Customer reviews for New Balance 978

New Balance 978

This rugged, waterproof shoe is designed for the adventurous outdoor enthusiast with durable GORE-TEX® fabric. The 978 also has the ROLLBAR® support system for superb rearfoot stability and motion control, making this a great choice for overpronators.
Overall rating:
3.8 / 5
3.8
 / 
5
(5 reviews) 5
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3 of 3100%of customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for New Balance 978
Review 1 for New Balance 978
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Very Comfortable but wear quickly

PostedJanuary 12, 2014
Susan
from Pennsylvania, USA
Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
Primary Activity: Walking
"I have had 3 pairs of the 978 boots. I walk daily on a combination of trails and roads often in wet weather. I love the fit and comfort of the boot. They really helped to relieve the chronic plantar fasciitis I suffered for several years but the soles wear out in about 6 months. I have a couple of pairs sitting around with tops in very good shape but with worn out soles. My most recent pair is less than 6 months old and the seam ripped out where the toe bumpers meet the body on the uppers. These are great boots. I keep buying them for the fit but I wish the boots lasted longer."
+3points
3of 3voted this as helpful.
Review 2 for New Balance 978
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

978 GT shoes

PostedNovember 30, 2013
Eric
from Sugar Land, TX, USA
Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
Primary Activity: Do Not Participate in Regular Physical Activity
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Probably Would Not Purchase Again
7
Would Purchase Again
Not Very Easy
1
Very Easy
"I have worn these shoes for years now but find for me that they wear out the corners of their heels within 6 months. I have Pronation. I get a refund on them after returning them to NB and then get or buy a replacement pair. NB have now discontinued the Men's version but I know that a men's 10 1/2 is the same length as a woman's 13. So I now order a WW978GT 2E size 13. Unfortunately the seam stitches on the right shoe of my latest WW978's has come apart by my little toe. This is the first pair of 978's that I have ever had a problem with the uppers. Bottom line is I wish NB would develop a harder wearing material for the heels."
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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Review 3 for New Balance 978
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

comfortable shoe

PostedNovember 26, 2013
Linda
from northern PA
Used Product For: less than 2 weeks
Primary Activity: Walking
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Product Experience:
Runs Small
4
Runs Large
Runs Narrow
4
Runs Wide
Probably Would Not Purchase Again
7
Would Purchase Again
Not Very Easy
6
Very Easy
Falls Off Too Easily
7
Stays on Well
"Wore them for the first time today and they were comfortable right out of the box. I wanted something to keep my feet dry when I need to go outside for work this winter, not deep snow just messy pavement. Today was a good test in rain/wet snow/sleet. My feet stayed dry. I ordered my usual NB size and they fit great. Can't comment on durability but for the price I certainly hope they last."
Yes, I recommend this product.
+2points
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Review 4 for New Balance 978
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Soles wear out too fast

PostedNovember 2, 2013
Empy2103
from Florida
Used Product For: 4-6 weeks
Primary Activity: Walking
Runs Narrow
4
Runs Wide
Probably Would Not Purchase Again
3
Would Purchase Again
Not Very Easy
4
Very Easy
Falls Off Too Easily
5
Stays on Well
"I really love New Balance Fit, but I just bought this shoe for a fall foliage tour. We must have walked about 30-40 miles total in 3 weeks. I am 62 and have bone issues so I don't walk or run a lot. We did hike on some mountain trails, but these soles are already beginning to wear out on the outside edge. These shoes are way too expensive to be wearing down on the outside this quickly. I have been a long time customer and very frustrated.
I have been getting more and more disappointed with New Balance soles over the last five years. Each pair I buy wears down faster than the last. I always buy the country walking for the grip and comfort and bought this one for a real hike, but it is no better and more expensive.
New Balance needs to make their soles last longer. I really love the fit and my last 2 pairs of shoes looked brand new when I had to quit wearing them because of the soles.
"
+4points
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Review 5 for New Balance 978
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Love the waterproof feature and comfort all in one

PostedSeptember 22, 2013
lovewinter
from Philadelphia, PA, USA
Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
Primary Activity: Walking
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Product Experience:
Runs Small
1
Runs Large
Probably Would Not Purchase Again
7
Would Purchase Again
Not Very Easy
4
Very Easy
Falls Off Too Easily
7
Stays on Well
"I wear custom orthotics because of flat feet. I also have a overpronation and lots of problems finding shoes/sneakers that do not hurt my feet. (I am ordering another pair today)
I have worn these sneak/boots almost daily for the past 11 months. They are on my feet for about 12-14 hours a day. While I do not do outside work-I was still looking for something to wear when it rained or snowed. They were so comfortable that I wore them all the time.
I have had to walk through pouring rain when roads and sidewalks were at least 1" high with water. I got in work and my feet were dry.
They keep my feet mostly warm for indoors. Not sure about outside- not out long enough.
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Yes, I recommend this product.
+7points
7of 7voted this as helpful.