New Balance Men’s 481 V3 Trail Running Shoe

(10 customer reviews)


Last updated on February 26, 2022 9:19 am


  • 50% Leather, 50% Textile
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
  • Cush+ midsole cushioning delivers ultra-soft, all-day comfort without sacrificing support
  • Leather and mesh upper
  • Comfort Collar helps prevent irritation and hugs the ankle for a superior fit
  • NB Ultra Soft Comfort Insert
  • All-terrain rubber outsole

Additional information

Product Dimensions

12.78 x 8.05 x 4.65 inches, 1.85 Ounces

Item model number




Date First Available

August 19, 2017


New Balance

10 reviews for New Balance Men’s 481 V3 Trail Running Shoe

  1. Colin McMaster

    Really uncomfortable. They don’t feel like any New Balance I’ve had before. Very sore on the soles of my feet. Didnt come with any tags of other product info. Bit dodgy maybe.

    Also, please confirm delivery date before you buy as the date changed significantly between me clicking buy and the confirmation email coming through.

  2. Frank Monaghan

    I have worn New Balance my entire adult life. I love the shoes! I have wide feet and they always have my size. I can’t say enough good things about them and I have always been satisfied with the quality, comfort, and durability of the shoes…… until my last pair. I got these of Amazon what I believed to be a legit NEW BALANCE seller. I can but New Balance shoes online because the past quality has proven that I never need to try them on. They have always been consistent in the past with in their sizing. As soon as I got these shoes they felt a little “off” but I did not pay it much attention. I am not “hard” on athletic shoes…. I save that for my work boots. After just a few months of mild use the insoles completely fell apart. I have a very similar pair that I wore the hell out of for3+ years and they are in WAY better shape than these shoes. The outside started falling apart and the shoe laces have completely snapped in half. They look similar to my old ones but are very thin in comparison and also have differences in stitch pattern and color. Is this a knock off? The pics I have attached show the difference between a shoe that I have had for well over 3 years vs these new ones that are less than one year. And please remember these started seriously falling apart after just 2-3 months of very mild use. The orange insole is 5X thicker and in way better shape, the other insole is like paper. The inside stitching is coming undone also ( started after 2 months)
    I know I am late on this review but when the lace on the second shoe broke yesterday, so did my tolerance of these shoes. I have now swapped out both laces and also the insoles from my (definitely real) older New Balance. I am not sure what can be done if anything…. I will try and contact New Balance directly and see.

    I will update this later

    PICS: The orange insole, orange toed shoe, and bright orange shoe lace on left side are all verified New balance as I purchased them in an actual New Balance store. The green insole and other pics are from the shoe I got on Amazon.

  3. Giri S.

    Shoe is too small for the size ordered. I ordered US 9 and it was smaller than a Skechers US 8.5.

    Tongue of the shoe is WAY TOO NARROW. Is New Balance increasing its profits by shaving off few millimeters from the width of the tongue?

    The shoe is way too narrow. I ordered 4E and if this so called Extra Wide is so narrow, I can’t imagine how a normal shoe would be like.

    Order half a size up, and extra wide

  4. M

    This shoe, size 9, is too small, they are made in Indonesia. I have another pair of New Balance shoes that are size 9 and fit perfectly, they are made in Vietnam. New Balance should stick to making shoes in one country only so that they will always have the same fit. I should not have to pay for return shipping for a shoe that is made smaller than the size indicated.

  5. Christopher Walker

    Shoes feel good after a couple days of breaking them in. I have noticed that it seems like most shoe companies have changed their sizing. I used to wear a size 14 in most brands, but in the last 1-1.5 years I’ve had to start switching to a size 15. I went with a size 15 for the first time with New Balance just in case they had changed sizing too (my old 475’s are size 14) and these fit perfect. If you haven’t bought a pair of New Balance in the last couple years, I suggest either going to a store and trying some on or going a size up and see if they fit better.

    The shoe itself is pretty comfortable, not a huge departure from the 475’s that I’ve had for a few years. The fabric above the toes provides nice ventilation. The sole has good tread and I’m pretty sure they’ll do great in the dirt. Hopefully these last me as long as the 475’s did. The leather looking material does seem a little cheap, but for the price I’m not complaining.

  6. 1Fam1000

    Have been wearing New Balance 9.5 D since 2005 brand loyal. This pair feels cheap and they have glue showing at all the seams. Made in Indonesia, the quality of NB has gone way down the tubes. Honestly they felt like knockoffs. Have never had my heel sliding in a pair of New Balance. A pair of 10 dollar WalMart shoes would be better than these NB shoes. Scary stuff folks! Purchase at own risk. This cheap knock off pair if going back!

  7. boogsjay

    Just got these in the mail. Fit perfectly. I had the 608s before the exact same size 10.5 4E and those were the most comfy shoes I’ve ever owned. These fit exactly like my old ones. I’m a 320lb guy with wide feet and these shoes make my feet not hurt at all after a day of work being on my feet all day.

  8. Just saying

    Very disappointed on the said shoe size. Oredered a 13 4E on this shoe. The box it came in said 13 4E. Inside the shoe it said 13 4E. The shoe was no where near 4E. The shoe was narrow. Is said that the headquarters are in LV, NV. But I believe that they were made in another country. Who else would make a misguided shoe as this. I would have given it a 4 Star because it looked well made. But will not be able to tell how long that shoe would last because the shoe doesn’t FIT.

  9. Keith C.

    Have purchased three pair of New Balance walking or running shoes in two months. The first pair the soles were so thin the bottoms of my feet hurt while walking on asphalt, I returned them. The second pair were size 9 4EE, which I have worn for thirty years, they were so tight I returned them. Third pair I ordered were 9.5 4EE they were way to short, bent my toes up, will try to return this pair. I will not blame foreign manufacturing for these problems. New Balance has cheapened their products and eliminated their quality control. A thirty year New Balance customer. NO MORE.

  10. Hawaii Bound

    FITS really SMALL – lucky for me I read the other reviews and bought 3 sizes (10, 10.5, and 11) figuring at least one would fit. I’m a solid 10 D in a New Balance and have bought them for years, but in this style I’m a 11D. Weird. Thanks to all the other reviewers for their advice.

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