How Much Do New Balance 990v5 Shoes Weigh? [Comparison Weight Chart]

Recently I purchased over 30 types of New Balance shoes, including the New Balance 990v5, so I could compare them on many things, including weight. How much do New Balance 990v5 shoes weigh?

New Balance 990v5 shoes weigh 16.16 ounces (1.01 pounds) per shoe for a size 12 men’s shoe. When I tried over 30 different types of New Balance shoes, this is how the 990v5 compared to other options.

I found the average weight to be 0.89 pounds for a size 12 men’s shoe across all the 30+ New Balance shoes that I tried. This means the New Balance 990v5 weighs more than the overall average weight based on the shoes that I tried.

In this article let’s take a closer look at New Balance 990v5 weight and how it compares to other popular New Balance shoes.

New Balance 990v5 Weight

My size 12 men’s New Balance 990v5 shoes weigh 1.01 pounds per shoe (16.16 ounces):


A women’s size 7 shoe weighs 0.72 pounds per shoe (11.52 ounces):


The New Balance 990v5 is marketed as a running shoe, but it also fits the description of a casual athletic shoe. If you are looking for a true running shoe, I think New Balance has better options (see my favorites).

990v5 Weight Compared to Other Shoes

After trying over 30 different types of New Balance shoes, below is a weight chart comparing the New Balance 990v5 weight to all the other New Balance shoes that I tried:

*Weights below are based off of one size 12 men’s shoe.

FC Rebel0.548.64
FF Roav0.619.76
FC Propel0.6510.4
FF Arishi0.6510.4
FF Cruz0.6911.04
FF More0.6911.04
FF Hierro0.7411.84

This is where you can see the list of shoes that I liked better than the 990v5 shoes.

What Affects the New Balance 990v5 Weight?

The 990v5 is made with a breathable suede/mesh upper which does help keep the weight down a little bit. Here’s the material on mine:


There are, however, different types of New Balance shoes that are much more breathable.

For example, the New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 shoes – when I hold them up to the window, you can actually see light passing through the material:


In the videos below, I tried to capture how flexible these 990v5 shoes are:

And to give you a better idea how the New Balance 990v5 shoe fits and responds on a foot, here I am wearing my shoes:

Shoes Similar to the New Balance 990v5

If you are interested in the New Balance 990v5 because you need athletic/running shoes, New Balance actually has several options you should consider. Here’s what you need to know:

  • New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 – The FuelCell Rebel was the most lightweight New Balance shoe that I tried. The FuelCell foam midsole was extremely flexible, and provided a soft, “squishy” feeling under my foot (show me how the Rebel responds on a foot). It will be much more lightweight and flexible than the 990v5.
  • New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12 – This 1080 shoe was the only other New Balance shoe that I felt like was just as comfortable as the Rebel shoe above. Both have that “squishy” feeling to provide comfort under the foot (show me how the 1080 responds on a foot). But the 990v5 will provide more support. To read more, visit my article about 990 vs 1080.
  • New Balance Made in USA 993 – This was actually my favorite shoe out of the entire New Balance “Made in USA” collection. I think it provides a little bit more comfort under the foot than the 990v5. To read more, visit my article about the New Balance 993 vs 990v5.

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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