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A plush shoe for the low-arched runner, the New Balance 940 offers maximum cushioning and a semi-soft ride.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


The New Balance 940 replaces the 850 and continues to provide support for low to flat arches. The straight shape also aids in stability and provides a great fit for a low arch or flat foot. There is also plenty of heel cushioning to keep you running comfortably for miles.

Model Number:

Weight: 13.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (33mm), Forefoot (18mm)

Available Widths: B=Narrow, D=Medium, 2E=Wide, 4E=Extra Wide

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Straight

Assembly: USA


The New Balance 940 is a maximum featured, maximum support shoe intended for everyday training and high mileage.


  • N-ergy consists of a shock-absorbing cushioning compound in the heel and forefoot for a lightweight responsive, ride.
  • Acteva Lite is a full-length, premium lightweight midsole foam with optimal compression-set properties.
  • STABILITY WEB located in the midfoot offers torsional stability, helping to minimize flex and provide lightweight arch support.
  • Stabilicore uses a stiff thermoplastic unit running from the midfoot to heel for stability and a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
  • Medial Post consists of higher density foam in the midfoot that works to correct over pronation.
  • Synthetic Mesh throughout the upper provides lightweight and breathable coverage.
  • Lightning Dry along the interior of the upper helps manage moisture to keep feet dry and comfortable.
  • Dual Density Collar Foam in the heel collar keeps the heel in place and provides comfort.
  • SURE LACE shoe laces stay tightly tied and prevent unwanted lace loosening.
  • Ortholite Sockliner provides additional underfoot cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length ABZORB foam, for enhanced cushioning and a soft underfoot feel.
  • Ndurance is a highly durable carbon rubber located in the heel and the lateral side of the outsole.
  • Blown rubber in the forefoot increases cushioning and responsiveness.


  • SL-1 is a running and walking-specific last with a standard heel and forefoot width and a standard 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: This shoe is great but it runs 1/2 size small. I loved the feel of the size 12 1/2, but it was 1/2 size too small. When I went to a 13 it was traditionally larger overall. I put thicker insoles in, and now use the size 13.
From: Gilbert, Pine Knot, KY 

Comments: I thought the NB850 was the most comfortable running shoe I had ever worn, but this shoe is even more comfortable than that.  Broken-in right out of the box.  I can't speak for the long-term wear/durability though. Toe box is noticeably smaller than the 850.  There is no better 4E width shoe for distance running.
From: Ryan, PDX, OR, USA

Comments: Rock-solid stable with a super smooth transition, I can really dig in these. Still an SL-1 model, so sizing is consistent with past models in this line that this shoe replaces. Good cushion for the 44 year old ankles and knees this 5'5", 160lb frame trots along on (though I could always go for a little extra forefoot cushion). Only complaint is that NB has eliminated the excellent N-lock arch wrap, in favor of....nothing apparently. Please bring it back NB!!
From: Tonygio, Bartlett, IL, USA

Comments: As with the 850's, New Balance has once again delivered a premiere shoe for medium framed, flat footed, runners like myself. The 940 provides the best support, cushioning, and comfort to help me cope with a mild case of Plantar Fasciitis.  If a mild stability shoe does not provide enough support, or if a motion control shoe provides too much, this if your go-to shoe.  I could not be more satisfied.
From: Marcos, Metairie, LA, USA