces to be pulled through making it hard to lace up the shoes. I'm on my second pair and will probably continue with Leadvilles until they stop making them. They are very comfortable for walking; I can't run anymore due to back problems."

    Jul 27, 2016

    The Vibram soles make the difference.

    - Seattle

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    "This is a great shoe for the trail as well as pavement. They wear really well under heavy use and comfortable. The vibram soles make the difference."

    Jun 28, 2016

    Size was incorrect.

    - Boyne City, MI

    "Ordered size 11 2E, same as my other NB shoes, and others. These were short, definitely not size 11. Matched them to my other size 11 shoes and they were shorter, more like a 10.5. Width was OK, the length was not, had to return them."

    Jun 26, 2016

    Great style, comfortable fit.

    - Bridgton, ME

    "Having suffered through a spell of plantar fasciitis and finally getting right, I can say these shoes look great, give support in the right places and are well cushioned for comfort. I will buy again."

    Jun 17, 2016

    fantastic support

    - Miami, FL

    "i am very impressed with this shoe, it is the perfect balance of light for training and sturdy for great support and very stylish in green and black, this shoe is also good for trail walking/running with a very nice sole, only con is that it does seem to run a little big, so depending on your experience with new balance a half size lower than your usual might be best, strongly recommend overall"

    Jun 15, 2016

    Love the colours.

    - 44120

    "This shoe runs just the right width. The color combination is the reason I picked this particular shoe, but I love the comfort in all of the high level running shoes."

    May 28, 2016

    Design changed from last year, doesn't fit the same

    - United States

    "The pair of Leadvilles I bought last year are my absolute favorite trail running shoe ever - sadly, the design has been changed in less than one year, and the same size and width that I ordered as a replacement does not fit the same, with bunching up of the top material above the toe box. Closer inspection shows that last years model had a sheath at the toe box where the laces pass through while this years model doesn't - perhaps that leads to the bunching? Unfortunately I had to return them and now have to start over finding new favorite trail running shoe."

    May 26, 2016

    my go to ultra shoe

    - Nashville, TN, USA

    "this is my second par of leadville v3 in six months.I wore the first pair for the Rocky Raccoon 100 in Feb 2016 and wound up w my second best time ever at that distance, running 23 hours. Lack of foot issues was a big part of that and i credit the shoes. smooth, comfortable, perfect. I just completed the Cruel Jewel 100 (actually 106) and went back to this shoe and it was definitely the right choice. I did have some blister issues, caused by socks, because there was so much elevation change (33k of up and 33k of down) but the shoes were definitely the right call. Im a huge fan and will be back for more!"

    Apr 30, 2016

    Comfort, fit and looks, you got the trifecta with this model NB!

    - Orlando, FL, USA

    "I have always loved the fit and comfort of new balance but my new sneakers are extremely attractive to boot! Way to go New Balance."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Gorgeous, durable and comfortable

    - Miami Beach

    "Extremely well-crafted and beautifully designed. Great fit, light, comfortable with excellent support. I walk 3 to 4 miles in these shoes pretty much every day, and my feet feel great!"

    Mar 28, 2016

    Excellent shoes, great fit, very comfortable

    - Eastern Oregon

    "The Leadville V3 are very comfortable. I have a wide foot and New Balance always fits me best. I take them out of the box and start wearing them for long runs and walks and they are just plain comfortable."

    Mar 26, 2016

    Good running shoe!

    - Asheville, NC, USA

    "I have almost exclusively used NB for my running shoes the past few years. I have already logged about 30 miles on these and they are super comfortable. I happen to wear a 13 4E wide shoe which usually limits me in the style I can get, but NB is getting better about available sizes. It will take a lot to make me even thing about switching away to a different brand of running shoe. :)"

    Mar 22, 2016

    great fit and comfortable

    - Fort Wayne, IN, USA

    "I love these shoes! I have used them at work (Nursing home) as well as walking, aerobic exercise, and running and they are great for all. I have very wide feet and hate wearing socks and/or shoes. The light thin fabric is wonderful and feels like a stretchy glove. The only thing I would change is a slightly roomier toe area."

    Mar 10, 2016

    great shoes

    - Minneapolis, MN, USA

    "super comfy, great fit. the shoes look great and the service was top notch"

    Mar 7, 2016

    Love these shoes!

    - Middle Georgia

    "I've purchased these shoes for myself in both the red and lime green colors. And I love them so much for their comfort style and durability that I know NEW BALANCE has built into them, that I purchased a pair for my hubby and I'm planning to buy him a pair of the lime green version also.....Love these shoes seems like an understatement...I'm crazy about these shoes."

    Feb 29, 2016

    Stable, true to size

    - Terre Haute, IN, USA

    "I found the Leadville to be true to size for a trail shoe. I have only logged 15 miles in them over two runs. The 8mm rise in the heel is spot on and feels quite stable. The 4E width has ample space in toe box. The shoe handles well on packed dirt, gravel, and rocky terrain. I have not had them in muddy conditions yet. I really like this shoe and ordered a second pair for ultra races this year."

    Feb 10, 2016

    Great Trail Shoe

    - Colorado, USA

    "I've owned all three versions of the Leadvilles and have loved all of them, this version being my favorite so far. The v3's are a little lighter than the v2's and I feel like maybe a little bit more noticeable stability. I run 30+ miles a week and these are great for the longer (and shorter runs). Unless you're running extreme distances where your foot might swell a lot, I would recommend going down a half size (I normally wear a 9.5 and I got these in a 9). I go pretty rough on my trail shoes and these are lasting really well, very durable. Highly recommended."

    Jan 14, 2016

    Great Design and Comfort All on My Feet....

    - Middle Georgia

    "I've worn New Balance shoes since 1979 and have always appreciated the value and quality that they put into my shoes. But now they have so improved the comfort, durability, and the design is totally off the charts. I absolutely love my new shoes and will be buying another pair for when these wear out if that is possible. Did I say I love my new New Balance shoes? Well, I do!"

    Jan 10, 2016

    Hope New Balance Hasn't Screwed Up the New V3 Version!

    - Nerja, Andalusia, Spain

    "I am on my second pair of the Leadville 1210V2 trail runners, which I use for mountain day hiking with a relatively light backpack. I complained to New Balance about what I thought was their discontinuing the V2, at least in terms of my size 12 2e size not being available anywhere, and received a polite form email response apologizing that it was no longer available. I was checking out other brands and trying to figure out my next hiking shoe. Imagine my surprise to see a reference to the v3! I would appreciate frank advice if the new v3 model has the same fit and if it will be as durable as the v2. After about a year of 2 or 3 times weekly hiking, I now use my first pair for daily wear, while I hike in the mountains with my second pair. I would like some more information before I buy the new v3 going forward. Thank you!"