New Balance 969

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Tackle damp conditions and rugged terrain in style with the New Balance 969. This shoe features an ABZORB® midsole, generous tread and a water resistant Nubuck upper.

This style runs small. We suggest ordering a 1/2 size up.

New Balance 969

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With rugged styling and versatility, you often have to sacrifice comfort. Not the case with the New Balance 969, which offers a new water-resistant Nubuck upper. The dual-density collar foam along with the ABZORB® midsole and rugged tread provide durability and comfort mile after mile. The 969 is perfect for a walk in the country.
  • 10 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 10 mm drop are approximate
  • Dual density collar foam
  • Gusseted tongue sewn in place to keep debris out for midfoot protection
  • Non-marking outsole
  • Seam-sealed
  • Water-resistant upper
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    A superior blend of foam cushioning and compression set, featuring rubber.

    Compression-molded EVA for superior midsole cushioning and flexibility.

    Outsole feature that helps stabilize and guides the foot through the walking gait cycle.

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    Average Rating


    28 Reviews

    50% of reviewers recommend this product

    Size 3 of 5

    Runs Small
    Runs Large

    Fit 1 of 5

    Runs Narrow
    Runs Wide

    Comfort 3 of 5


    Oct 7, 2016

    A full size short

    - Southern IL

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    "I've been a loyal 990 running show customer as an active duty AF member, now retired I was looking for a lite low hiker I could wear on a Switzerland vacation this summer. I purchased 1/2 longer (11) because the reviews said they ran short, I should have up-sized my purchase by a full size to 11 1/2, since I was wearing hiking socks. Please take control of your sizing for your products & fix this issue. I should not have to up-size from one model to another. Frustrated!!"

    Aug 3, 2016

    More Walking

    - Lakewwo, WA

    "Great sturdy, comfort for on and off pavement. Comfortable after long day."

    Jun 26, 2016

    Pure New Balance

    - Sonora, Ca

    "I've been wearing NB for about 33 years. These seem to be true to size as I have worn NB size 8 forever. Wouldn't want to run in these, but urban hiking in dry or wet weather will certainly be on the list. Barely broken in yet, but comfortable and stout. A good buy."

    Jun 20, 2016

    Like the shoe

    - Colorado

    "I like the shoe, but the fit in length is a little short. I followed the guideline at purchase, and ordered a half size larger than normal. Still a little too short, making it feel a bit cramped. Need to work on getting the sizes closer to standard."

    Jun 20, 2016

    Very comfortable pair of shoes. I regularly purchase that type of

    - New Rochelle NY

    "I always purchase a pair of New Balance walking shoes. I wear them whenever I am not at work or at a place where I am formally dressed."

    Jun 10, 2016

    Sizing Problems

    - Lombard, IL, USA

    "I like the way the shoes are made and the look but they aren't sized consistently. If you like these buy where you can try them on don't buy online."

    May 19, 2016

    959 shoes

    - Trussville, AL, USA

    "Great shoes I am hard on shoes. go through 3 pair a year. Till I found the New Balance 959 shoes .Now the 959 shoes last over a year. I recommend to anybody that is on there feet all day!"

    May 11, 2016

    Perfect Fit; Great Value and Quality

    - United States

    "Ordered my usual narrow size and they fit perfectly and felt great without any breaking-in necessary. Extremely comfortable."

    Apr 30, 2016


    - pa

    "sizing is no longer reliable therefore it impacts overall product quality confidence"

    Apr 6, 2016

    wrong size

    - NC

    "product has wrong size. too narrow and too short compared to other brands. your 9.5 = 8.5 in other brands. very short height ,also."

    Apr 4, 2016

    Sizing of NB shoes has changed to running small by one size.

    - St. Louis, MO, USA

    "The MW969BR 11.5 B is one size smaller than previous NB shoes I have purchased in the past 10 years. The insole is hard and I can feel the knobs on the bottom of the sole through the shoe. Not comfortable!"

    Mar 28, 2016

    The sizing for this shoe is all off .

    - Oregon, USA

    "I've worn a 10B shoes for years . This shoe was way to short and felt too wide ."

    Mar 1, 2016

    Problem with toe cap

    - Woodburn, KY

    "The toe cap on this shoe separated after having worn the shoes only once. I've never had this happen with other New Balance shoes."

    Feb 25, 2016

    Excellent shoe which fits my active lifestyle!

    - Brooklyn, NY, USA

    "New Balance has always provided me with proper fitting shoes. I am extremely hard on my shoes and proper fit allows for better comfort. (wide size selection) Durability and sneaker/shoe appearance in a color that is professional with easy care to keep them clean. They work as hard as I do. Top rated comfort, fit and durability is second to none!"

    Feb 18, 2016

    Shoe runs small

    - Idaho

    "Have bought quite a few shoes from New Balance online and these ran about a half a size to a full size small."

    Jan 27, 2016

    These are great shoes...

    - Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA

    "I love New Balance Walking shoes... I find as I get older the support and padding that these shoes offer really helps when I have to be on my feet all day long. I have tried other brands but nothing even comes close to the all day comfort of New Balance Walking shoes. I found out most Interns in hospitals wear them just for this reason. As far as I am concerned there is no other shoe on the market that even comes close."

    Jan 22, 2016

    1 eyelet game out after using once. I am sending them back.

    - Massachusetts, USA

    "1 eyelet game out after using once. I am sending them back."

    Jan 16, 2016

    Very comfortable and looks great.

    - Indiana, USA

    "Very comfortable and great looking shoe. The only problem is that it runs a size small."

    Jan 2, 2016

    Great feeling shoes.

    - Keller, TX, USA

    "Good Size Fitment 15 D, Like I'm wearing my ole' NB tennis shoes, Very comfortable. Look Nice too, good for Daily work wear shoes. Dressy enough for Dockers but comfortable enough for Jeans. Good Job NB."

    Dec 28, 2015

    Very nice shoe. Comfortable out of the box.

    - Rockville, MD, USA

    "I read others reviews first then ordered a full size larger and wider. The shoes were perfect."

    Dec 28, 2015

    liked the look of the shoe, poor cushioning

    - Warrenton, VA, USA

    "My husband liked the look of the shoe and the water resistance. He did not like the lack of cushioning in the heel bed and forefoot after the arch support. He felt the arch support was good. Will have to return b/c of lack of cushioning."

    Dec 22, 2015

    Nice shoes, fit very small

    - Nebraska, USA

    "A little more understated than hikers or trail runners, and a lot less frumpy than most walking shoes. The only issue I have is the fit. I normally wear 11b in New Balance, and with some lasts that is too roomy. With these shoes, 11b crammed my toes up against the end. I returned for 11.5b, and still made uncomfortable contact. I returned for 12b and even that is a little close, but I am going to give this pair a go. So don't be afraid to order up a full size or more on this otherwise great shoe."

    Dec 11, 2015

    The 969 is a good value.

    - Silver Spring, MD, USA

    "I'm a senior citizen of about 185 pounds and need a stable shoe. I do a significant amount of walking and wear these shoes most all day 'til supper time. I'm still wearing the 969s I bought last April and probably won't switch to the new ones 'til spring."

    Dec 11, 2015

    Shoe not comfortable,

    - Cookeville,

    "Didn't find it to be true to size. Like 968 better"

    Nov 29, 2015

    Falls short compared to my less expensive 959s

    - Rural SW Washintgton 98679

    "I was looking for even more comfort than the 959s that I've about worn out but the 969 didn't do it for me. After 3 wks of wear and walking an average 2.5 mi. daily my feet hurt by the end of the day particularly in the toe area. Plus the shoe strings are too short for the 'double bow' I tie to keep them from undoing. I wear an extra wide 4E so those with narrower feet may have a better experience with 969s. The 959 and 969 look a lot alike so I don't see where the additional benefit is for the increased price of the 969. I'm going to check on a return/exchange on these 969s."

    Nov 11, 2015

    Nice casual shoe, runs a bit narrow

    - Nor Cal

    "I wear New Balance shoes almost exclusively.This shoe is comfortable, but fits differently compared other NB shoes I have. I have a wide foot and I usually wear a 10.5 4E and they are always comfortable out of the box. I've been wearing these for 2 weeks and they were very snug at the beginning and have broken in slightly over the time that I've worn them. I am sure that part of reason is that they are leather, but the toe box is also likely smaller. I would guess they are made off of a different last (foot model). NB appears to be moving away from making the shoe last known when selecting a shoe (I miss this feature). Tread, finish, and workmanship are all good. Leather is perhaps a bit lighter than I expected from the pictures. Overall a good shoe I would consider buying again."

    Nov 3, 2015

    These shoes are not properly sized.

    - White Plains, NY

    "I was advised on the website to order 1/2 size larger than my street shoe; I am normally a 9E. The 9 1/2 shoes are OK as far as width is concerned, but my toes are hitting the front of the shoe with every stride. A 10 would be better but I may never buy shoes through the mail again."

    Nov 2, 2015

    Comfortable Walking Shoe

    - New York, NY, USA

    "Well built, comfortable walking shoe. Sizing is smaller than normal by an eighth to a quarter of an inch."