New Balance 720 Sizing Guide w/ Photos [Fit Big or Small?]


This New Balance 720 Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my 720 shoes next to other popular shoes so you can see the difference in sizing. I will also discuss things like weight, width, flexibility, and sole height. After trying these shoes, do New Balance 720 shoes run big or small?

New Balance 720 shoes fit true to size for most people. They have a fit that is very comparable to other types of athletic casual shoes. I ordered my normal sizing and they fit comfortably (side-by-side comparison photos below).

In my experience, the New Balance 720 shoes have a comfortable fit that is very lightweight and flexible. This shoe combines a retro running style with a more-modern wedge outsole, and because of that, it has a comfortable design that doesn’t feel stiff on the foot.

Let’s start this New Balance 720 Sizing Guide by looking at the direct side-by-side comparison photos of my New Balance 720 shoes compared to other popular shoes. Then let’s discuss how other design specs of this shoe differ from other options. All photos below use a size 12 men’s shoe.

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New Balance 720 Sizing Photos

New Balance 720 On My Foot

To give you an idea how the 720 responds on a foot, here I am wearing mine:

New Balance 720 vs Reebok Classics Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Adidas 2k Boost Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Vans UltraRange Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Vans Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Vans Old Skool Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Skechers Go Walk Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Saucony Shadow 6000 Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Keen Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Nike Cortez Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Nike Blazer Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Nike Air Max Excee Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Nike Air Force 1 Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Hey Dude Wally Sox Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Crocs Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Converse Pro Leather Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Adidas Superstar Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Adidas Gazelle Sizing

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New Balance 720 (right) vs 5740 Sizing

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New Balance 720 (right) vs 997 Sizing

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New Balance 720 (right) vs 990 Sizing

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New Balance 720 (right) vs 574 Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Vans Authentic Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Vans Sk8-Hi Sizing

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New Balance 720 (right) vs 237 Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Under Armour HOVR Sizing

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New Balance 720 (right) vs 1080 Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Brooks Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Adidas Cloudfoam Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Asics Sizing

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New Balance 720 (left) vs 327 Sizing

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New Balance 720 vs Skechers Go Walk Slip On Sizing

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Do New Balance 720 Shoes Run Big or Small?

When I compared the New Balance 720 Shoes to other types of popular athletic-style casual shoes pictured above, I found the fit to be very similar. In my experience, the New Balance 720 shoes fit true to size.

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


Do New Balance 720 Shoes Fit Wide or Narrow?

In my experience, New Balance 720 shoes do not fit wide. I would actually describe the fit as a bit narrow compared to other similar styles, but because the material is so flexible, the shoe does a good job at conforming to the foot.

For comparison, here is my New Balance 720 compared to my Nike Cortez shoes. The Nike Cortez are well-known for having a narrow design and toe box.

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And below is the width of my New Balance 720 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 720 men’s size 12 shoes:

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Again, the fit is narrow, but the material is so lightweight and flexible that it does not choke the foot.

New Balance 720 On Foot

Here I am wearing my New Balance 720 shoes, which I found to have a true-to-size, comfortable fit:

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How Much Do New Balance 720 Shoes Weigh?

My size 12 men’s New Balance 720 shoes weigh 0.69 pounds per shoe.

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Recently I tried 33 different types of New Balance shoes. Overall, these shoes are very lightweight. To read how these shoes compared to other options, visit my New Balance shoe weights article.

New Balance 720 Material

The New Balance 720 shoes are made using a lightweight suede and nylon upper. Here is a close-up look at the material on my 720 shoes:

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How Flexible are New Balance 720 Shoes?

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

The New Balance 720 shoes have a flexible design that feels responsive on my foot (remember, it is inspired by retro running shoes). This is one of the most lightweight and flexible shoes that New Balance offers. In the videos below, I tried to capture how flexible these shoes are:

Do New Balance 720 Shoes Fit Tall?

New Balance 720 Sole Height

I found the New Balance 720 sole height for my size 12 shoes to be approximately 1 inch tall near the heel. Overall, this is a low-profile shoe compared to many other types of New Balance shoes.

In the photo below, I tried to capture the heel height, and the overall height of the 720 shoe:

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Do New Balance 720 Shoes Fit Comfortable?

To read more in depth about comfort, visit my article Are the New Balance 720 Shoes Comfortable?

New Balance 720 Padding

The New Balance 720 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 720 shoes near the collar:

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Does the New Balance 720 Have a Removable Insole?

Yes, the New Balance 720 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 720 shoes:

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How Thick is the New Balance 720 Insole?

I measured my New Balance 720 foam insole to be slightly under a quarter-inch thick.

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This insole thickness is comparable to many other types of New Balance shoes.

720 Comparisons

To read more about how the New Balance 720 shoes compare to other options, visit my articles linked below:

New Balance 720 vs 237

New Balance 720 Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, the New Balance 720 fits true to size. When I compared the sizing of the 720 to the sizing of other popular athletic casual shoes, I found the sizing to be very similar.

The 720 does run a bit narrow, but the material is so lightweight and flexible, that it does not choke the foot. I ordered my normal sizing and the fit was comfortable.

If you need a wider design, the New Balance 574 is another athletic casual sneaker, and it comes in wide sizing.

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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