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New Balance WW968 Reviews

42 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

80%Rated 5 stars

16%Rated 4 stars

4%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

81% "Felt true to size"

86% "Felt true to width"

64% "Excellent arch support"

37 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 5/23/13
Overall Rated:3 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

I have been wearing this line of NB for years - this time it is so stiff that it stabs my ankle. Rats. It fits, but like wearing steal.

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5 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 5/23/13
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:1 stars!

I'm very disappointed with this shoe. I bought the New Balance WW968 to wear on a walking trip to Ireland. I wanted a pair of light-weight, waterproof shoes. I purchased the shoes in December, 2012, wore them to get ready for the walk, and then wore them on our 112-mile, 10 day walk in May 2013. Although I was initially happy with the shoes, several serious problems with design and defect developed. Here are the basic problems: 1. The shoe has eyelets for the laces. Consequently, when it rains hard, or when you step in a puddle, even if the water does not go over the top of the shoe, it trickles through the eyelets. 2. Despite thoroughly breaking in the shoe, I blistered, largely because my feet were wet. (See above.) 3. Worst of all, I noticed on the penultimate day of the trip that the sole is separating from the shoe! Granted, we walked in some wet weather, and through mud. But the shoes were less than 6 months old, and had no more than 300 miles on them when this happened. These shoes are way too expensive to perform in such a shoddy manner.

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August 23, 2013

Anonymous

 

As with most NB shoes, this boot has a nice heel fit (narrower than most shoes). I wish they would also widen the toe box a bit more for a fit that truly follows the line of an actual woman's foot.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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March 7, 2014

T S

from Brockton, MA

I bought these shoes almost a year ago. They are beginning to show wear but I've been wearing them just about every day. Yeah, they're not exactly summer wear but when I'm out walking I need the support since fracturing a bone in the side of my foot. These have great support for your feet. Even my foot doctor was impressed.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 21, 2014

Anonymous

from Rochester MN

I use these as work shoes and I wear orthopedics. I first took the insole out and put in my orthopedics and at the end of the night my feet were sore. I added the insoles back in and added my orthopedics insoles and bam I love them. They are stiffer then they the 928 but I love that. My feet move less and flex less and don't feel so over worked. I have worked at out hospital for over 30 years on my feet all night and have learned now at my age less flexing is good for my feet. It has good shock absorbency and the forward foot rolls up some and also feels it has good grip in the toe area with cushion.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 14, 2014

Marilyn K

from Ann Arbor, Michigan

Comfortable and great fit immediately out of the box. Excellent tread for walking in Michigan's snow and ice. I find them completely waterproof due to the tongue design. Took a 5 mile walk on Saturday, the first day with temperatures above freezing after getting about 20" of snow and ice the week before. Deep puddles everywhere. My pantlegs were wet halfway to my knees but my feet were toasty and dry.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 25, 2013

Anonymous

from Baltimore, MD

These are without question the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned. When I first got them the tongue was a little hard at the top, but after 4 - 5 days of wear they softened. Other than that there was no breaking in period. I can hike all day in them and my feet do not get tired. I have always had trouble getting comfortable shoes. These are awesome!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 2, 2013

Susan

from Ada, Michigan

I have finally found a pair of super comfortable shoes that don't look like tennis shoes but sure feel like them. Since these are waterproof, I plan on wearing them all winter for running around town. These shoes have put the spring back into my walk. I wish they came in another color because I'd buy those too.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 24, 2013

Linda P

from north Arkansas

I absolutely loves these shoes! You get all the comfort & sturdiness that New Balance promises, plus the look of a desert boot, sort of. I ordered them for the look & the brand & I'm not disappointed!

Brands I'd also recommend: Softspots, for durability! (Last forever.)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 30, 2013

Annie P

from Anchorage, Alaska

Love, love, love these. My orthotics fit in nicely and they are quite comfy. Living in Alaska you never know what the weather will be and these are perfect three season shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 17, 2013

Anonymous

from Ojai, California

These New Balance 968s in 7 1/2 EE are perfect for my seriously wide feet with bunions. The toe box is roomy, but the heel still fits. There is room for my orthotics. I love them. They also have a nice hiking shoe look.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 25, 2013

Anonymous

from Michigan

I bought these shoes because they are described as waterproof, and I'm going to be taking a long, 100+ mile walk in Ireland later this spring. I bought these shoes a half size larger than I normally wear, based on other reviews. The size 7 is perfect for my 6.5 feet. In addition, I was able to wear these shoes out of the box for a two-mile walk, and then, a week later, spent four long days walking and sight seeing in Savannah, Georgia, with nary a blister or problem with my feet. The shoes are surprisingly lightweight, but sturdy. When I first put them on, they feel a little stiff, but that seems to subside as I walk. The real test will come in May when we'll see if they stand up to bogs and rain. Fingers crossed.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 21, 2013

Anonymous

from Michigan

I have very wide feet across the toes. For years I had to buy shoes that were too long just to get them wide enough. Well, not anymore. I wear new balance all the time now. I bought these WW968 and they are so comfortable that I didn't even need a break in period. These are sporty looking and very well made. They lace up nice and snug or you can leave them a little looser. Great all purpose casual or hiking shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: for me its New Balance or nothing!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 1, 2013

Peggy M

from Defiance, Ohio

Shoe very comfortable, and offers great support. The only negative I have is that the color shown is not the true color of the shoe - it is dark brown.

Brands I'd also recommend: Naturalizer, Nike

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 8, 2013

Anonymous

from Baltimore MD

These shoes are very supportive and comfortable. I broke them in for about a week before wearing them hiking on St John, and they were perfect -- not too hot, waterproof enough. Now I'm warm enough wearing them in this cold Northeast winter. I needed a stiff sole because I broke a metatarsal last year. This works.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 30, 2013

Julie

from Wisconsin

Very comfortable with an extremely well padded tongue and heel surround. The heel padding comes up a little higher in the back than I'd like, so I hope it won't irritate my Achilles tendon. I am impressed with the waterproofing and warmth.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 25, 2013

Anonymous

from Illinois

Wow! This is the first time I shopped Zappos and I'll definitely be a repeat customer. What a convenience to have free shipping and returns! Anyway, after ordering about 6 different shoes, I finally hit the jackpot! The first time I wore these shoes, it was only for a few hours and they felt good. Now since I've worn them all day, I don't want to take them off! The wide is a true wide. My feet are so comfortable in these New Balance shoes and being waterproof is great too. I wish all my shoes fit like these do. They are PERFECT :)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 21, 2013

Anonymous

from Tulsa, OK

I made a two mile hike right after taking them out of the box. I like the waterproof feature. Since I usually wear size 7┬ŻAAAA, shoes are not easy to locate and were not available in the local New Balance store. They fit great with thick socks.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 7, 2013

PK

from Kirkland, Washington

This shoe felt a little high on the ankle but softened immediately. Large enough to wear a thick sock which is nice in such a durable shoe. Need to lace it tightly to prevent heel from slipping. I love this shoe. It is perfect for a rainy winter climate. One could go on a trail hike with it.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 13, 2012

Anonymous

from Wisconsin

Just returned from 2 weeks of traveling in Europe, walking constantly. This was the only walking (non-sneaker) shoe that I could find that fit my 6EE foot well. After breaking them in for a couple weeks before the trip, they were very comfortable & fully waterproof throughout.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 1, 2012

Anonymous

from Greenbank, WA

I purchased this shoe as a fall/winter walking shoe. My first walk was 5 miles. The shoe is very comfortable and felt as good at the end of the walk as it did at the beginning.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks, Saucony

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 28, 2012

Anonymous

from Central Valley, Calif.

These are really nice. Very comfortable and nice looking. Felt great in the toe box. Heel comfortable and didn't slip. Able to wear thick socks without crowding my foot. But after wearing them around the house for an hour or so the tongue, which is very stiff, rubbed my ankle sore. Have to return them. Bummer.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen Presidio sneaker

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 4, 2012

Anonymous

from Paso Robles, CA

I needed a pair of good walking shoes for vacation & these are great. They also have the added benefit of being waterproof. It's extremely difficult to find a 10-1/2 wide shoe in brown & New Balance is one of the rare companies that does. I am so thankful for Zappos & their no charge policy for shipping both directions.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 17, 2014

Patty

from Honolulu, HI

I work on concrete floors and outside on blacktop and gravel. These shoes give me the right amount of support. My sister works in a sports bar and they save her legs and feet.

Brands I'd also recommend: aisics

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 4, 2013

Anonymous

 

These shoes are very comfortable, although it did take a couple of weeks for them to get fully broken in. My custom inserts fit well, no crowding at all. They are water resistant, and proved to be worthy when I tested them out through the parking lot in the pouring rain. A bit pricey, but I would say they are a good shoe.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 14, 2013

Anonymous

from United States

Shoes are a bit stiff, but should be fine once broken in. Fit is excellent, and I have had compliments on them!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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October 4, 2013

Karen R

from San Francisco Bay Area

I like this shoe very much but it was too large. I have been wearing the same NB size, 8.5 D, for more than 20 years. They have always fit perfectly. This one, however, was too wide and the toe box was huge. I even with put my orthotic on top of its own removable foot bed. It was still too big. Perhaps this one shoe was mis-sized, but I'm sending it back anyway.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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