New Balance 997 Sizing Guide w/ Real Comparison Photos


I’ve worn the New Balance 997 shoes and compared their sizing to other popular shoes and my conclusion is this: New Balance 997 sizing runs true to size and fit very similar to other types of athletic-style casual shoes. I ordered my normal sizing and they fit comfortably.

***Verify Your Size: New Balance now has its own sizing guide to help you find the right fit based on your specific foot size. Click here to view the New Balance sizing guide at NewBalance.com (paid affiliate link takes you to NewBalance.com). This is a great place to start for New Balance 997 shoe sizing, along with looking at the comparison photos on this page.

It’s important to note that I personally do not have wide feet. Although my shoes fit comfortably, these 997 shoes do run just a little bit narrow. If you have wide feet, you might want to adjust accordingly.

When I started to compare the New Balance 997 fit to other major brands, I found that these shoes are sized very consistent when compared to other athletic-style casual shoes. For example, here are my size 12 New Balance 997 shoes compared to my size 12 Adidas 2K Boost Shoes:

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As you can see, those shoes have a very similar sizing. In my experience, both the Adidas 2K Boost and New Balance 997 fit true to size.

There are, however, certain types of casual shoes that the New Balance 997 shoes will fit looser than. For example, many types of Vans shoes fit snug, and run a bit smaller than these New Balance 997s.

Here are my size 12 New Balance 997 shoes compared to my size 12 Vans Slip On shoes:

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In my experience, the New Balance shoes fit a little bit looser than Vans Slip On shoes. Ultimately, my normal sizing for the New Balance 997s felt very comfortable.

In this article I want to discuss New Balance 997 fit in more detail and directly compare the sizing of these shoes to the sizing of other popular shoes. I will compare these New Balance 997 shoes to Adidas shoes, Nike shoes, Converse shoes, Under Armour shoes, and Vans shoes. I will also compare them to my New Balance 608 sizing.

New Balance 997 Sizing

Do New Balance 997’s Run Big or Small?

As we discussed above, in my opinion, New Balance 997 sizing fits true to size. But it is important to note that like many athletic-style shoes, they do have a narrow design that might not work well if you have wide feet. Although they fit true to size, they don’t have a loose fit.

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As you probably know, the New Balance 997 shoes are casual shoes that are designed to have a lightweight, comfortable feel much like a running shoe. These shoes are very lightweight compared to other types of casual shoes on the market today.

For example, my size 12 men’s New Balance 997H shoe weighs only 0.74 pounds per shoe. Here is a photo of me weighing my shoe:

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New Balance 997 Wide Sizing?

New Balance does not currently offer the 997 shoes in wide sizing, but they do offer a large selection of their shoes in wide sizing. This is where you can view the entire selection of wide shoes available at New Balance (paid affiliate link takes you to NewBalance.com).

As I mentioned at the top of the page, I do feel like these New Balance 997 shoes, although true to size, do run just a little bit narrow. I don’t have wide feet, and mine fit comfortably, but if you have wide feet, the normal sizing might not fit perfectly.

***Verify Your Size: New Balance now has its own sizing guide to help you find the right fit based on your specific foot size. Click here to view the New Balance sizing guide available at NewBalance.com (paid affiliate link takes you to NewBalance.com). This is a great place to start for New Balance 997 fit advice, along with looking at the comparison photos on this page.


New Balance 997 vs Adidas 2K Boost Sizing

The New Balance 997 fit is very similar to the sizing and fit of the Adidas 2K Boost shoes. If you made me choose, I’d say the Adidas shoes ran just a tiny bit wider than these New Balance 997 shoes, but overall these shoes are very similar in sizing.

Here are my shoes, both size 12:

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Under Armour Hovr vs New Balance 997 Sizing

The New Balance 997 fit is also very similar to the sizing and fit of the Under Armour Hovr shoes. My recommendation would be to order your same sizing in both shoes.

Here are my shoes, both size 12:

under-armour-vs-new-balance-997-sizing

New Balance 997 vs Nike Air Max Sizing

In my experience, the Nike Air Max shoes fit a little bit looser than the New Balance 997 sizing. I feel like the Nike Air Max shoes are a bit roomier in the toe box area, and might be a better option for those who have wide feet.

Here are mine, both size 12:

nike-vs-new-balance-997-sizing

New Balance 997 vs Vans Slip On Sizing

These New Balance 997 fit looser when compared to casual Vans shoes. Many of Vans shoes have a snug design that runs a bit smaller than true shoe size. I found these New Balance shoes to fit true to size and the Vans slip on shoes to fit a bit tighter.

Here are mine, both size 12:

vans-vs-new-balance-997-sizing

New Balance 997 vs Chuck Taylor Sizing

Overall, despite the length of the shoes looking very similar in the picture below, I would caution you to expect the Converse Chuck Taylors to run a little bit bigger than the New Balance 997 shoes. The Chuck Taylors don’t have as much padding, so it creates a looser fit.

Converse Chuck Taylors are well known for running about a half size bigger than normal shoe sizing. Here are mine, both size 12:

converse-vs-new-balance-997-sizing

Adidas Nizza vs New Balance 997 Sizing

The New Balance 997 fit a little bit looser than these Adidas Nizza shoes. Take into account in the picture below that the New Balance shoes have more padding around the collar, which makes the sizing a bit closer than it appears in the photo:

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New Balance 608 vs New Balance 997 Sizing

As you can see below, these two New Balance shoes have basically the exact same sizing. Here are mine:

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New Balance 997 Sizing Summary

After wearing the New Balance 997 shoes and comparing their sizing to other popular brands my conclusion is that they fit true to size, and are sized quite similarly to other athletic-style casual shoes. My only work of caution is that they do run a bit narrow, and might not work perfectly for wide feet.

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Ultimately, I would recommend ordering your normal sizing for New Balance 997 fit. Again, expect a very comfortable, lightweight fit that won’t weigh you down. These shoes are very comfortable to wear.

Click here to buy the New Balance 997 Shoes at Amazon (paid affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). If you need wide shoes, this is where you can view wide sizing for at NewBalance.com (paid affiliate link takes you to NewBalance.com).

New Balance 997 Sizing Guide: New Balance now has its own sizing guide to help you find the right fit based on your specific foot size. Click here to view New Balance 997 fit and sizing advice available at NewBalance.com (paid affiliate link takes you to NewBalance.com).

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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