The numbers act like a general guideline for the products. In most cases the higher the number the better the shoe. Here is how its broken down:
1. There are four basic categories of shoes on our site. Running, Walking, Training and Tennis.
2. With-in those four categories there are three sub categories. Cushioning, Stability, and Motion Control.
3. With-in these three sub categories you will find several shoes with several numbers. Most of the shoes on our New Balance site begin with the 500 or 600 series. So for example in the stability running category you may find a 600, 700, 800 up to 1900 series shoe or even higher. The higher the number in this sub category (stability) the more technology to support this category, the higher quality materials, and the higher grade of cushioning will be present. As you will note the price tends to get higher as well.
There are exceptions to everything including the series numbers. One exception may be if you have a foot condition. We may have had tremendous feed back on a particular shoe like the New Balance 840 series for conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis. Even though the 840 series is not the highest number in the Motion Control Walking Category, we still have had more success over other series numbers that may be higher. Body Type, as mentioned above New Balance makes specific shoes for heavier people so they are better for the heavier customer even though they don’t have the highest series number. There are a few other exceptions and if you have any questions please give us a call at toll free 1-877-573-1141.