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The New Balance 730 is a great go-between for those wanting a more minimal shoe, but also want a tad bit of buffer from the hard ground. This shoe's super simple design includes a slightly protective midsole, 3mm heel toe-offset and a smooth and seamless upper, without the weight of frilly extras. Available October 2012.

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Weight: 7.0 (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (16mm), Forefoot (13mm)

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium to full volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium height
Product Lifecycle
  • Release date: February 2012
  • Model discontinued: Unknown


The 730 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral shoe designed for racing, speedwork and daily training. It is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.
  • ACTEVA LITE is a full-length, premium lightweight midsole foam with optimal compression-set properties.
  • Open Mesh covers the majority of the upper and is designed for lightweight breathability.
  • Traditional Sockliner provides additional underfoot cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.
  • Blown rubber in the forefoot increases cushioning and responsiveness.


  • NL-1 is a running-specific last with a standard heel width, a wide forefoot, and a low toe-box height.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I agree with Mike (Ruston, LA) - Overall excellent shoe; even for a 215lb clydesdale like me. I've had some minor irritations with the laces coming undone despite a double knot. Not a big deal for me as I bought the NB730s for "recovery" runs (~9 min/mile). I've only ran between 3-5 milers once or twice a week in the NB730s (rotate in with Mizuno Wave Inspire 7s). It took a short while to either break them in or get used to but now they are very comfortable and helping to transition from heel to mid-foot striking.
From: Todd, Lake Forest, Ca USA

Comments: I have been using this model for the last two months in preparation for a marathon in november. i have been running minimalist for about 3 years, and loved the previous model shoe (mr-10). have run a couple of 20 miles runs, and lots of medium runs. can't tell if the heel drop is less that last year's mr-10 model, but at first it did. plenty of toe box room for long runs too. one fault with the shoes, is the laces come loose half the time i run (yes, i tie them properly). otherwise, i love this shoe.
From: Tony, Salem, MA USA
Editor's Note: The New Balance 730 is a separate model from the New Balance MR10. The second version of the MR10 is the MR10v2, which is due out in March 2013.

Comments: I have to agree with Chris.  These are pretty much a racing flat with a wide toe box, which is without a doubt, the best part about these shoes.  However, the lack of cushioning is a real disappointment.  I am a mid-foot striker.  So far, I've only done 3-mile tempo runs in them and have felt a decent amount of pain afterwards.  I can't imagine running any long distances in them.  If the next generation of the 730 has the proper cushioning with that toe box, then it will definitely be a keeper.  But in my opinion, find something else for longer runs.
From: P.B. , Chicago, IL, USA

Comments: Look great, super comfortable for hanging out, very light and fast, love walking in it, hate running in it. I am a heavy (well over 200 lbs) runner who tries for midfoot strikes and this shoe is so jarring I can't do much more than three miles without having sore, numb feet. In my old NB 905s I can do twice that easy. Going to save these for hanging out and find a little more shock absorption -- love how "natural" running does my knees but hurt feet don't make me want to run!
From: Matthew, Albany, NY USA

Comments: I'm a 54 year old "novice" runner (1:50:xx half) who spent 18 months battling a chronic case of PF.  I now buy into the theory that less is better.  I will never be a barefoot runner but have switched to low stack shoes and a midfoot strike.  My running is smoother than ever before and feels much more effortless.  I completed my first run today in the NB 730's and I love them. I liked the room in the toe box and the flexibility.  They felt very comfortable to me.
From: Rick, Fort Wayne, IN, USA

Comments: I bought these shoes based on a review from  I was about to buy the Minimus Road MR00s when i learned about these.  It's basically the Minimus Road built with slightly cheaper materials (time will tell how they hold up).  I went on my first run with them today and  racked up 10 miles and they felt great - no hot spots.  I usually have some kind of issue with new shoes, but not so with these.  My calves did get more of a workout, but i expected that.  I previously ran with the Brooks T7 (11 mm drop) so the 730s (3 mm drop) felt completely flat.  The 730s are very light and flexible with a wide toebox (fits me perfectly), but they have zero cushioning.  If you heel strike, please look elsewhere.
From: Tom, Houston, TX, USA

Comments: I bought this shoe at sports authority (sorry running warehouse) for $59 and planned to use it strictly as a casual wearer. But after a few weeks I realized this shoe has everything I look for in a daily trainer: low height, low drop, wide forefoot, low weight, firm ride, flexible, and incredibly soft and comfortable upper. It also comes in a color scheme that doesn't hurt your eyes. Took these out for a few easy runs and loved them. This is the best $60 shoe I've ever had (apart from the Nike streak xc 2 when on sale). Planning to buy several more pairs to stock up. Only drawback is the tongue, which, while very comfortable, moves around a lot. Hopefully in the next version they make it a sewn tongue. Minor inconvenience though. Great overall shoe. New balance is doing some cool stuff.
From: Anthony, San Diego, CA

Comments: Just wanted to add for the laces people, just invest two bucks in a set of NB bubble laces which are designed to stay tied no matter what. MT110 has these and they work like a charm!
From: David, Silver Spring, MD, USA

Comments: Agree with Michael these are the best running shoes I've had in years. Just got back from a 10-mile run with no issues whatsoever. I've been through almost all the minimalist offerings (Kinvara, Minimus, Merrell, Vibram, Pure Project, etc.) but these fit my feet perfectly, are cushioned but firm, very lightweight and have a lot of flex. PLUS they are cheap and look to be well-constructed. All of this adds up to a shoe that will soon be discontinued, so I plan to stock up like a madman this summer. Run free, people!
From: David, Silver Spring, MD, USA

Comments: I agree with Kevin below: these shoes are extremely comfortable.  I would recommend them as a transitional minimal shoe, because like other reviewers noted, they are a bit firm.  That's not to say that they are not flexible or cushioned though, because they are both. The upper is breathable, yet your foot is anchored in place nicely.  I have always
been a mid-foot striker, and these are one of the first shoes that really allow me to do so without extra effort.  The shoelaces are a nice touch.  I use them as a daily trainer, and they are the best shoe I've worn in years.  I also own the NB MT110s and they are very similar.  I hope that these continue to come out in the following years, because I think they might be my favorites to go to.  A+
From: Michael, Bloomington, IN, USA

Comments: I find this shoe to be extremely comfortable and they greatly facilitate a forefoot/mid foot strike.  If you heel strike these shoes are not for you.  I use the new balance mt 110 as my trail shoe and 730 as my road shoe.  They are very similar with the 730 giving a bit more forefoot cushioning than the mt 110.
From: Kevin, Charlotte, NC, USA

Comments: Very, very firm mid-sole when running. The mid-sole feels cushioned when walking, but seems to turn rock hard when running. Nice, wide toe box.  Definitely not an everyday trainer, but a training tool and probably a racing shoe.
From: Brad, Charlotte, NC, USA

Comments: Very nice.  Just because it is minimal doesn't mean it has to be ugly!  These shoes just look awesome!  Very hard sole though, I feel like it is harder than the ground I walk on but that may just take some getting used to. They are very flexible which is great.  My toes curl back comfortably even doing pushups.  Another cool thing is that they don't show the stress from flexing that far.  Other shoes I've had in the past show bad crease marks where they flex around the ball of the foot.  Some other shoes have a hard spot at the front of the laces that dig into the top of your foot when you flex them all the way back but the 730's do not hurt.  Oh and they are cheap!
From: Dave, Elizabeth City, NC, USA

Comments: Chris nailed it with his comments below. While I believe this shoe will serve many runners admirably, it just wasn't my cup of tea. Even with a Spenco insole I was struck (literally and figuratively) at how little cushion this shoe had. I'm currently running in the Green Silence, and while I love it I was hoping to find something that provided the lightweight cushion of that shoe with a little less heel drop. I was tempted to try the Brooks Connect, but I've heard that shoe runs a bit narrow. By the way, I believe this shoe tends to run a bit small. Usually I run in an 8 (my Green Silence is 8.5), but with this I should have gotten an 8.5. I could see using this shoe for racing 5 or 10Ks, but my 40 year old bones can't handle regular training in this one. Again, I think this is a solid minimalist shoe, just a bit too minimalist for me.
From: Josh, Mill Creek, WA USA

Comments: These shoes deliver on pretty much everything they advertise. However, I think how minimal these shoes actually are is pretty understated. It is not that they are advertised wrong, but that the minimalism is not stressed quite enough, in my opinion. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, between you and the road other than the sole. You literally feel like you are running on the ground. Now don't get me wrong, the shoe delivers on it's promises; it is a great low profile, minimal shoe, with a great fit, wide toe box, and super smooth transition, but there is ZERO cushion. Combined with the 3mm drop, you better be ready for these shoes, and already be a lighter, efficient, forefoot strike runner who does not want ANY cushioning at all and a very firm (but very flexible) ride. I have run in true racing flats that had more cushioning, but I will say that the wide platform designed for forefoot strike makes it a much more stable feel under your foot that a true racer, so that  would be the main difference in my mind between a true racing flat and the NB730. The jury is still out whether or not I can make this an everyday shoe, but I think it will definitely be fantastic for faster days and really sweet for half and full marathon racing. As for Mitch's comment about the laces not staying tied, well, I double knot my laces and don't have any trouble with that at all.
From: Chris, Johnson City, NY, USA

Comments: These laces will not stay tied!!!
From: Mitch, Washington MO USA