New Balance MW877 Men’s Walking Shoe

Last updated date: April 18, 2021

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8.5

New Balance MW877 Men’s Walking Shoe

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We looked at the top Men's Walking Shoes and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Walking Shoe you should buy.

Update as May 12, 2021:
Checkout The Best Men’s Walking Shoe for a detailed review of all the top men's walking shoes.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the New Balance Men's MW877 Walking Shoe placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

New Balance is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their goals. It's been their mission for more than a century to focus on research and development. It's why they don't design products to fit an image. They design them to fit. New Balance is driven to make the finest shoes for the same reason athletes lace them up: to achieve the very best.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.6
18 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
1,671 user reviews

What experts liked

Usually, with my runners, some of them won’t even last a month, which is rather disappointing, and to be honest makes me feel a little bad. These 877’s are quite the opposite. They’re extremely resilient and I don’t feel like I have to worry about them falling apart.
- Best Walking Shoe Reviews
May 21, 2019 | Full review
The outsole is firm supportive and ideal for wide and flat feet.
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August 16, 2019 | Full review
Both the collar and tongue of these shoes have a cozy padding that makes it feel very comfortable even when you have them on during a long hours shift.
- The Hunt Guides
September 27, 2018 | Full review
These shoes are perfectly designed to fit any foot without pinching, and because they are light, they make you feel like you are barefoot. They come with the traditional padded tongue and collar to further provide you with maximum comfort.
- Develop Good Habits
January 2, 2019 | Full review
The best part about this shoe model is that this is manmade and the stitching and the other parts are done so carefully that you will be able to use this shoe for a real long period of time if you are careful with it.
- Shoes Zoom
September 21, 2016 | Full review
This has a comfort padding, rubber soles and breathable.
- Savored Journeys
October 23, 2018 | Full review
It gives about 82 percent close and comfortable fit. It is available in grey color. The entire material is made of suede and mesh. The shoes are imported or are made in the United States of America. The soles of the shoes are rubber.
- Bestlist
May 25, 2019 | Full review
This walking shoe is light, soft, and flexible.
- Find The Top 10
Their walking shoe is a made from suede and mesh materials to be durable and hygienic. The sole is made from rubber to help it stick to the ground.
- Best Seekers
The padded tongue and collar and Abzorb mid-sole cushioning make these shoes super comfortable and they come with our postman’s recommendation, too! He says these are the most comfortable walking shoes he could find for walking a letter-delivery route every day.
- Her Style Code
August 9, 2019 | Full review
The interior of the shoe has been padded with a soft foam to provide additional cushioning and a good degree of comfort. Having a low cut design leaves the ankle free.
- Top Ten The Best
This shoe is made in the US and has a high quality rubber sole and a classic synthetic design that has been built for walking and running.
- A Great Reviews
May 10, 2019 | Full review
Its rubber sole is comfortable while the ABZORB midsole offers excellent support. It also has a walking strike technology for enhanced balance.
- Review168
Quality synthetic mesh upper provides good breathability for air to reach your feet, while the ABZORB midsole cushioning gives flexibility to absorb shocks and stress.
- cFone
June 13, 2019 | Full review
It features a rubber sole which is flexible with anti-slipping properties that make ensures stability on the slipperiest of surfaces.
- Work Wear
These shoes will keep your feet good and make you confident for miles of support and comfort.
- Sportsly
Made from synthetic and mesh materials for flexibility and breathability, respectively.
- Cause I Love Running
April 27, 2017 | Full review
Perfect for people with overpronation. The Walking Strike Path technology helps to stabilize your foot through your natural gait cycle.
- The Crossfit Shoes
April 5, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Lack of color choice.
- Best Walking Shoe Reviews
May 21, 2019 | Full review
It’s an expensive brand.
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August 16, 2019 | Full review
This has relatively small toe box.
- The Hunt Guides
September 27, 2018 | Full review
There is no built-in cushion and these shoes run narrow.
- Develop Good Habits
January 2, 2019 | Full review
The laces aren’t high quality and are too long. Wide toe box.
- Savored Journeys
October 23, 2018 | Full review
The design of the New Balance MW877 is not the best.
- Find The Top 10
New Balance makes the shoes only in a grey color.
- Top Ten The Best
Laces are too long; lacking in appearance.
- Sportsly
Might not have arch support.
- Cause I Love Running
April 27, 2017 | Full review
A bit narrow toe box and expensive shoe.
- The Crossfit Shoes
April 5, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

An Overview On Men's Walking Shoes

Before you begin your journey to healthy exercise habits, prepare your body with the best equipment. Buying new shoes is the perfect place to start. The best men’s walking shoes will ensure that your feet stay happy and your body feels great.

“Every single person who walks should purchase a walking shoe!” Stephanie Mansour, a certified personal trainer and the founder of fitness brand Step It Up Steph, says. “The body needs proper support while standing upright and walking.”

Don’t cause your body more pain or damage by choosing the cheapest pair of shoes you can find. Wearing the right set of sneakers can boost your productivity and lessen your aches and pains after a long walk. We will discuss a few of the ways to go about finding the best shoe for you.

 

There are several factors that go into comfort for your feet during a long walk. Comfort is just one aspect though. You’ll find price and style come in close second and third and should factor into your final choice. Let’s take a look at each of these:

Comfort can be found in several aspects of the walking shoe. The cushioning is usually the first thing consumers look for in the soles of the shoes. Cushioning has come such a long way and today’s walking shoes. Much of the comfort of the cushioning is determined by how much pressure your feet feel when walking. Some walking shoes feature memory foam like the Skechers Men’s Afterburn Memory-Foam Lace-up Sneaker or gel such as the ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe for interior cushioning. Outside soles really should be rubber to give that bounce-back reaction and soft step landing during your walk.

The fit is extremely important when buying shoes and includes heel support, accommodation of the shape of your feet (including arch), and the wear on the outsole of your shoes. For heel support, you’ll find some brands have a very thick back end of the shoe to support those who tend to roll from the very backs of their heels while walking. Your heel is most likely the point of contact with the ground and bears the brunt of the weight of your body as you walk.

“Walking shoes should make you feel more comfortable while walking than other types of shoes,” Mansour says. “The heel counter that holds the back of heel just underneath the Achilles tendon should be snug and feel like it’s holding your foot in, but it shouldn’t feel too tight or like the shoe is squeezing your foot. The insole in the bottom of the shoe should feel comfortable on the bottom of your foot when you walk. In the toe box, you should be able to comfortably wiggle  and scrunch your toes but there shouldn’t be excess room here or else your foot will slip when you walk.”

As for shape, some people have wide feet and others have narrow feet. Some brands are known for supporting one over the other type of foot and you will soon discover which brand is perfect for your feet. Some people even have one foot that is wider than the other, in which case it’s advised to get the correct shoe size for the wider foot and use inserts for the foot that is narrower.

Look for men’s walking shoes that have a variety of width ranges. Some brands have as many as three different widths available to accommodate your foot.

For your heel, you will have to think about the way you walk. If your step is more towards the ball of your foot by your toes, the shoe you choose will not need an extra thick supportive heel. However, if you tend to really roll your foot from heel to toe, you will really want to consider a hefty heel support. Again New Balance has great heel support in most of their walking shoes.

Next in line for finding a comfortable men’s walking shoe is the support of the arch. If you have a high arch but your walking shoe doesn’t support it, you are at risk for pain caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition where your arch is weakened and sore and compromises the rest of your foot, making it susceptible to injury. To prevent this, some foot specialists will suggest an extra insert that offers arch support in your shoe if you cannot find a shoe with a high enough arch. Likewise, if you have a shallow arch, you don’t want a shoe that stresses it and puts unnecessary strain on it.

Mansour advises that you try any type of walking or running shoe on at the end of the day when your feet are their most swollen. This will give you the best indication of the shoe’s fit.

Before you make the important purchase of a new walking shoe online, you may want to try on several different brands and sizes. If you are ordering online, try walking around inside your home until you find one that fits like a glove (but not like an overly tight glove, of course!).

The Men's Walking Shoe Buying Guide

  • Find a lightweight shoe if you are an endurance walker. They will be less fatiguing on your body and typically offer better aeration for your foot.
  • Consider a Velcro option if you have arthritic hands that do not like to tie shoes.
  • Try to always store your shoes in an open-air place instead of a gym bag or shoe box. No matter how well they are made, odor and bacteria from sweat can build up if they are kept in a closed, dark space.
  • Consider a cross-training shoe if you think you’ll be doing anything besides walking in the shoes.
  • Try to use your walking shoes only for walks. Using them for workouts or hikes or even just running errands will shorten their life and you will be replacing them much more frequently than need be.
  • A general ballpark figure for replacing your walking shoes is roughly 350-500 miles.
  • Worn out tread, wrinkles in the side of the sole, upper ankle support tears are all indicators that your shoes need to be replaced.