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New Balance Shoes for Boys Review – Lightweight, Supportive, Deep, and Fits Orthotics!


I decided to review this particular shoe style made by New Balance because it provides most of the features that parents want in their kids’ shoes. When I write a review about a particular shoe style is because I have fitted that particular shoe style before, since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

Do you have a child that has wide or extra wide feet and a high instep? This is the best shoe style that you will ever find for his/her feet. Please keep in mind that this shoe style won’t fit the shape of a child with narrow feet.

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FITevery single child.

I am familiar with which are the best shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands from actually having fitted and tested the shoes in different children’s feet.

Shoes can fit short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they fit you need to adjust what size you will get for your child. We always want to go a half a size longer of your child’s foot size in order to allow for growing room.

For example, if your child’s feet measure a foot size 5 and the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 6 in order to allow enough growing room (a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer). On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long” then you will need to pick the same shoe size instead of going a half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).

Please keep in mind that the shoe style that I describe below fits “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.

For the last 5 years I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their kids’ online.

The Best New Balance Shoe Style for Boys ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

New Balance 990V5 – The Overview

Shoe Style Name: New Balance 990V5
What type of foot does this shoe style fit? Medium, Wide, and Extra Wide
Purpose of the shoe: Every day wear.
Removable Insole: Yes
Accommodates Orthotics: Yes
How does the shoe style fit: True to size
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I have never let a family walk out the shoe store without being a 100% sure that their kids’ shoes were fitting properly. I care about making sure your child is wearing the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size, since your child can develop several foot issues from wearing the wrong type of shoes.

Keeping your Kids’ Feet Healthy Means Finding the Proper Shoes!

The New Balance KV888V2 is the #1 choice for parents who are looking for a pair of supportive, lightweight, flexible, durable shoes that can also accommodate an orthotic.

Do you feel like you struggle every time you have to put your kids’ shoes on? Can you imagine not having to shove the shoes in your kids’ feet every time you have to put them on? I believe that this shoe style will make your life a lot easier!

This is one of the best shoe styles for children made by New Balance. This particular shoe style has been around for at least 10 straight years, and New Balance keeps making them because parents are buying their kids the same shoe over and over again (keep in mind that it does come in different colors!).

This shoe style is available from an infant shoe size 2, all the way up to a little kid size 3 (ages 8 to 12), and the version with shoelaces goes all the way up to a big kid size 7.

This shoe style retails between $36.62 to $49.30 depending on what size your child needs, and thats more of what most parents want to pay for their kids’ shoes.Parents always tell me how they can find cheaper shoes at places such as Target or Payless but those shoes usually end up falling apart a lot quicker and most importantly they don’t provide any type of support for your child’s feet.

I believe that for the quality and support this shoe style provides, they are very reasonably priced.

You are getting an every day pair of shoes for your children that I can guarantee they will outgrow before they wear them out.

Let’s take a look at how this shoe style looks like and a closer look at the features it provides. This first picture shows how even though the shoe style has suede it’s still breathable. The shoe also comes with a thick , durable and supportive sole:

New Balance Shoes For Boys

This shoe style also provides good traction to minimize the likelihood of your child from slipping and falling down:

New Balance Shoes For Boys

I decided to recreate the most important questions that parents have asked me at the shoe store about this shoe style:

  • What type of foot will this shoe style FIT?

This shoe style will fit a child with a medium (choose M), wide (choose W), or an extra wide (choose XW) foot.  Even though this shoe will fit a child with a medium width foot, this shoe style is known for being best shoe style for children who have wide or extra wide feet.

  • Is this shoe style available with Velcro closure or shoelaces?

This shoe style is available in both Velcro closure and shoelaces.

  • Does this shoe style “runs true to size”?

Yes. This shoe style runs “true to size”. This means that once you figure out your child’s foot size in the standard foot measuring device (Brannock device), you just need to go a half a size longer to allow for growing room.

  • Will this shoe style fit a child with a high instep?

This shoe style will fit a child with a high instep because is deep and comes with a round toe-box.

  • Does this shoe style provide arch support?

Yes, this shoe style provides arch support.

  • Does this shoe style provide ankle support?

Yes, this shoe style comes with a firm heel counter that provides good arch support.

  • Does this shoe style come with a removable insole?

Yes, this shoe style comes with a removable insole. You can easily remove it to insert an orthotic if necessary.

  • Can I fit an orthotic inside this shoe?

Yes, this is one of the best fitting shoe styles for children that need orthotics. The main reason for this is that the shoes are very supportive and deep, meaning that the orthotic will fit deeply inside the shoes, and it won’t raise your kids’ feet up.

  • Is this shoe style durable?

Yes, one of the most durable children’s shoes. Your child should always outgrow this shoe style before it’s ready to be replaced. This shoe style comes with a feature called NDURANCE which is a rubber compound for maximum durability used in high wear areas.

  • Is this shoe style available in different colors?

Yes, this shoe style is also available in navy, and black.

  • What is this shoe style made of?

This shoe style is made out of leather and suede on the sides. It also comes with mesh to allow for proper breathability.

  • Will my child be able to wear this shoe style as his or her every day shoes?

Yes, this shoe style provides good everyday support, so your child can wear it for his or her every day activities.

  • Can I put this shoe style in the washing machine?

No. I don’t recommend putting this shoe style in the washing machine since you might end up ruining the materials.

  • Does this shoe style provides good traction?

This shoe style provides excellent traction. It’s meant to be worn as an every day shoe, so your child can wear it to school, run around all day, play sports (keep in mind that as your child keeps getting older the coach might require a specific sport shoe).

  • Is this shoe style easy to put on?

Yes, this shoe style is easy to put on since it opens up widely.

What I LIKE about this shoe style:

✅ PRO #1 The shoe style fits extremely well and its very versatile since it offers enough support to be worn for every day activities.

✅ PRO #2: Easy On & Off! You won’t have to struggle every time you are putting your child’s shoes on since they open up nice and wide. If your child is old enough, he won’t have any trouble putting the shoes by himself.

✅ PRO #3: Fits children with extra wide feet and a high instep.

✅ PRO #4: I love how lightweight and flexible this shoe style is. Great for children who are running around all day!

✅ PRO #5: This shoe style accommodates any type of orthotics.

✅ PRO #6: This shoe style is available in different widths and comes in half sizes and while you might believe this is a given for most shoes, there are a lot of kids’ sneakers out there that are available in whole sizes only.

What I DON’T LIKE about this shoe style:

CON #1: Won’t fit a child with narrow feet.

CON #2: Not machine washable.

Are you 100% Sure that Your Child is Wearing the Correct Shoe Size?

Did you know that your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer if you don’t provide him with the correct shoe size? I am always emphasizing to parents to take their kids to their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that proper fit the shape of their feet.

I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:

The Best Kids’ Shoe Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Is there another New Balance shoe style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from them.


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