New Balance 990v4

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This is American craftsmanship. The 990 continues its 30-year legacy of great performance and iconic style with the new men’s 990v4. It’s the perfect combination of cushioning and stability, wrapped up in a look that will last forever.

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New Balance 990v4

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A lightweight pigskin leather upper with mesh gives this classic men’s running shoe its inimitable look, while a combo of premium cushioning and stability deliver the feel that keeps you coming back. And we’ve made some subtle updates for this 4th generation: it’s more breathable, sports a lace keeper to keep the tongue in place, and a new streamlined “N” logo.
  • 12 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 12 mm drop are approximate
  • Blown rubber outsole
  • Dual density collar foam
  • Encap PU ring with EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) core
  • ENCAP® midsole technology provides support and maximum durability
  • Medicare / HCPCS code = A5500, may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement
  • Pigskin/mesh upper
  • We are proud to be the only major company to make or assemble more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the USA, which represents a limited portion of our US sales. Where the domestic value is at least 70%, we label our shoes Made in the USA.
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    Average Rating


    57 Reviews

    93% of reviewers recommend this product

    Size 3 of 5

    Runs Small
    Runs Large

    Fit 4 of 5

    Runs Narrow
    Runs Wide

    Comfort 4 of 5


    Oct 21, 2016

    Best comfort shoes I've ever bought

    - Los Alamos,NM

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    "Bought these for my father as a gift, he tried them on in-store and loved the light weight but ample support. He walks around a lot for leisure and he says his feet never feel strained. Fits true to size and works well with customers who have a more pronounced arch than most. I would definitely buy these for him again!"

    Oct 16, 2016

    The most Comfortable Sneaker, period!!!

    - Revere, MA

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    "I have undergone several surgeries, which include: Rupturing left and right Achilles and 6 Knee scopes and not to 2 complicated Spinal Surgeries with Fusions, Screws and Rods. I have tried other brands, but New Balance is by far Superior in Comfort than All other Sneakers. They have the cushioning and support, as well as Stability I need to get me through each and every day. I am addicted to the 990's and 993's. I also had models 991 and 992 in the past. I strongly recommend that if you find a model that is comfortable to your situation, purchase multiple pairs, as some models will change and you will not have access to them in the future. I learned this, as the 991's and 992's are no longer being produced. I would also suggest buying inserts and replacing the insert that comes with the sneaker. I use the Motion Control and Pressure Relief inserts, as they provide an additional amount of comfort and arch support. Just a Great Sneaker."

    Oct 13, 2016

    Excellent shoe

    "Great shoe. The first athletic shoe I've been able to find with a narrow width."

    Oct 6, 2016

    Great Shoes... They wear a little quickly though

    - Beach Park, IL

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    "I had these for three months and they are some of the best running shoes I have ever worn. They are supportive and cushioning. These are NOT a lightweight weight shoe, but they are not sold as a lightweight shoe. I don' t think you can get much more support for over-pronation without getting into much more serious hardware light the 1540. Overall one of the best general purpose running shoes you can get. Now for the bad news... They don't last as long as you might expect an almost $200 shoe to last. Within a couple of months, with about 20 miles a week so 150-ish miles these shoes were done like dinner. The soles were starting to peel and the "carbon fiber" torsion bar in the bottom had come off. (In the interest of honesty I will admit to being 6' 2" and 225 lbs) I have had other shoes that have lasted much longer than these. My current daily shoe has over 200 miles on it and they are going strong. I am hoping that in the future I can go back to the 990 because it is so comfortable, but I can't afford to spend $200 every 2 or 3 months. Summary: Great shoe, but the life span is a little lower than one might expect."

    Oct 6, 2016


    - Tallahassee FL

    "Great fit and comfort. Was exactly what I wanted for daily wear."

    Oct 5, 2016

    Best ever!!!

    - Sayreville, Nj

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    "I recently bought my 9th pair of 990's and I'm not a runner! Best sneakers I've ever had!"

    Oct 5, 2016

    Falling apart after a couple of wears.

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    "Bought these shoes to wear for comfort during a trip to Europe. Within the first couple of wearing days, the sole peeled away at the toe. Pretty expensive shoes to be falling apart so quickly. They will be returned."

    Oct 4, 2016

    5 Star Sneakers

    - N.Y.C.

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    "I AM Wearing A Great Sneaker Areas Of The Sneaker Are Excellent. I AM VERY Pleased For My Feet Nothing But The Best."

    Sep 25, 2016

    Great fit

    - Pearland Texas

    "Shoes fits quite well with great support. My first run felt comfortable."

    Sep 24, 2016

    Nice shoe

    - USA

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    "I have been wearing the 990 series for it seems 40 years. It is the only NB shoe that fits correctly. I wear a 8 1/2 4E and the other non USA made NB do not fit the same. My only complaint is that it is the most difficult shoe to lace. Black on black is very difficult. Otherwise the shoe seems good. 1 day does not make a complete review lets hope they last as long as the others."

    Sep 23, 2016

    It's Me Not You

    - Central Coast CA

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    "Wonderful shoe; I want it to work. My usual size is 13 4E in 928's and 813's, but they're made on the SL2 Last. This 990 is made on the SL1 Last which has a narrower toe box. I wanted a cushioning shoe, but one where I can put the cushion on top of my orthotic. Not enough room in the toe box for both. I wish NB made the 990 on a SL2 Last. Until then, I will wear it with just the orthotic"

    Sep 21, 2016

    I Love MY New 990's

    - New York City

    "I love my new 990's. My problem is the limited selection of styles that are 4E in width and the limited color availability."

    Sep 20, 2016

    Love the New Sole

    - Milwaukee, WI

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    "I like version 4. The sole seems tougher. I hope it lasts longer. have worn 990's for many years."

    Sep 15, 2016

    Too narrow

    - Southern California

    "My 6th pair of 990's and the first that is uncortable. Too narrow. Never had problem before"

    Sep 12, 2016

    The 990 V4 Sneaker

    - Berkeley,Ca

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    "These shoes run very narrow and are uncomfortable, was going to return them but I had worn the shoes in the street and there was evidence of wear. However I found Re leaf when I put Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles inside the Shoe with the Sock liner on top of it. This gave some more comfort to these sneakers as I was very disappointed with the feel of the interior as most if not all the Technology, Encap etc. is focused on the outside of this Sneaker without concern for the comfort inside this sneaker. Once you get past the Heel, there is only a textile material with Bare stitching for your Comfort."

    Aug 17, 2016


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    "It is not as comfortable as previous 990 versions."

    Aug 10, 2016

    Great shoe made in the USA

    - Lakeland, FL

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    "This is the best New Balance shoe i have ever purchased. Bought two pair grey and black. Light weight, great fit and comfortable."

    Aug 2, 2016

    Best Shoes Eer

    - New Rochelle, NY

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    "I have been wearing the 990v shoes for many years. They are the most comfortable, supportive shoes I have ever worn. I have plantar faciatis and heel spurs on both feet. I Have custom made orthotics, and I just slip them into the 990V once I remove and discard the insert that comes with the shoes. I couldn't see how any other show could be so comfortable."

    Jul 14, 2016

    Excellent all day shoes for walking

    - Irvine, CA

    "My feet are wide and I have a hard time finding shoes that fit it properly. I recently suffered plantar fasciitis and my left calf muscle was tightening up daily. I went into the store looking for a supportive running shoe that I could use as a daily with orthotics. I was going to go with the Vazee Rush v2 running shoes because they had a lower top which fit with my slim jeans better. The sales woman brought me onto the 990v4 saying they were the Disneyland shoe. I asked her what that meant, and she said that these were what all Disneyland people used. True or not, I bit the bullet and decided to give them a try. Yes they are mid/high-top, yes they are suede, yes they aren't flashy, but boy do they make a world of a difference when walking. I took my first steps in them and could instantly feel the difference. With superfeet blue, I took them to Six Flags and lasted all day without having any foot or back pain. That is a true testament to how cushy and supportive these shoes are! Walking in them daily for 2 weeks now, my calf muscle is less tense, borderline not even tense at all, and my plantar fasciitis has subdued. They fit true to size & have grown on me. I hemmed my jeans to look better, and am a happy customer! My only gripe is that the colorway & material needs some attention. Why put suede when it's even a running shoe? That makes no sense. You get for what you pay for, and these are a solid purchase!"

    Jul 3, 2016


    - Vermont

    "These are the best running shoes I have ever had! It has been difficult, no, near impossible, to find a shoe to fit my high-instep, wide foot. I have corns to prove that. Thank you for such a well-fitting beautifully made product."

    Jul 2, 2016

    Best running sneakers I have ever owned.

    - Newburyport, MA

    "I have a very odd size foot, 15AA. It's extremely difficult for me to find sneakers that fit perfectly. Even with New Balance, I typically have to go with a B width. The 990's come in AA width and they are unbelievably comfortable and provide great stability. These are the best running shoes I have ever owned. I would recommend them to anyone."

    Jun 22, 2016

    Except for occasions when a formal dress shoe is de rigeur, the only shoe I wear is NB990

    - Silver Spring, MD

    "I love the shoe and bought two pair. I have difficulty walking and in fact use a walker (rollator) for longer walks. Even though I lurch, m y podiatrist counter-intuitively recommended a running shoe rather than a walking one. And he is right. I feel more secure in the NB 990 than in any other shoe and now own four pair. We left one of the new pair as is, and my wife painted the other pair all black,, so that I could wear them to more formal occasions, as I did with the all-black 990 v3, and no one noticed that it was a running shoe. I would recommend that you offer an all black model for the v4."

    Jun 22, 2016

    Good shoe but poor glue

    - raleigh

    "Really like these shoes and have bought multiple pairs but the glue holding the sole has not held on my last 2 pairs. This isn't like a month of use issue, fresh from the box after a bit of walking."

    Jun 21, 2016

    Great shoe, crummy laces

    - Nashville

    "Love the fit an feel of the new 990v4s, maybe a bit shorter than previously, but may just need breaking in. Very solid and stable shoe for an older runner. Do not like the laces NB is using, they cut into my ankles, First purchase to customize was bungee laces that flex with your foot, never come untied, and keep the same fit you adjust them to the first time from wearing to wearing. All around a really good shoe."

    Jun 10, 2016

    Very good

    - NH

    "Good comfortable shoe for walking. Nice brand NB shoes"

    Jun 10, 2016

    Great shoe

    - Phoenix, AZ, USA

    "My favorite! Very comfortable. Many colors to choose from."

    Jun 9, 2016

    Not too narrow, comfortable

    - Washington, DC, USA

    "I was leary about the width of these shoes, based on a review I had read. I got them and loosened the shoe strings which created enough width for them to be comfortable"

    Jun 9, 2016

    Quility made

    - Florida, USA

    "The NB product 990v4,is far superior made then out of country products."

    Jun 9, 2016


    - Malvern, Pa.

    "My foot requires a narrow last almost never found in this day and age EXCEPT by NB. My "narrow" fits perfectly and therefor provides excellent support for my 5+ miles walks."

    Jun 7, 2016

    I love this shoe

    - Seaford, DE 19973, USA

    "This shoe fits like a glove gives me great support and provides a stable footing. It is made in America."

    Jun 6, 2016

    The shoes are well made, a bit expensive, bit overall a fine product.

    - Pocatello, ID, USA

    "These are well made, fit as advertised, and arrived promptly. They are not as cushiony as I had hoped, they are by no means hard on the foot, just not as soft as I'd hoped. I will keep them and have used them for general exercise and they performed well, actually very supportive. Though not advertised as such, the soles are non skid. Overall a fine shoe."

    Jun 1, 2016

    style and function the best I've ever had

    - Yardley, PA 19067, USA

    "First - style. The dark blue color is unique. I can were them "out" as well as for running. Functionally - next. The narrow fit is comfortable and nothing changes during a long run. My only tiny frustration is that pebbles get into the sole and I have to extract them. That said, there's probably no shoe that doesn't have this condition. Oh - and there not cheap, but worth the candle."

    May 30, 2016

    I have been a happy New Balance customer for years.

    - California, USA

    "Not only that, but I buy ONLY their shoes made in the USA."

    May 30, 2016

    This shoe is sized well - roomy, which is just what I want.

    - Fountain Valley, CA

    "The feel of your feet on the inner soles of the shoe do not feel particularly smooth. They are not as "cushy" as NB running shoes - and they should be. They are too expensive. I have worn New Balance for 15 years, but I will look at competitors before I buy again."

    May 30, 2016

    great shoe

    - jerry, southern CA

    "Have owned several pairs of this model. best shoe ever. I still have 3 pairs in garage. Comfortable, supportive and come in widths."

    May 29, 2016

    Still the best shoe available

    - Cincinnati, OH

    "Have been wearing New Balance 990 series since my doctor recommended them for my diabetes. They have always been my most comfortable shoes and they form to the size of your foot straight out of the box. The tongue lock is an added welcome to these shoes as the v3's tongue shifted out of place after a short time. Overall these are the best shoes available, last a long time, look great (in Navy), and are worth the price."

    May 29, 2016

    I need the only size and color you sell therefore I do not have a choice

    - New Bedford, Ma

    "Shoes appear to be adequately manufactured and packaged."

    May 27, 2016

    This model is great! I love

    - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil

    "I have the 990 since the first model. He is great. First in gray and now color in gray and blue navy colors."

    May 26, 2016

    Great Shoe, Available in my size, made in USA

    - CA

    "I have been wearing New Balance 990 series for about 30 years now. I have a very narrow foot, and New Balance is the only manufacturer who makes an athletic shoe in my size. They finally came out with a new color (other than gry) Too bad they made the tongues shorter...much more difficult to put on."

    May 25, 2016

    Great Upgrade, A Bit Tight for 4E

    - Philadelphia, PA

    "For years, New Balance has been the only brand of shoes that fit my 4E feet correctly. More specifically, the US made 990v3 fit me like a glove. I was excited to get my hands on the latest revision, and for the most part the V4 doesn't disappoint. As usual, the materials and workmanship are unparalleled. The suede is luscious and the soles are solid. The biggest change from the V3 is the length of the tongue and the lace locks -- I had to lace them a few different ways until I found them to be comfortable. My biggest and only complaint is that the 4E doesn't feel quite as wide as the V3's. This is an issue I encounter with non 990 models, I have to go a half to a full size bigger to compensate for this. I ordered my true size from, and they're a bit snug at the base of the toe box. I would recommend going at least a half size bigger if you're a 4E. Otherwise, the 990v4 is well crafted and, of course, supremely comfortable."

    May 25, 2016

    One of the best shoes on market today

    - Mooresville ,NC

    "Shoe is well made, comes in different widths to accomadate everyone. Very comfortable n supportive"

    May 25, 2016

    A good comfortable shoe.

    - Sherman, TX, USA

    "It is about time people with long narrow feet can buy running shoes in a color other than gray, black and white."

    May 12, 2016

    Good looking sneaker.

    - Vernon, CT, USA

    "Very pleased with these sneakers. They are very comfortable."

    May 8, 2016

    Love the shoes. Disappointed that I didn't wait for the Dark Blue version.

    - 91011

    "Love the shoes. Had 990s for many years. This one is even better. More comfortable and stable. Disappointed I I bought Grays before you introduced your Dark Blues."

    May 6, 2016

    I am pleased with the New Balance shoes. I only use New Balance whichis available in the narrow width that I need.

    - Fallston Maryland

    "I am very pleased with my new Athletic shoes by New Balance. I especially appreciate New Balance because they have the narrow width which I need."

    May 3, 2016

    not as wide as they used to be

    - Atlanta, GA, USA

    "I have been wearing new balance shoes for nearly 20 years. The 993 was my favorite. I wear a 13 4E. New balance has redesigned their shoes and they are now more narrow than they used to be. The redesigned 990 v4 (the replacement for the 993) in a 13 4E hurt my feet, it was so narrow. I've been a loyal customer for many years and it pains me to go somewhere else."

    May 2, 2016

    These 990V4s are well worth the money!

    - Silver Spring, MD, USA

    "Very comfortable and stylish. NB sizes run bigger than I thought; I ordered a size 14 but could probably have gotten away with size 13."

    May 2, 2016

    have not triedthem yet?want tosave them 4 summer,fall or 2017 as th old 990 stll in goodshape

    - paragould, arkansasusa

    "will let u know when I take them out of the box havenot usedthem yet? save them for summer, fall,winter or 2017"

    May 1, 2016

    Excellent product, comfortable, light weight, style and appearance very current.

    - Sarasota, FL, USA

    "Excellent Product,comfortable,light weight,style and appearance very current."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Excellent quality. Made in USA.

    - Cincinnati, OH, USA

    "Well built. Sturdy. Expensive. Hope they last. Will buy again if they do."

    Apr 30, 2016

    I only wear 990 v3 or 4

    - Darnestown, Md

    "I ordered these in 12.5 4wide. I own 6 pair of either 990 or 993. this pair is great just like my others. Only complaint is that the area where lace fits tongue in 990 still doesn't keep tongue from moving whereas in 993 it doesn't move. Also 993 has wider and heavier duty laces."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Almost perfect.

    - San Francisco, CA

    "It's nice to see NB was able to keep the same outstanding fit through the evolution of the 990 series, and the V4 seamlessly continues this tradition. The changes are subtle, as they should be, and I like the aesthetics on this one, especially the new tongue, over the V3. I've worn all the previous versions of the 990s and they've all lasted well past my expectations. The uppers have never failed on me, and the rubber outsole lasts and lasts and lasts. After a couple months of daily use in the V4s, it's apparent that NB kept all the best qualities of the previous 990s. Why reinvent the wheel? The only 'beef' I have with these, if you can call it that, is that the drop feels slightly more pronounced than on the previous version. Whether it actually is, or not, I don't know. I've noticed that I'm feeling the heel on this one a little more often than I'd prefer; that said, it's so subtle that all of the other strengths the shoe has make it a non-issue. My only means of transportation are my feet, and I average about 10-12 miles a day on them, so having a pair of well made shoes in my (10.5 2E) size that are going to give me the fit, durability, and comfort I've been able to rely on for so long is why I always come back to the 990s. The cherry on top is that they're "Made in USA." Considering the quality of the materials, construction, attention to detail, better QC, and that it supports domestic workers and domestic production, that's an added value that I'm more than happy to pay extra for. Heck, that's a bargain!"

    Apr 30, 2016

    Good for everything.

    - Central California

    "I have worn the visually similar NB 990 products for about 20 years and 5 different versions. My last pair, 992's, lasted for running and whatever else (casual, walking, etc.) for about 7 years and I finally wore them out. Although I like the conservative clean look of the 990v4, I considered trying a better running shoe for sublimation. However, after discussion with NB, just decided to repurchase the 990 as a good running shoe that would also fit that feature. There may be others better, but I still like the looks of the shoe enough that I skipped experimenting with others. The 990v4 is a winner is so many ways, didn't want to be without it."

    Apr 30, 2016

    NB 990

    - california

    "I love my 990 money spent well with the new looks and support"

    Apr 30, 2016

    Great Fit

    - Miami, FL, USA

    "Truth to size and comfort... great to walk with..,"

    Apr 30, 2016

    NB 990 v4 greatly improved

    - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

    "I have had every version of the 990 since the late 1980's and this is a great improvement over the V3. From the longer tongue to the fit, it just feels better. I did get some of the better sole inserts to go with this pair and that is very nice as well. I will probably always be a fan of the 990."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Best shoe ever

    - California

    "It took me years to wear out my old 498s, and was told the 990s took their place. So far, they are the best shoe ever for me."