New Balance WC656 Reviews

20 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

67%Rated 5 stars

7%Rated 4 stars

13%Rated 3 stars

7%Rated 2 stars

7%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

85% "Felt true to size"

85% "Felt true to width"

53% "Excellent arch support"

Additional 15 WC656 New Balance Reviews

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November 3, 2013

Anonymous

from Florida

These are the best tennis shoes I have ever bought. I had to buy them a half size up, as I often do anyway for athletic shoes. They are perfectly narrow, lightweight and comfortable!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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August 21, 2013

Lois H

from Moline, Illinois

This New Balance tennis shoe is comfortable and supportive. It felt good on the courts. I bought the 9 even tho I am an 8 1/2 in a dress shoe because I always go up a half size in athletic shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Maybe the Asics.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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August 7, 2013

Margaret H

from Tucson, AZ

I'm hard to fit because I have wide feet and bunions. Usually have to order a double wide shoe, but this shoe only came in wide. It has plenty of room and a nice, roomy toebox. I use my own insoles so can't speak for the arch support, but the shoe is comfortable with no break-in period.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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August 4, 2013

Anonymous

from Sequim, WA

Perfect shoe for pickleball or tennis. At Zappos I was able to get my size in narrow at about half the cost of my local shoe store. Fast delivery, too.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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May 2, 2013

Sue B

from Marietta, GA

Love these for tennis. This is my 2nd pair. Are great for my wide feet and high arches. I wear them with orthotics and have no foot pain.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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March 13, 2013

Samantha M

from Grand Rapids MI

I needed mainly white shoes for my CNA training and these fit the bill. I have wide feet and I have custom inserts for an extremely high arch. It is hard to find shoes to put my inserts in and these worked perfectly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Felt true to width

 

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February 7, 2013

Anonymous

from Kansas City

These shoes were replacing another similar pair of NB shoes, and they are great. I need the width for my bunions. I lace them very loosely and did a little stuffing/stretching them, and they are very comfortable for tennis several times a week!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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October 23, 2012

Sally L

from Honolulu

Great shoes...good fit just like the NB that was discontinued. Would order them again -- if they're still available when I need new shoes!

Brands I'd also recommend: Not sure -- I like

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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September 19, 2012

Anonymous

from Florida

This is my third pair of New Balance Tennis Shoes. My first pair was the 654 version. When they wore out, I purchased the 655 version. Now I'm wearing the 656 version. I love these shoes. I play pickle ball about 3 hours a day 5 days a week and my feet never get sore or tired. They are so comfortable and protect my feet. I would recommend this style shoe to anyone who asked.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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July 20, 2012

Anonymous

from Baltimore, MD

I'm a fan of New Balance shoes, and this one didn't disappoint. It's an attractive shoe and fits me well. The look of the shoe is kind of wide in the forefoot but the fit isn't wide (I have a narrow-to medium foot). I also like plenty of space in the toe box, and this shoe has it (that's one of the main reasons I like NB shoes).

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 9, 2013

Anonymous

from Hood River, OR

I must have tried on 15 different tennis shoes before I got to this one. Even ordered several different New Balance shoes from Zappos. All too narrow on the little toe, many too long and skinny, even in wide sizes. This one is great. Have used probably 30 times now, and they are holding up very well. They did take a few wears to soften around the ankle, but they did soften. Just ordered more to put on the shelf in case they stop making them.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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January 25, 2013

Anonymous

from Western PA

Nice tennis shoe although a bit narrower in the "toe box" than I had hoped. I have a slight bunion on one foot so I need to have a shoe that accommodates that or will soften to do so. I've worn them 3 times now and it is getting better but not quite there yet.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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January 20, 2013

Anonymous

from Clinton< NY

This tennis shoe is a great shoe, but shortly after it was worn the toe broke open. So we contacted Zappos who graciously replaced it. It's a great fitting shoe with good arch support. I would reccomend it.

Brands I'd also recommend: Saucony

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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December 4, 2012

Anonymous

 

I have been a fan of New Balance for many years but was very disappointed in this shoe. Even though they are comfortably roomy at the base of the toe box the shoe narrows into almost a v-shape at the front causing pinching and discomfort. I also find that the shoe is cut too shallow in the toe area, causing my feet to rub against the top of the shoe. They would be going back except I already wore them outside in hopes that being leather, the shoes would conform more to my foot as I wore them. Not so. All of us in my very sports oriented family go out of our way to buy the leather NB since they are more breathable and over time will work with your foot rather than against it like synthetics. But it is getting more and more difficult to find real leather athletic shoes and this narrows the options quite a bit. Also as some others have noted the leather is not as supple and comfortable as it used to be, it feels more like plastic. Despite my loyalty to the NB brand I may have to start checking out alternative. Zappos service as always, stellar.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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February 4, 2013

Anonymous

 

These shoes are NOT made in USA. They are also very stiff and hard. I will admit I was so disappointed that they are made in China that I did not walk in them, just tried them on and didn't like how high they came up on my ankles. They are plastic feeling.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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