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


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on February 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of New Balance shoes for boys.

I decided to review this particular shoe made by New Balance because it provides most of the features that parents want in their kids’ shoes.

The New Balance 990V5 is the #1 choice for parents who are looking for a pair of supportive, lightweight, flexible and durable shoes. This shoe style also provides extra depth, making it ideal for children with wide feet and high insteps. Please keep in mind that this shoe style won’t fit the shape of a child with narrow feet.

There are also other New Balance shoe styles that provide similar features, and I will describe those styles below as well.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. We need to carry top-quality shoes that are available in different widths, as that’s the only way we can guarantee to fit every 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 on different children’s feet.

The New Balance 990V5 has been around for at least 10 straight years, and New Balance keeps making it because parents are buying their kids the same shoe over and over again — as it’s available in different colors.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before, as that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

The Best New Balance Shoe Style for Boys 

Unsure About What Shoe Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

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

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

Can Children Wear these Shoes as their Everyday Pair of Shoes?

Yes, your children can wear these shoes for their everyday activities. The shoes offer good support for your child’s feet and they are lightweight and flexible at the same time.

Are these Shoes Durable?

Yes, your child is going to outgrow these shoes before they get worn out.

What Type of Foot Do these Shoes Fit?

These shoes can fit children with medium, wide, and extra wide feet. The shoes can also accommodate the shape of a child with a high instep.

Do these Shoes Provide Good Traction?

Yes, these shoes provide excellent traction, especially when walking on slippery, wet surfaces.

Do these Shoes Come with Removable Insoles?

Yes, and you can easily pull them out if you have to.

Can I Fit an Orthotic Inside these Shoes?

Yes, these are some of the best fitting shoes for kids who wear orthotics.

Can I Put these Shoes in the Washing Machine?

No, I don’t recommend putting these shoes in the washing machine.

Are these Shoes Easy to Put On?

Yes, these shoes are easy to put on as they open up widely.

What I LIKE about these shoes:

✅ PRO #1 These shoes fit extremely well and they are very versatile as they offer enough support to be worn for everyday 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 on the shoes by himself.

✅ PRO #3: They can fit children with extra wide feet and high insteps.

✅ PRO #4: I love how lightweight and flexible the shoes are. Great for children who are running around all day!

✅ PRO #5: They accommodate any type of orthotics (including AFOs and SMOs)

✅ PRO #6: The shoes are available in different widths and they come 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 these shoes:

Con #1: They don’t fit children with narrow feet.

CON #2: They are 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 properly fit the shape of their feet.

I created a resource that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:

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

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

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

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child. My e-mail address is:


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

  1. If my child measures 10 E on a Brannock Jr while his orthotic is against his foot, do I need to order a 10.5 in this shoe? He was 9.5 size in length on one foot, but the arch length indicated size 10. Thank you!

    • Hi Nicole,

      I hope you are well. I am a little bit confused, it seems like you measured his feet while he was standing on the orthotic. That won’t give you the correct measurement.

      Please measure his feet without the orthotic. We usually want to go a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that the child measures in the Brannock device. Since he is wearing an orthotic it’s highly likely that he will need a whole size longer. However, the final shoe size he will take depends on which orthotic he is wearing as some orthotics take more space than other.

      If you are confused as how to measure his feet you can get back to me with pictures of his feet standing on the Brannock device (make sure his heels are all the way back and that he is standing straight) and I will be able to tell you which shoe size to get. You can send me the pictures here: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

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