This New Balance 993 Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my 993 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 993 shoes run big or small?
New Balance 993 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. Click here to view side-by-side sizing photos comparing these shoes to other popular brands.
Let’s start this New Balance 993 Sizing Guide by looking at the direct side-by-side comparison photos of my New Balance 993 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.
New Balance 993 Sizing Photos
New Balance 993 On My Foot
To give you an idea how the 993 responds on a foot, here I am wearing mine:
New Balance 993 (right) vs Skechers Afterburn Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Reebok Classics Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Adidas 2k Boost Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Nike Zoom Winflo Sizing
New Balance 993 Sizing vs Skechers Go Walk Slip On
New Balance 993 (right) vs 990 Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Brooks Glycerin Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Skechers Go Walk Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Saucony Shadow 6000 Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Adidas Superstar Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Nike Air Max Excee Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Crocs Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Under Armour HOVR Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Hey Dude Wally Sox Sizing
New Balance 993 Sizing vs Vans Slip On
New Balance 993 vs Nike Air Force 1 Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Adidas Cloudfoam Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Asics Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Hoka One One Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Converse Chucks Sizing
New Balance 993 (right) vs 574 Sizing
New Balance 993 Sizing vs Vans Old Skool
New Balance 993 vs Converse Pro Leather Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Adidas Gazelle Sizing
New Balance 993 (right) vs 997 Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Nike Blazer Sizing
New Balance 993 (right) vs 992 Sizing
New Balance 993 vs Fresh Foam Roav Sizing
New Balance 993 (left) vs 880 Sizing
New Balance 993 (left) vs 860 Sizing
New Balance 993 (right) vs 515 Sizing
New Balance 993 (right) vs 57/40 Sizing
New Balance 993 (right) vs 847 Sizing
New Balance 993 (right) vs 813 Sizing
New Balance 993 (left) vs 2002r Sizing
New Balance 993 (right) vs 237 Sizing
New Balance 993 Sizing vs 1080
Do New Balance 993 Run Big or Small?
When I compared the New Balance 993 Shoes to other types of popular athletic-style casual shoes pictured above, I found the fit to be very similar. They do fit just a tiny bit wider than other casual shoes.
To read more about sizing, visit my New Balance Sizing Guide.
Do New Balance 993 Shoes Fit Wide or Narrow?
In my experience, New Balance 993 sizing width is a bit wider than other types of casual shoes. Do not expect a slim, narrow fit. For comparison, here is my New Balance 993 compared to my Nike Cortez shoes. The Nike Cortez are well-known for having a narrow design and toe box.
As you can see, the 993 shoe fits 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 993 shoes (standard) compared to the Nike Air Monarch 4E (which is a popular extra wide shoe):
I also feel like the New Balance 993 sizing has a wider collar opening than most other shoes (you can see in the photo above how wide the collar area is). This makes it very easy to slip my foot in and out of the shoe.
Below is a photo of me measuring the width of the outsole on my 993 men’s size 12 shoes:
To be fair, the midsole of the 993 does flare out a bit on the sides, so the measurement above won’t be the exact width of the upper itself.
That said, the midsole width is a bit wider than other types of casual shoes that I tried, which means these shoes offer a wider platform base. The main takeaway is expect these 993 shoes (even in the standard width) to have a slightly roomy fit.
New Balance 993 On Foot
Here I am wearing my New Balance 993 shoes, which I found to have a true-to-size, roomy fit. They have that chunkier design that was popular for 90’s running shoes:
How Much Do New Balance 993 Shoes Weigh?
My size 12 men’s New Balance 993 shoes weigh 1.06 pounds per shoe.
Recently I tried over 30 different types of New Balance shoes. Overall, these shoes are reasonably lightweight, however, I did find that other types of New Balance athletic casual shoes weighed less. Click here to see how the weight of the New Balance 993 Shoes compares to other New Balance shoes.
Are New Balance 993 Shoes Breathable?
Yes, the New Balance 993 shoes are breathable. Here is a close-up look at the breathable material on my 993 shoes:
Although the 993 is reasonably breathable, it isn’t as breathable as certain types of New Balance running shoes. For example, here is the the New Balance Propel that I own:
You can actually see light passing through the shoe.
The main takeaway is, yes, expect the New Balance 993 shoes are reasonably breathable since they are an athletic casual shoe with mesh on the upper. But there are more breathable options made by New Balance (Propel, Rebel).
How Flexible are New Balance 993 Shoes?
Flexibility can play a large role in the fit and comfort of a shoe.
Although the 993 does have a sturdier (less flexible) build than certain types of modern running shoes, I did find this 993 to be more flexible than the 992. In the videos below, I tried to capture how flexible these shoes are:
Do New Balance 993 Shoes Fit Tall?
New Balance 993 Sole Height
I found the New Balance 993 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 993 shoe:
New Balance 993 Heel Drop
When I searched for New Balance 993 heel drop information, I couldn’t find solid data anywhere. New Balance (at the time I am publishing this article) does not list the 993 heel drop information on the product page.
I decided to measure the 993 heel drop myself. When I measured my New Balance 993 shoes using an 8-inch Digital Outside Caliper, I found the heel drop to be approximately between 13 and 14mm.
Here I am measuring the heel drop of the New Balance 993 shoes:
**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 993 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 New Balance 993 sizing, but it can affect how comfortable it is for you to use. To read more, visit my article that discusses the New Balance 993 heel drop and how it compares to other options.
Do New Balance 993 Shoes Fit Comfortable?
In my experience, the New Balance 993 shoes have a comfortable fit. They are part of New Balance’s Made in USA collection. Out of the Made in USA collection, I actually think these 993 shoes are the most comfortable.
To read more in depth about comfort, visit my article Are the New Balance 993 Shoes Comfortable?
New Balance 993 Padding
The New Balance 993 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 993 shoes near the collar:
Does the New Balance 993 Have a Removable Insole?
Yes, the New Balance 993 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 993 shoes:
How Thick is the New Balance 993 Insole?
I measured my New Balance 993 insole to be slightly under a quarter-inch thick. This insole thickness is comparable to many other types of New Balance shoes.
To read more about this shoe, visit my comparison articles linked below:
New Balance 993 Sizing Conclusion
In my experience, the New Balance 993 sizing is true to size, but does have a roomier fit than other types of athletic casual shoes. I ordered my normal sizing and it fit comfortably, but if you prefer a snug fit, you may need to size down.
If you like the New Balance Made-in-USA collection, I thought the 992 fit a little bit bigger than the 993, and I thought the 990 fit a little bit smaller than the 993.