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Men's NEW BALANCE® 998 :: You won't find the Classic New Balance 998 running shoe anywhere else. Designed for large-framed runners, this high-mileage training shoe gives you excellent cushioning, maximum stability, and comfort you can rely on run after run. 12.5 ounces

Category Type:

STABILITY+ [?]
Get the guidance and support you need to keep you running strong and feeling stable mile after mile. If you have an average arch but like extra cushioning and support, Stability+ shoes are your perfect pick. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

Features & Benefits:

  • SL1 standard fit
  • ENCAP midsole heel: Polyurethane with compression molded EVA core for durable cushioning
  • Compression molded EVA forefoot: Provides lightweight cushioning and flexibility
  • ABZORB in heel: Provides maximum shock absorption
  • Blown rubber forefoot: Provides additional cushioning and flexibility
  • Carbon Rubber heel: Durability at heel strike area

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Specifications:

  • Shock Absorption: Heel|ABZORB
  • Toebox Width: Medium
  • Shoe Construction: Slip last
  • Midsole Material: Dual density compression molded EVA
  • Outsole Material: Carbon rubber
  • Upper Material: Mesh|Synthetic leather
  • Country of Origin: United States

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Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe
 
4.3

(based on 80 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (39)
  • Cushions impact (29)
  • Durable (29)
  • Arch support (20)
  • Pronation control (9)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (7)
  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Walking (13)
  • Casual wear (10)
  • Road running (9)
  • With orthotics/inserts (6)
  • Running (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      82% 

      (42 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      88% 

      (45 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (26), Low arch (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27), Yes (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (16), Comfort driven (14), Enthusiast (7), Gym rat (5), Style driven (3)

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5.0

Greatest site

By Ted

from Closter NJ

About Me Comfort Driven

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Running

    Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

    Distance running. Good for orthotic users. Fewer injuries

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Tried and True

    By Jake on the Run

    from Chicago

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Good Arch Support
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Chafes Easily

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

      10 years later after numerous brands and styles I returned to the 998. The shoe has a very soft ride but provides the stability and support I need for my 200lb frame. Even the laces are great. I added some over the counter insoles for some added arch support and am very happy. I will be sticking with the 998 from here on out!

      • Sizing:
      • Feels half size too small
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      i just bought 2 pair ...

      By rgc

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

      i just bought 2 pair again of new balance 998. i am 55 years old and in my 40th year of running and suffer from achilles tendon injuries, like most multi year runners. the soft wide heel counter of the NB 998 is perfect for me. i put some neoprene inserts in and my feet like they did in my 20's! i have tried various other new balance shoes,but for my money, this is the one.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      The Two pairs of 998's ...

      By Dave

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

      The Two pairs of 998's that I purchased in Oct 2007 were much lower quality than 998's that I had purchased in the past. Fit was different for the same size, 10D. Caused cuts on outer feet. Too tight at the top of the foot. This is the first bad experience that I have had with NB shoes in 20+ years.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I have had 2 left knee ...

      By Pat

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

      I have had 2 left knee scopes, 1 right knee...I have tried other brands, more sportier looking shoes, promising the same benefits, but I keep coming back to these/New Balance. I've tried Asics, Nike (the worst), Brooks, Adidas, I weigh 210, 5'9'', log 20 miles a week (slowly), over-pronate. Hope this helps.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I'm 5'10", 180. Have ...

      By Jerry

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

      I'm 5'10", 180. Have found the 998's to be the best shoe for cushion and stability. I jog 30-40 miles per week. I'm 67 and they are great on aging legs.

       
      5.0

      PLEASE BRING BACK THIS SHOE, NEW BALANCE!

      By Bring back the 998!

      from san jose, ca

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • The Only Shoe I Can Wear

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

          Dear New Balance, Please bring this shoe back. Many people with bad feet have relied on this shoe for years.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Perfect shoes. Great customer service!

          By Zhang

          from New Bruckwisk,NJ

          About Me Rarely Work Out

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Walking

            Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

            Perfect shoes.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great shoe

            By Chris

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Poor Arch Support

            Best Uses

            • Walking

            Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

            This is so comfortable, great shoes!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            World's Most Perfect Shoe

            By 998 Forever a Fan

            from Saratoga, CA

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Best All Round Shoe
            • Breathable
            • Can Wear To Work
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Durable
            • Fast
            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction
            • Great with Jeans
            • Hikingbackpacking
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                There is nothing this shoe can't do. Wear it to work; on your feet all day; go for a run; backpack 60 miles; play tennis; off to dinner - it won't quit. Stable gentle heel strikes for running. I climbed Kilimanjaro on it.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Perfect run, walk, hike, work shoe!

                By 998 Forever Fan

                from Saratoga, CA

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Dressy For Business
                • Durable
                • Fast
                • Good Arch Support
                • Good Traction
                • Great with Jeans
                • Won't Twist Ankle

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                  There is not another shoe that you can wear to work (business dress), run on pavement, backpack on uneven terrain, play tennis, trail run, wear on wet days in grass.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Great Shoe for heavy runners!

                  By Mac

                  from Warner Robins, GA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Cushions Impact

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                  I run several times per week. Although it's not a light shoe compared to many others, this shoe provides excellent cushioning for runners like me, 6' 3", 220 lb. Too bad it is going to be discontinued, but hopefully NB will replace it with some other gray pigskin shoe with cushioning like they have done for the past 20 years!

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Very reliable shoe!

                  By Thomas

                  from Akron, Ohio

                  About Me Gym Rat

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Stable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                    55 years old , been running with these or a similar variant for many years. I attribute remaining relatively injury free due to the quality of these NB 900 series!

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch
                     
                    5.0

                    bought this model for years

                    By Matt

                    from Boston

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Cushions Impact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                      This model is perfect for me with my tempermental back.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Average Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      3.0

                      Not meant for running

                      By gymrat

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Gym Rat

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Narrow / Tight

                        Best Uses

                        • Walking

                        Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                        I have been wearing the 99x series in a 10-1/2 D for over 20 years except never tried the 998. I tried the 998 since it was less expensive than the 990. The toe box on the 998 is narrower than on the 992, 993, 990. The 998 10-1/2 D feels tight in the toes and after wearing for a few hours tighter. I wrote to New Balance (via the form on their web site) and New Balance replied that the 998 was designed with a narrower toe box and that it was not meant as a running shoe, but as an everyday shoe. I will be returning the shoes and getting a the new 990 which I have tried on in the store.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels too narrow
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        great shoe, great service, great price

                        By an old runner

                        from western, pa

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Breathable
                        • Comfortable
                        • Cushions Impact
                        • Good Arch Support
                        • Good Traction
                        • Great with Jeans
                        • Lightweight
                        • Pronation Control

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • With Orthotics/Inserts

                          Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                          great shoe, great service, great price

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          A Shoe That Should Be Made Forever

                          By Jerry

                          from Carlsbad, CA

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Breathable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Cushions Impact
                          • Durable
                          • Great with Jeans
                          • Lightweight
                          • Pronation Control

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Walking

                            Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                            Been wearing it for over 15 years and every pair fit comfortably right out of the box.

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels half size too big
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Low Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            4.0

                            Great shoe at a great price

                            By Stan

                            from central Oregon

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Breathable
                            • Comfortable
                            • Durable
                            • Fast
                            • Good Arch Support
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                              I use this shoe solely for running. I love the fact that I can wear it right out of the box. I also love the low price.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              4.0

                              Been running in this shoe for 20 years!

                              By Ruf Runner

                              from Methow, WA

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Cushions Impact
                              • Pronation Control

                              Cons

                              • Toe Lacks Durability
                              • Wears Out Quickly

                              Best Uses

                              • With Orthotics/Inserts

                              Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                              Comfortable, stable shoe. I've run in this shoe for over 20 years. Recently the mesh above the toe has failed sooner than normal.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels half size too small
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              Best part "Made in USA"

                              By Michael

                              from ----------

                              About Me Rarely Work Out

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Arch Support

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Walking

                              Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                              My husband has worn the NB 998 for many, many years now. He had polio & places all his weight on the heel of his right foot. He needs stability that does not hamper his movement. This shoe has enabled him to work in a construction related field where he is on his feet for 10 or more hours per day, 6 days per week, carrying heavy materials.

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes
                               
                              1.0

                              uncomfortable fit for me

                              By sue the wife

                              from toms river,nj

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Uncomfortable

                                Best Uses

                                • Walking

                                Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                overall uncomfortable for me

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels too wide
                                • Arch Type:
                                • Low Arch
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                5.0

                                I would buy this product again and again

                                By wwg

                                from brooklyn ny

                                About Me Professional Athlete

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Walking

                                Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                it is great

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Arch Type:
                                • Average Arch
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes
                                 
                                2.0

                                Not As Good as They Used to Be

                                By Nightrunner

                                from NY

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Pronation Control

                                Cons

                                • No Forefoot Cushion
                                • Not A Looker
                                • Poor Cushioning

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                  I used to run in the New Balance 999s, 998s, and 990s until NB added so much cushioning to the forefoot that this series turned into train tracks stacked on top of pillows.

                                  I decided to try the 998s after a long while of other support NBs and ASICS...for old time's sake. Unfortunately these are not the shoes I remember. If the current NBs have too much cushion in the forefoot, then these are the other extreme: stiff and cushioned mostly in the heel.

                                  I am not surprised that many happy reviewers report using inserts; these shoes feel virtually empty from the midfoot/arch forward. Maybe these are good for hard heel strikers. But as your gate shifts forward from the heel impact, your shins, forefeet, and toes take the hit.

                                  Really dissapointing beucause I loved this series of NB shoes.

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels true to width
                                  • Arch Type:
                                  • Average Arch
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No
                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Nice Shoes

                                  By Jim

                                  from Livermore, CA

                                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Pronation Control

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • With Orthotics/Inserts

                                    Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                    Nice shoes!

                                    • Sizing:
                                    • Feels half size too small
                                    • Width:
                                    • Feels true to width
                                    • Arch Type:
                                    • Low Arch
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    I have ran in this shoe for twenty years

                                    By Ruf Runner

                                    from Methow, WA

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Cushions Impact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Pronation Control

                                    Cons

                                    • Narrow / Tight
                                    • Wears Out Quickly

                                    Best Uses

                                    • With Orthotics/Inserts

                                    Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                    My go to shoe, for mud, snow, or where ever we happen to go.

                                    • Sizing:
                                    • Feels true to size
                                    • Width:
                                    • Feels true to width
                                    • Arch Type:
                                    • Average Arch
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Best part "Made in America"

                                    By TEA

                                    from Turbotville,Pa

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Cushions Impact
                                    • Heel Cushion
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor forefoot cushion

                                    Best Uses

                                    • With Orthotics/Inserts

                                    Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                    Purchased because made in America. Quality did not blow me away,but OK. Could use better cushioning in forefoot.

                                    • Sizing:
                                    • Feels true to size
                                    • Width:
                                    • Feels true to width
                                    • Arch Type:
                                    • Average Arch
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No
                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Good feeling

                                    By jin

                                    from Tokyo、Japan

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Breathable
                                    • Cushions Impact
                                    • Good Arch Support
                                    • Good Traction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Walking

                                      Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                      I was up half size, but it was a little big. I am satisfied on the whole.

                                      I hope, that it will be to be able to buy directly to Japan.

                                      • Sizing:
                                      • Feels half size too big
                                      • Width:
                                      • Feels true to width
                                      • Arch Type:
                                      • Average Arch
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Best shoe made in the USA

                                      By DrBilly

                                      from Los Angeles

                                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Best Shoe For Me
                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Cushions Impact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Arch Support
                                      • Good Traction
                                      • Pronation Control

                                      Cons

                                      • No cons for me

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Pavement

                                      Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                      I have worn 998s exclusively since they were introduced. They treat my feet more comfortably than any other shoe I tried.'

                                      • Sizing:
                                      • Feels true to size
                                      • Width:
                                      • Feels true to width
                                      • Arch Type:
                                      • High Arch
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      NB 998

                                      By Labrat

                                      from Naples, FL

                                      About Me Avid Athlete

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Cushions Impact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Good Arch Support
                                      • Great with Jeans

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Walking

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                        I use this product mostly on my job. I am on my feet 8-12 hrs/day and my feet, and legs never get tired.

                                        • Sizing:
                                        • Feels half size too small
                                        • Width:
                                        • Feels true to width
                                        • Arch Type:
                                        • Average Arch
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No
                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Very good shoes

                                        By LIANG ZHOU

                                        from CA

                                        About Me Gym Rat

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Fast
                                        • Good Arch Support

                                        Cons

                                        • Narrow / Tight

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Road Running

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance M 998 GR Classic Running Shoe:

                                        Appearance generous fashion, wearing a comfortable pace, especially Web service is wonderful! I really like the feeling of shopping here.

                                        • Sizing:
                                        • Feels true to size
                                        • Width:
                                        • Feels true to width
                                        • Arch Type:
                                        • Average Arch
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        1.    cosine7 michael rated this product 4 stars
                                        Fri, January 22,2010:
                                        I have run for 28 years and completed 14 internationial marathons. I ran vertually all those years in the 998 and found it to be the best although somewhat soft as a marathon shoe it did very well by my standards. I also tried the 1300 but found it too hard in the late going. I always kept three pairs going and never ran in the same shoe two days in a row. Thanx NB
                                        2.    i agree to bud moody rated this product 1 star
                                        Mon, December 14,2009:
                                        This shoe is the worst newbalance shoe i ever worn.I should have ordered half size larger. Not a true "D" width and they are too tight an uncomfortabole shoes and not much cusion at all.
                                        3.    Jim Van Hoesen rated this product 4 stars
                                        Mon, November 30,2009:
                                        This my 33rd year of running and I've tried a lot of shoes: Some good and some not so good. The 998 is a great all around shoe. I have to lace them a little tight so my heel doesn't slide around but other than that I love them. I ran a 14 mile today on varied terrain and I feel great afterward even at 50. I plan to wear a pair during my next Ironman Triathlon. Please keep size 14 in stock. Thank you!
                                        4.    rgc rated this product 5 stars
                                        Wed, November 04,2009:
                                        i just bought 2 pair again of new balance 998. i am 55 years old and in my 40th year of running and suffer from achilles tendon injuries, like most multi year runners. the soft wide heel counter of the NB 998 is perfect for me. i put some neoprene inserts in and my feet like they did in my 20's! i have tried various other new balance shoes,but for my money, this is the one.
                                        5.    Bud Moody; Thousand Oaks,CA rated this product 2 stars
                                        Wed, October 21,2009:
                                        The shoe was much too tight, especially in the instep. Not a true "D" width. The shoe was very stiff and didn't have very much cushioning. Maybe I just got a pair that slipped through the QC inspectors.
                                        6.    Rod Weinberg rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, June 26,2009:
                                        I have tried all of the New Balance style type #996 for 17 or 18 years. It seems as if I keep going back to the #998 for overall comfort, style, etc. White color for treadmill running and gray for the road. Thankfully, RRS still markets them from New Balance. Rod Weinberg Ctr. Sandwich, NH
                                        7.    Northern Road Runner rated this product 2 stars
                                        Thu, June 11,2009:
                                        In the stability category, these are the least favorite shoe I've ever worn. I didn't like the lacing system, and the shoe is too loose in the heel. I had a hard time getting these shoes to feel comfortable. I bought these since the claim is they were a high-mileage shoe, but I found myself dreading wearing them when it came time these shoes' time in the rotation. Originally, I got a good deal and thought I'd buy more than one pair - but decided to try them out on a run before ordering a second. Turned out to be a good call, since I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. I put 400 miles on these before tossing them out, and should have just returned them after 20. I was happy to throw these out.
                                        8.    J.K. Connecticut rated this product 5 stars
                                        Tue, May 19,2009:
                                        Great shoe! As a 55+ year old ex-jock carrying 270+lbs with weak knees; the NB998 is the answer. The excellent combination of stability and cushioning have cut down on the post work out pains and strains. Presently, power walking. Hopefully, when the weight gets down, I'll be jogging and running in these. Plod on!!!
                                        9.    James Robert Schmidgall rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sun, May 10,2009:
                                        I agree that this is the best shoe I have worn for both running and casual wear. I have worn out about a half dozen pair and have one in reserve. I'd buy two or three more tomorrow if I could; went on the website to order and found my size out. Another loss. I see quite a few other guys wearing this shoe, so it is not such a rarity. Please restart it. Lots of us would like it to go on.
                                        10.    RJD rated this product 5 stars
                                        Thu, January 15,2009:
                                        This is one of the best running shoes I've ever used. I've been running for a long time and have tried many different shoes, and they've all been good, but the 998 is my favorite. The shoe is very liteweight, responsive, and very durable. The outsole rubber in the heel is very thick, which helps for long wear. I'm a competitive marathon runner and am training for and will be running the Big Sur International Marathon in the 998s. Highly recommended.
                                        11.    Eric rated this product 5 stars
                                        Tue, May 13,2008:
                                        Grey M998! what can i say? "excellent" could be the right word. I bought M998 and M580 from RRS to China. Both are great shoes, well, some may select ST33 998, but i tell you, never fight against original 998. Also, RRS, a great service provider!
                                        12.    Al S. rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, May 09,2008:
                                        I notice many reviewers are older runner/walkers sticking to a great old favorite. This shoe is very good with one tip: Buy one a half size larger and put the old foot pad on top of the new one. Any one over 50 should have extra padding.
                                        13.    Running Spud rated this product 3 stars
                                        Fri, May 02,2008:
                                        The advertising sold me as a high mileage trainer. Yes, the shoes are comfortable, but found some slippage, and just don't feel they live up to their billing. Much better prefer Brooks Adrenaline GTS (best shoes I've had). At 5'11", 183, I was looking for another great stability shoe and wanted to experiment. I'll be looking elsewhere, maybe within NB and Saucony.
                                        14.    Dave rated this product 1 star
                                        Sun, January 27,2008:
                                        The Two pairs of 998's that I purchased in Oct 2007 were much lower quality than 998's that I had purchased in the past. Fit was different for the same size, 10D. Caused cuts on outer feet. Too tight at the top of the foot. This is the first bad experience that I have had with NB shoes in 20+ years.
                                        15.    Brice rated this product 4 stars
                                        Sat, June 09,2007:
                                        Although not very pleasing to the eye and represents more of what my grandfather would wear the 998 has proved to be the best shoe I've ever owned. Im 6'0, 200 lbs and in the military. I run 3-5 miles, five day a week. This shoe is the only thing that keeps my legs alive. Great shoe, but not one I would show off to my friends.
                                        16.    Thomas G Shedd rated this product 2 stars
                                        Sat, June 02,2007:
                                        Do not buy these shoes if you need wide shoes. I wear an 11 2E. The toe box is narrow and gave me blisters after just 4 miles of walking. I wanted to buy the New Balance 580 but it was not available. That was a great shoe and it even cost less!
                                        17.    Austin rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, July 07,2006:
                                        It had been 12 years after I worn my first pair of New Balance 998. When I retired it because of its wear and tear, I couldn't find it elsewhere for a new one, due to the discontinuation and replacement of this model. I then embarked on what new balance has at the time to salvage for 998. Let me tell you, nothing can compare to the good, old 998: the look, the comfort, the durability, the feel and the trust it gave me to put on running every step of the way! I'm disappointed in the newer, upgraded models New Balance is producing today. They look nothing like the heritage shoes. They become modernized with all the "mumble-jumble" designs that cause all sorts of negative feedback from NB users, myself included. Many of the New Balance running shoes these days are considered "commercial productions." In my opinion, New Balance has lost its touch in creating greate running shoes to date, and I wish I can see new balance put its philosophy and effort to really make good shoes again. Afte
                                        18.    Ken Wolman rated this product 3 stars
                                        Tue, May 23,2006:
                                        I have to revisit what I said below. When the shoe contributes to a shin splint something's wrong on MY foot. I walked into the NB store in central Jersey look for an orthotic and the guy took one look at the 998 and said "You're not running in those, are you?" He gave me arch-supporters to line the shoe and it helps somewhat, but first chance I get I'm going back for the 992. I tried to economize before and it was a false economy.
                                        19.    Ken Wolman rated this product 5 stars
                                        Thu, May 18,2006:
                                        New runner that I am, I've got two pairs: the 998 and newer 891 both work for me. The former recommended by someone at RR Sports; the 891 by the owner of an NB store in Jersey. Nobody has steered me wrong.
                                        20.    douglas rated this product 5 stars
                                        Mon, March 20,2006:
                                        64 years old, bad "basketball knees"; been using 998's for walking for 15 years - this is the ONLY shoe that works for my knees; please keep making them!
                                        21.    Jerry rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, November 18,2005:
                                        I'm 5'10", 180. Have found the 998's to be the best shoe for cushion and stability. I jog 30-40 miles per week. I'm 67 and they are great on aging legs.
                                        22.    Pat rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sat, August 13,2005:
                                        I have had 2 left knee scopes, 1 right knee...I have tried other brands, more sportier looking shoes, promising the same benefits, but I keep coming back to these/New Balance. I've tried Asics, Nike (the worst), Brooks, Adidas, I weigh 210, 5'9'', log 20 miles a week (slowly), over-pronate. Hope this helps.
                                        23.    HRSKNSK rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sun, May 08,2005:
                                        Since I bought the original put on the market in 1993, I have used this NB 998GR regularly. NB 998GR purchased from RRS in February, 2003 has already been tired. Therefore, I thought that I would buy it again at the end of April, 2005. However, RRS did not have stock of my size then. However, RRS answered that they will arrive in May. I placed an order for 998GR to RRS today. It is only RRS that we can purchase 998GR. I wish that RRS deals with 998GR manufactured in the United States forever.
                                        24.    HRSKNSK rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sun, May 08,2005:
                                        Since I bought the original put on the market in 1998, I have used this NB 998GR regularly. NB 998GR purchased from RRS in February, 2003 has already been tired. Therefore, I thought that I would buy it again at the end of April, 2005. However, RRS did not have stock of my size then. However, RRS answered that they will arrive in May. I placed an order for 998GR to RRS today. It is only RRS that we can purchase 998GR. I wish that RRS deals with 998GR manufactured in the United States forever.
                                        25.    Norm rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, January 07,2005:
                                        The 998 was the workhorse for my marathon training last year, and worked great. Tremendous comfort, very durable, also good for casual wear. I made the mistake of briefly switching to the 991 and quickly developed problems in my toes (I think they had a seam right by my big toes). Went back to the 998 and the problem disappeared.
                                        26.    Tony Mei rated this product 5 stars
                                        Mon, April 21,2003:
                                        I've been running in 998's for nearly ten years. I swear by this shoe. As a heavier runner I get great support, cushioning and wear from this model.
                                        27.    Dan Malloy rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sun, March 16,2003:
                                        I am on my second pair of 998's. I am a Clydesdale triathlete (6.3., 215, 13-2E), running 20-25 miles/wk. These shoes are bedroom-slipper-comfortable, however, I pounded my first pair into oblivion in less than 3 months. Seeking something more solidly built, and with updated materials and better cushioning, I got a pair of the new Asics Gel Kayano IX's. They are gorgeous and very well-made, but after 3 miles on the treadmill (hey, it was raining really hard outside, OK?), the narrowness of the 2E model began to hurt. I switched back to my NB's, and the relief was incredible. Since my size doesn.t come in =-widths, I LOVE the fact that the 998.s are true to size. What is up with every other shoe, why can.t the size be the size???

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