New Balance 928 Sizing Guide w/ Photos [Fit Big or Small?]


This New Balance 928 Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my 928 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 928 shoes run big or small?

New Balance 928 shoes fit true to size for most people. They have a fit that is very comparable to other types of casual walking shoes. 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 928). 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 928 Sizing Guide by looking at the direct side-by-side comparison photos of my New Balance 928 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 928 Sizing Photos for Men

All photos below use a size 12 for men’s comparison photos and a size 7 for women’s comparison photos. The photos below start with men’s sizing. Click here to jump directly to the women’s sizing photos. The exact version used for these sizing photos is the New Balance 928v3.

New Balance 928 On My Foot

To give you an idea how the 928 responds on a foot, here I am wearing mine:

New Balance 928 (right) vs Skechers Afterburn Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Nike Air Max Excee Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Adidas 2k Boost Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Reebok Classics Sizing

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New Balance 928 (right) vs 813 Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Skechers Go Walk Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 928 (right) vs 990 Sizing

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New Balance 928 (right) vs 877 Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Skechers Go Walk Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Saucony Shadow 6000 Sizing

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New Balance 928 (right) vs 1540 Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Crocs Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Hey Dude Wally Sox Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Vans Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Nike Air Force 1 Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Keen Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs Nike Cortez Sizing

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New Balance 928 (right) vs 577 Sizing

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New Balance 928 (right) vs 574 Sizing

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New Balance 928 (right) vs 847 Sizing

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New Balance 928 vs 880 Sizing

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New Balance 928 Sizing Photos for Women

New Balance Women’s 928 (right) vs Under Armour Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 (right) vs 880 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 (left) vs 990 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 (right) vs 1080 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Vans Slip On Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Hey Dude Wendy Sox Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Skechers D’Lites Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Nike Cortez Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Nike Air Max 1 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Nike Internationalist Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Keen Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Crocs Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Hoka Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Brooks Adrenaline Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 928 vs Asics Gel Kayano Sizing

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Do New Balance 928 Shoes Fit Wide or Narrow?

The New Balance 928 is built using the SL-2 last, which is designed to create a wider forefoot and deeper toe box area. When I recently tried over 30 New Balance shoes, I thought this was one of the roomiest fits.

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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For width comparison, here is my New Balance 928 compared to my Nike Cortez shoes (both size 12). The Nike Cortez are well-known for running small and having a narrow, shallow toe box.

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As you can see, the 928 shoe fits wider than the narrow Nike Cortez. But the 928 standard still 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 928 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 928 men’s size 12 shoes:

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These New Balance 928 width measurements are very standard compared to other types of New Balance walking shoes. These shoes are available all the way up to New Balance 6E Width.

Do New Balance 928 Shoes Run Big or Small?

As we have discussed throughout, when I compared the New Balance 928 to other popular types of walking and casual shoes, I found these shoes to fit true to size with a slightly roomier forefoot and toe box area.

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


How Much Do New Balance 928 Shoes Weigh?

My size 12 men’s New Balance 928 shoes weigh 1.08 pounds per shoe.

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Recently I tried over 30 different types of New Balance shoes. If you are looking for something lightweight to walk in, there will be better options. Click here to see how the weight of the New Balance 928 Shoes compares to other New Balance shoes.

Are New Balance 928 Shoes Breathable?

The New Balance 928 shoes are not one of New Balance’s most breathable options. It’s important to understand that these shoes are built for for padded comfort and stability. They are made with thick padding for cushioning, and they are made with leather uppers which help provide stability and support.

Here is a close-up look at the material on my 928 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 928 provides.

If you are looking for a more breathable New Balance walking 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 (see other New Balance shoes with Rollbar).

The main takeaway is don’t expect the New Balance 928 shoes to be the most breathable option. But what this shoe lacks in breathability, it makes up for with stability, comfort, and support.

New Balance 928 On Foot

Here I am wearing my New Balance 928 shoes, which I found to have a comfortable fit:

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How Flexible are New Balance 928 Shoes?

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

The New Balance 928 shoes have a design that is flexible enough to walk in. But, remember, these shoe are made using leather uppers. They provide more support than lightweight running shoes, but because of that, they aren’t as flexible.

In the video below I tried to capture how flexible these shoes are:

Do New Balance 928 Shoes Fit Tall?

New Balance 928 Sole Height

I found the New Balance 928 sole height for my size 12 shoes to be approximately 2 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 928 shoe:

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New Balance 928 Heel Drop

When I searched for New Balance 928 heel drop information, I couldn’t find solid data anywhere. New Balance (at the time I am publishing this article) does not list the 928 heel drop information on the product page.

I decided to measure the 928 heel drop myself. When I measured my New Balance 928 shoes using an 8-inch Digital Outside Caliper, I found the heel drop for my 928 shoes to be approximately 11-12mm.

Here I am measuring the heel drop of the New Balance 928 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 928 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 928 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 928 heel drop and how it compares to other options.

Do New Balance 928 Shoes Fit Comfortable?

To read more in depth about comfort, visit my article Are the New Balance 928 Shoes Comfortable?

New Balance 928 Padding

The New Balance 928 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 928 shoes near the collar:

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Does the New Balance 928 Have a Removable Insole?

Yes, the New Balance 928 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 928 shoes:

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How Thick is the New Balance 928 Insole?

I measured my New Balance 928 insole to be slightly over a quarter-inch thick. This is one of the thickest insoles that New Balance offers.

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928 Comparisons

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

New Balance 928 vs 813

New Balance 928 vs 577

New Balance 928 Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, the New Balance 928 fits true to size. When I compared the sizing of the 928 to the sizing of other popular walking and casual shoes, I found the sizing to be very similar.

The New Balance 928 shoes have a regular width that I would describe as not too narrow nor too wide. These shoes are available in wide sizes.

If you want to compare the 928 to other similar types of New Balance walking shoes, I also tried the New Balance 813 and the New Balance 577.

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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