New Balance 515 Sizing Guide w/ Photos [Fit Big or Small?]


This New Balance 515 Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my 515 shoes next to other popular shoes so you can see the difference in sizing. I will also discuss things like weight, width, flexibility, heel drop, and sole height. After trying these shoes, do New Balance 515 shoes run big or small?

New Balance 515 shoes fit true to size for most people. However, some people find that the 515 fits just a little bit smaller than their normal shoe size regarding length. If you are in-between sizes, it may be best to size up (side-by-side comparison photos below).

It’s important to note that this shoe is built using the SL-2 last, which is designed to create a wider forefoot area and a deeper toe box (show me comparison sizing photos for the 515). However, the SL-2 will *most likely* not be wide enough in standard form to overcome the need for wide sizing. In most cases, even on a wider last like the SL-2, you should still order wide sizing if you normally order wide sizing in shoes.

Let’s start this New Balance 515 Sizing Guide by looking at the direct side-by-side comparison photos of my New Balance 515 shoes compared to other popular shoes. Then let’s discuss how other design specs of this shoe differ from other options.

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New Balance 515 Sizing Photos

All photos below use a size 12 men’s shoe. The style used for these photos is the New Balance 515v3.

New Balance 515 vs Adidas 2k Boost Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Under Armour HOVR Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Reebok Classics Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Vans UltraRange Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Vans Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Vans Old Skool Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Skechers Go Walk Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Saucony Shadow 6000 Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Nike Cortez Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Nike Blazer Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Nike Air Max Excee Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Nike Air Force 1 Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Hey Dude Wally Sox Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Crocs Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Converse Pro Leather Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Adidas Superstar Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Adidas Gazelle Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Skechers Afterburn Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs 574 Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Skechers Go Walk Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Asics Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Adidas Cloudfoam Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Vans Sk8-Hi Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Vans Era Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Vans Authentic Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Hoka One One Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Brooks Glycerin Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs 997 Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs 880 Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs 993 Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs 2002r Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs 990 Sizing

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New Balance 515 vs Numeric Sizing

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Do New Balance 515 Shoe Fit Wide or Narrow?

The New Balance 515 shoe is built using the SL-2 last, which is designed to create a wider forefoot and deeper toe box area.

It’s important to understand that although the SL-2 last creates a wider fit compared to normal lasts, it won’t be enough to overcome the need for wide sizing. You will likely still need to order wide sizing if you normally order wide sizing in shoes. The SL-2 will feel just a tiny bit wider than standard shoes.

To give you a better idea how wide the 515 fits, here is the Balance 515 compared to my Nike Cortez shoes. The Nike Cortez are well-known for having a narrow, shallow toe box (both size 12).

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As you can see, the 515 shoe fits wider than the narrow Nike Cortez.

But, again, even though this shoe is a little bit wider than regular shoes, it likely won’t be enough to overcome the need for wide sizing.

To get a better idea of how wide these shoes are, below is the width of my New Balance 515 shoes (standard) compared to the Nike Air Monarch 4E (which is a popular extra wide shoe):

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Below is a photo of me measuring the width of the outsole on my 515 men’s size 12 shoes:

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Do New Balance 515 Shoes Run Big or Small?

When I compared the New Balance 515 Shoes to other types of popular athletic-style shoes pictured above, I found the fit to be similar (maybe a tiny bit smaller regarding length). If you are in-between sizes, it would probably be best to size up.

To read more about sizing, visit my New Balance Sizing Comparison Guide.


How Much Do New Balance 515 Shoes Weigh?

My size 12 men’s New Balance 515 shoes weigh 0.74 pounds per shoe.

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Recently I tried over 30 different types of New Balance shoes. To read about how these shoes compare to other New Balance shoes, visit my New Balance Weight Guide.

New Balance 515 Material

Yes, the New Balance 515 shoes are breathable. Here is a close-up look at the breathable material on my Numeric shoes:

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How Flexible are New Balance 515 Shoes?

Flexibility can play a large role in the fit and comfort of a shoe.

The New Balance 515 shoes have a flexible design that feels responsive on my foot. In the videos below, I tried to capture how flexible these shoes are:

Do New Balance 515 Shoes Fit Tall?

New Balance 515 Sole Height

I found the New Balance 515 sole height for my size 12 shoes to be slightly under 1.5 inches tall near the heel. Overall, this is a very standard heel height that is very similar to other types of athletic casual shoes.

In the photo below, I tried to capture the heel height, and the overall height of the 515 shoe:

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Do New Balance 515 Shoes Fit Comfortable?

New Balance 515 Padding

The New Balance 515 shoes do have padding around the collar and tongue which helps create a comfortable, but dependable fit. Here is a look at my New Balance 515 shoes near the collar:

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Does the New Balance 515 Have a Removable Insole?

Yes, the New Balance 515 has a removeable insole in case you need to clean or swap your insole. Here is a look at the removable insole in my New Balance 515 shoes:

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How Thick is the New Balance 515 Insole?

I measured my New Balance 515 foam insole to be slightly under a quarter-inch thick. This insole thickness is comparable to many other types of New Balance shoes.

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515 Comparisons

To read more about how the New Balance 515 compares to other similar shoes, visit my articles linked below:

New Balance 515 vs 574

New Balance 515 Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, the New Balance 515 fits true to size. However, some people find that this shoe runs a bit smaller than normal shoe sizing.

When I compared the sizing of the 515 to the sizing of other popular casual shoes, I found the sizing to be very similar. I ordered my normal sizing and it fit comfortably, but if you are in-between sizes, it might be best to size up.

I found the New Balance 515 shoes have a regular width. If you need a narrow design, I found the New Balance 720 shoes to fit more narrow.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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