New Balance 996v2

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No one’s born great. Fortunately the men’s 996v2 tennis shoe gives you the edge to chase it. Like PROBANK stability technology for lateral cuts. And superior flexibility for running down preposterously good forehands. All in the name of helping you find your greatness.

New Balance 996v2

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The best just get better. Which is why the men’s 996v2 tennis shoe takes the best of the previous model and ups the game.
  • 12 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 12 mm drop are approximate
  • Full foot TPU cage for supreme flexibility
  • Non-marking rubber outsole
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
  • Technology
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    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.

    Rubber compound for maximum durability used in high wear areas.

    A lightweight stability technology designed to guide foot positioning during lateral cutting movements.


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    Average Rating


    7 Reviews

    43% of reviewers recommend this product

    Size 2 of 5

    Runs Small
    Runs Large

    Fit 2 of 5

    Runs Narrow
    Runs Wide

    Comfort 3 of 5


    Aug 1, 2016

    These are my new "go to" shoes.

    - Imperial Beach CA

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    "I am a senior tennis player. I have worn many models of tennis shoes. This shoe, I measure 9.5, 2E, and wear 10/2E. I now have two pair and alternate them on every other day I play. I experience no foot fatigue, pain or other problems with my fee. My game is another matter, for another time. I love these shoes and I love my New Balance running shoes for my fitness training. Best wishes to all 1,300 New Balance employees in the USA."

    Jul 16, 2016

    good support, nice style

    - Middle island

    "I expected more from new balance because i use their 2e wide trainers which are excellent, but here are some pitfalls I see in this tennis sneaker, one the laces are too short which could be caused by the shoe being narrow in the construction. You need to leave the laces a little loose because for a 2E it is cut narrow. the base sole is stabile and fully grips the hard court or clay. I like the style. I need to put in a full year to see if it passes durability. the length for me is 10.5 and just right but i wonder if i had gone with the size 11 if the width problem would have been solved without creating a length problem? Not a big fan of "LIGHTER" shoes. I like full support laterally and these are average."

    Jul 13, 2016

    Good shoe for clay court play

    - Naples, FL

    "I play 5-6 days a week, mostly Singles but at least once a week Doubles, mostly on clay but on hardcourts when forced indoors. The shoe is very comfortable. The sole gets good traction and seems to wear well. The only downside is that the body of the shoe over the toe area (around the base of the big and little toes) seems to crack open. The interior doesn't crack - so you can't see through to my socks - but the exterior plastic-like mesh (whatever that stuff is) is not very durable."

    Jun 28, 2016

    nice looking shoe

    - california

    "to narrow, not wide enough. I'll consider purchasing it again if a wider size becomes available."

    Jun 19, 2016

    Runs extremely narrow.

    - brooklyn ny.

    "I have been buying 2E tenn tennis sneakers from new balance for the past 30 years. I've been waiting 30 years for them to come out with a stylish sneaker like this model. i i was so disappointed that it ran so narrow and it was no wider than the D. If you have a narrow foot im sure you will enjoy thismsneaker."

    May 29, 2016

    Some improvement over the original 996 one big flaw

    - Florida

    "As far as comfort and support goes, I find the v2 to be an improvement over the original 996. (This is a first for me, having a model discontinued and actually liking the new one better.) However, after a while, in 3 of the 4 sets I own (I tend to rotate my court shoes every day), the new "lattice" pattern on the top of the shoes has broken, and is starting to separate in several places. So far it hasn't affected my use of the shoes, but it is starting to look a bit unseemly."

    May 10, 2016

    Lumpy, heavy, and clunky..

    - california

    "The shoes are lumpy, heavy, and clunky. That sounds like the three stooges, but then it must have been those 3 who put this shoe together."