New Balance 877 Sizing Guide w/ Photos [Fit Big or Small?]


This New Balance 877 Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my 877 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 877 shoes run big or small?

New Balance 877 shoes fit true to size for most people. They have a fit that is very comparable to other types of casual sneakers. I ordered my normal sizing and they fit comfortably.

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 877). 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 877 Sizing Guide by looking at the direct side-by-side comparison photos of my New Balance 877 shoes compared to other popular shoes. Then let’s discuss how other design specs of this shoe differ from other options.

New Balance 877 Sizing Photos

All photos below use a size 12 men’s shoe. The exact style used for these photos is the New Balance 877v1.

New Balance 877 On My Foot

To give you an idea how the 877 responds on a foot, here I am wearing mine:

New Balance 877 (right) vs Reebok Classics Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Adidas 2k Boost Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Brooks Adrenaline Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Skechers Afterburn Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Skechers Go Walk Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Keen Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Vans Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Skechers Go Walk Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Saucony Shadow 6000 Sizing

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New Balance 877 (right) vs 847 Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Nike Air Max Excee Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing

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New Balance 877 (right) vs 840 Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Crocs Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Nike Air Force 1 Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Under Armour HOVR Sizing

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New Balance 877 (right) vs 990 Sizing

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New Balance 877 (right) vs 574 Sizing

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New Balance 877 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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New Balance 877 (right) vs 1080 Sizing

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New Balance 877 (right) vs 577 Sizing

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New Balance 877 (right) vs 813 Sizing

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Do New Balance 877 Shoe Fit Wide or Narrow?

The New Balance 877 shoe is a leather walking casual shoe built to provide support and stability. It 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.

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To give you a better idea how wide the 877 fits, here is the Balance 877 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 877 shoe does fit wider than the narrow Nike Cortez.

To get a better idea of how wide these shoes are, below is the width of my New Balance 877 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 877 men’s size 12 shoes:

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These New Balance 877 outsole width measures approximately 4.75 inches for a size 12 men’s, which is a pretty standard width compared to the New Balance walking shoes that I have tried.

Do New Balance 877 Shoes Run Big or Small?

When I compared the New Balance 877 Shoes to other types of popular athletic-style shoes pictured above, I found the fit to be very similar. In my experience, the New Balance 877 shoes fit true to size.

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


How Much Do New Balance 877 Shoes Weigh?

My size 12 men’s New Balance 877 shoes weigh 0.95 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 page about New Balance Weight.

Are New Balance 877 Shoes Breathable?

The New Balance 877 shoes are not one of New Balance’s most breathable options. It’s important to understand that these shoes are built for for comfort and stability. They are made with leather uppers that help provide that support, but they won’t be the most breathable option that New Balance offers.

Here is a close-up look at the material on my 877 shoes:

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New Balance offers a wide selection of breathable shoes. Many of their running shoes are very breathable. For example, here is the the New Balance Propel that I own:

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You can actually see light passing through the shoe.

But it is important to understand that many New Balance running shoes won’t provide the same level of support and stability that the 877 provides.

If you are looking for a more breathable New Balance casual shoe that also provides stability and support, I would suggest considering the New Balance 847v4 walking shoes. They are made with breathable mesh on the upper, but still have the New Balance ROLLBAR technology for stability and the TPU heel insert for enhanced support.

The main takeaway is don’t expect the New Balance 877 shoes to be the most breathable option. But what this shoe lacks in breathability, it makes up for with stability and support.

New Balance 877 On Foot

Here I am wearing my New Balance 877 shoes, which I found to have a comfortable fit:

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How Flexible are New Balance 877 Shoes?

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

After trying many New Balance walking-style shoes, I felt like the New Balance 877 shoes were the most flexible. No, they’re not as flexible as New Balance running shoes, but they have a very flexible design compared to other types of walking shoes.

In the videos below, I tried to capture how flexible these shoes are so that you can judge for yourself:

Do New Balance 877 Shoes Fit Tall?

New Balance 877 Sole Height

I found the New Balance 877 sole height for my size 12 shoes to be approximately 1.5 inches tall near the heel. This heel height is very similar to many other types of New Balance shoes that I have tried.

In the photo below, I tried to capture the heel height, and the overall height of the 877 shoe:

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New Balance 877 Heel Drop

When I measured my New Balance 877 shoes using an 8-inch Digital Outside Caliper, I found the heel drop to be approximately 11mm.

Here I am measuring the heel drop of the New Balance 877 shoes:

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**It is important to understand that although I tried my best to get accurate measurements, the best way to measure heel drop is to cut the shoes in half and use an industrial caliper. Obviously, I didn’t want to destroy my shoes, but this is a convenient alternative way to measure the New Balance 877 heel drop.

The point is, think of this number as an approximation. For all official measurements, it would be best to reach out to New Balance directly.

The heel drop won’t affect how the New Balance 877 shoes fit, but it can affect how comfortable it is for you to use. To read more, visit my article that discusses the New Balance 877 heel drop and how it compares to other options.

Do New Balance 877 Shoes Fit Comfortable?

To read more in depth about comfort, visit my article Are the New Balance 877 Shoes Comfortable?

New Balance 877 Padding

The New Balance 877 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 877 shoes near the collar:

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Does the New Balance 877 Have a Removable Insole?

Yes, the New Balance 877 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 877 shoes:

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How Thick is the New Balance 877 Insole?

I measured my New Balance 877 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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877 Comparisons

To read more about how these shoes compare to other options, visit my articles linked below:

New Balance 877 vs 577

New Balance 877 vs 990

New Balance 877 vs 847

New Balance 877 Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, the New Balance 877 fits true to size. When I compared the sizing of the 877 to the sizing of other popular casual shoes, I found the sizing to be very similar.

The New Balance 877 shoes have a regular width that I would describe as not too narrow nor too wide. These shoes are available in wide sizes.

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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