How Much Do New Balance XC-72 Shoes Weigh? [Comparison Weight Chart]

Recently I purchased over 30 types of New Balance shoes, including the New Balance XC-72, so I could compare them on many things, including weight. How much do New Balance XC-72 shoes weigh?

New Balance XC-72 shoes weigh 14.88 ounces (0.93 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 XC-72 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 XC-72 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 XC-72 weight and how it compares to other popular New Balance shoes.

New Balance XC-72 Weight

My size 12 men’s New Balance XC-72 shoes weigh 0.93 pounds per shoe (14.88 ounces):


The New Balance XC-72 is marketed as a futuristic design on retro running shoes. It has an aggressive edge along with a midsole that extends out from the backside of the shoe. If you are looking for a retro running shoe, New Balance has other options (see my favorites).

XC-72 Weight Compared to Other Shoes

After trying over 30 different types of New Balance shoes, below is a weight chart comparing the New Balance XC-72 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

What Affects the New Balance XC-72 Weight?

The XC-72 is made with a suede upper and has a futuristic midsole that adds a bit of weight compared to similar options made by New Balance (see a list of other options).

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 XC-72 shoes are:

And to give you a better idea how the New Balance XC-72 shoe fits and responds on a foot, here I am wearing my shoes:

Shoes Similar to the New Balance XC-72

If you are interested in the New Balance XC-72 because you like retro athletic shoes shoes, New Balance actually has several options you should consider. Here’s what you need to know:

  • New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12 – This 1080 isn’t a retro shoe, it is a running shoe, but I wanted to include it because it was the most comfortable New Balance shoe that I tried. It has that “squishy” feeling that provides comfort under the foot (show me how the 1080 responds on a foot).
  • New Balance 720 – The 720 is a low-profile retro running shoe that sits lower on the foot that many other types of New Balance shoes. Click here to see how the 720 responds on a foot.
  • New Balance 327 – The 327 has a retro running style, but the design is much different than the XC-72. The 327 has a rubber outsole that wraps up the back heel of the shoe. Click here to see how the 327 responds on a foot.
  • New Balance 237 – This New Balance shoe is inspired by 1970’s running shoes and has a traditional design. It is very comfortable to wear and has a thick foam midsole for support. Click here to see how the 237 responds on a foot.

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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