New Balance Men’s 928 V3 Lace-up Walking Shoe – Review

New Balance Men’s 928 V3 Lace-up Walking Shoe – Product characteristics

  • 100% Leather
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Leather upper
  • Removable polyurethane footbeds
  • Rubber outsole

New Balance Men’s 928 V3 Lace-up Walking Shoe – Reviews


Bottom line, the 928 series has gone downhill since the release of the V2. My first pair of 928’s were black V1’s that were purchased from my podiatrist who is an authorized New Balance dealer. They lasted me 3+ years (2 of which, the left side was worn with a custom ankle brace/orthotic daily) and as you can see, I still have to wear them occasionally, I’ve attached photos of how beat up they are, and they just developed sole wear…although the upper and lower are STILL attached and sealed.My second pair of 928’s were brown V2’s that were again purchased from my podiatrist office. They lasted approximately 4 months before the right sole separated and blew out completely! I chalked this up to a freak accident, with the possibility of water damage and blamed myself. I attempted a repair, which lasted a couple of weeks and decided to buy YET ANOTHER pair of 928s and some rubber boots for wet days…I have attached photos of the carnage,My third pair of 928’s were brown V3’s that I purchased here on Amazon in September of ’17. These shoes were worn in good weather with minimal abuse and suffered the SAME RESULT as the V2’s after only 3 months!!! I attempted yet another repair with a higher quality glue and they lasted a month before ripping right through again! Pictures of these are also attached.I loved and adored my original V1’s, but New Balance has dropped the ball on this once amazing line. Save your money and buy a different brand if you need additional support/motion control. These aren’t worth the price of the shoddy construction!

Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2018

If you need stability this is the best shoe to have.

I began wearing these shoes for walking when I weighed over 380lbs. I began walking a mile and then two miles and then almost four miles. I now walk three miles a day. These shoes are stable enough and strong enough to handle that kind of duty. Now that I weigh 230 lbs. they wear a little longer than they used to and I discovered that the insoles wear out faster than the shoes. Replacing the insoles is easier and cheaper than a new pair of shoes so now each pair lasts me almost a year. No other shoe I have worn has the stability these shoes have! I have worn Brooks and others but they wear out quickly and give way. I used to roll out over my right foot and all my shoes wear out and crater on the right hand side of the right foot. These do also eventually but not as bad as any other shoe I have tried. One down side is that some executive is making his bonus by having the tongues cut a 1/4 inch too short. Also, there are several different shoes that are 928’s; some are all leather, some with a mesh tongue, and some that are primarily mesh. If you need support the all leather is the only way to go. There is a lot of difference between the strength of the shoe even with just the mesh tongue.

Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2018


I wore the original 928 for years for aerobic walking, and recently needed a new pair. The reviews for 928v2 were terrible so I skipped that generation. But the reviews for 928v3 were good, and I couldn’t find the original 928 anywhere, so I went with these. Basically, these are 95 % similar to the original 928’s. HOWEVER, not exactly the same. The tongue is shorter, and sometimes seems “too short”. You have to really tug on it to get it to be long enough for the shoe. In addition, I don’t think the shoe is fully as comfortable as the original Gen 1; it seems to be slightly less tall, i.e., the top of my foot gets a bit squeezed on long walks. To be clear, the differences are not huge, and people just coming to the 928’s will probably be happy, but I can’t really give this model 5 stars anymore, like I did with the Gen 1 version. Also, none of this will matter much if you are just wearing them to the store for errands. I wear them for 45+ minute power walks 6 days/week so every little idiosyncracy takes on heightened importance.

Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2017

Tongue is far too short so the laces dig into my ankle

These are overall great shoes, the latest iteration of ones I’ve been buying for years. HOWEVER, the tongue is way too short, much shorter than the previous versions. The top lace — the heel lock one — slips up over the top of the tongue after 50 steps and digs into my ankle the rest of the day. I can’t skip lacing that one because, as the name implies, my heel slips if I do. (I’d return them but it’s been too long.)Very disappointed, my go-to shoe for a decade.

Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2017

Quality shoe – (See 6 month edit)

This shoe fits like I expected, and feels much like my old (discontinued) 840s. They do feel really good on my feet, and overall i think are a good shoe. Unfortunately, one of the felt liners on the inserts started peeling inside 2 weeks. Not exactly something i want or expect in a shoe this expensive. If the insert had stayed together, this would be an easy 5 stars, but as it is i need to buy a replacement pair of inserts, so i am docking a star for that.Edit: 6 Months later -After 6 months, the shoe (Aside from the liner) still is in great shape. It’s not uncommon by now for me to wear out a pair of shoes. (I have a pair of NB769s i bought about the same time that I’ve nearly worn out the heel section of) Honestly, my opinion of this shoe has gone up a few notches after wearing them this long. I would have expected more wear and tear. Since the wear here has been exceptional, I’m adding back the star that i took out earlier.

Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2017

Totally frustrating sizing from New Balance

I have purchased at least a dozen pair of shoes from New Balance in size 13. I have three pair in this size that I still wear quite comfortably. However, when I ordered these 928’s in size 13 and held them sole-to-sole with my last purchase New Balance 928’s, they were an inch shorter. My big toe was pressing against the end of the toe box. I knew they would be impossible to wear, so I sent them back and reordered a 14. Granted, I don’t wear 14 in any other shoe. However, if a 13 is so short the my toe pressed against the end of the toe box, a 14 should be fine, right? Wrong. The 14 was so big I was literally walking out of them. (Sigh…) I have loved New Balance products over the years, but they’ve lost quality control in regards to size consistency to the point that I can no longer purchase them on line without expecting to return at least one pair. I will add, Amazon Prime does a great job of easing the return process, but wouldn’t it be great to just have a shoe that fits as expected?

Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2018

New Balance Men’s 928 V3 Lace-up Walking Shoe – FAQ

What’s the difference between v2 and v3?

V3 is more like he original 928. The V2 is a loser.

Based on the design of the sole, it looks like these shoes would not be good on slick/wet surfaces. Anyone had problems with slipping?

Only had the show for about two weeks. Had some rain and was riding buses with what I would consider a slippery surface. I did not notice any problem with slipping. Very pleased with the shoes appearance, fit and performance. In short, no slipping noticed!

Does this shoe have mess or leather uppers?

Hi, The Leather 928v3s have leather uppers; however, other versions like the 928v3s in white have a synthetic/mesh upper.

v2 vs v3 differnces?

Main difference is they made a bigger toe box standard in the V3. Went back to the V1 design. It is the reason I bought the V3. Also Amazon had the size I wanted – T2 width. I was wearing the V2 design.

Is the toe box of the mesh bigger than the leather v2, which didn’t fit with my orthotics as the v1 did

Hi Mary, The 928v3 is made with the same shoe last an SL-2 as the previous version. It does have a deep toe box and maybe you could try a 1/2 larger size or width.

My last pair of nb 928 was 12 2e do i need 12 wide or 12x-wide?

Size 12 W is 12 2E for Men’s New Balance

Does the v3 run smaller like the v2? most shoes i’m a e4 wide but was a e6 with the v2.

No, the V3 is supposed to fit like the original. There was a problem with how the V2 was constructed and caused the shoes to fit narrower.

I purchased a pair on 09-11-2017. The sole is seperating where it is glued to the toe. Would this be under warrienty?

You can request a return label from amazon. But a short trip to a shoe repair will fix this in less than 10 minutes or a little Gorilla glue will save you a lot of time and money.

Is the black 928v3 suede? The picture is not suede.

The only 928 in suede for men is the gray. The black ones are leather. Larry from A Perfect Dealer

Are the 928v3 slip resistant ?

My experience with these is that they are very slip resistant. I have had other shoes in the past (Reeboks) that were actually dangerous on wet surfaces. However, these New Balance really grip well and I have had no problems with them slipping.

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