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New Balance Numeric. A Buyer's Guide.

Posted by Matt Broadley10 min read
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

New Balance Numeric skate shoes have every angle of skateboarding covered. Choosing the right style for you is fairly simple. If you prefer the feel and grip of a vulcanised shoe then New Balance’s court shoe inspired silhouettes, such as the 212 or 213, or the slightly more technical 306, will be ideal. If you’re after a cupsole, with greater foot protection and more features, then the brand’s more technical silhouettes such as the 913 will be for you. If you’re somewhere in the middle, check out the 288 Sport, 379 and 440 models. New Balance's model or style number is the naming system for their shoes - generally speaking, the 'higher number' styles feature more New Balance technology, such as the 913, which incorporates RevLite and N2 cushioning, whereas 'lower numbers', offer retro styling and lighter technology such as Abzorb.

New Balance Buyers Guide NM1010 Tiago

New Balance Numeric 1010

The New Balance Numeric 1010 skate shoe is the debut pro model for professional rider Tiago Lemos. The NM1010 mixes cutting edge design with classic 90s-inspired stylings. The suede and mesh uppers offer both breathability and durability, a midsole made from FuelCell foam adds comfort and a reinforced feel. No-sew overlays complete the silhouette, giving a stylish look and a great fit.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 913.

New Balance Numeric NM913 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 913 was designed in partnership with New Balance pro rider, Brandon Westgate, and takes its inspiration from New Balance running shoes. The silhouette features FantomFit - this is a skeletally engineered upper which provides ultra-light support and fit. It’s created using a no sew process, fusing together two extremely thin materials. Another technical feature of the shoe is the REVlite midsole, which provides excellent responsiveness and durability at a 30% lighter weight than other foams. A rubberised eyestay adds structure and durability to the shoe, whilst the side mesh panels allows breathability.

New Balance Buyers Guide NM574

New Balance Numeric NM574 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 574 is a staple of the New Balance brand. In creating the All Coast 574 they have taken a classic, everyday sneaker with a court-style bottom and modernised it for the demands of skateboarding. The silhouette features a durable leather and suede upper alongside REVlite midsole technology for lightweight cushioning. Making the 574 a ideal mid-range choice.

New Balance Buyers Guide NM508

New Balance Numeric 508 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 508 skate shoe is the second model designed in partnership with professional rider, Brandon Westgate. The 508 is built off the brand's classic indoor soccer outsole ensuring superior protection and great board feel. The upper is constructed from one piece of material to minimise potential blowouts and also features a comfortable foam collar which provides a snug fit. The tongue boasts retro stylings with exposed foam and mesh. Reflective details are included on the heel to offer visibility when skating at night.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide NM440 Hi

New Balance Numeric 440 High Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 440 High is a high top version of the popular 440 model - the shoe of choice for professional rider, Tom Knox. The high top provides additional ankle protection whilst the shoe combines New Balance technology with soft cushioning to ensure the shoe is a great option whether on or off the board. The suede and mesh upper is 70s inspired and ensures both breathability and durability. The C-CAP heel wedge found in the midsole offers impact protection, whilst the NDurance rubber outsole gives all the necessary protection in high wear areas.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 440.

New Balance Numeric NM440 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 440 features a blend of cutting edge technology and great cushioning. This creates an ideal go-to shoe for skateboarding and every day wear. The foam wedge in the heel enhances comfort, whilst the reinforced toe aids with durability. This model, too, features a REVlite midsole which is both lightweight and durable. NDurance rubber is used for the outsole and foxing tape, this is a rubber compound designed for maximum durability in high-wear areas. The 440 is favoured by New Balance pro rider, Tom Knox.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 379.

New Balance Numeric NM379 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 379 is a low-profile skate shoe, constructed with an updated herringbone sole which provides grip and durability. The shoe’s toe piece has a clean deconstructed build, featuring a one-piece toe. The NM379 is everything you need from a skate shoe, and nothing you don't. The 379 is a solid, stylish choice and is popular with the New Balance riders, including Jake Hayes.

New Balance Foy Slip NM 306L

New Balance Numeric NM306LV1

The New Balance Numeric NM306LV1 is a slip-on version of the popular Jamie Foy pro model 306 shoe. Providing an update to traditional vulcanized skate shoes, rubber underlays provide durability whilst the upper mesh panels allow for comfort and breathability. The slip-on suede upper is designed to hold up against even the harshest wear and tear.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 306.

New Balance Numeric NM306 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 306 is Jamie Foy's first pro model for New Balance. It provides an update to the traditional vulcanised skate shoe. There are rubber underlays and suede give the shoe greater durability, so it is able to stand up to even the toughest wear and tear. Mesh panels allow air to flow keeping your foot comfortable. A great choice for a reliable and comfortable skate shoe.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 288.

New Balance Numeric NM288 Shoe

Modernising a classic with an improved fit and sleek feel. The New Balance Numeric 288 Sport features a premium suede and mesh upper, and a gum rubber outsole. The silhouette’s C Cap midsole is a lightweight midsole which adds cushioning without sacrificing flexibility. The 288 Sport is a casual shoe for all day wear, inspired by models from the early 90s, and with the necessary reinforcements to withstand the wear and tear associated with skateboarding. The 288 Sport is backed by New Balance riders including Jack Curtin and Jordan Trahan.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 255.

New Balance Numeric NM255 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 255 merges a classic skate silhouette and vulcanised sole with timeless New Balance heritage design. Creating a shoe with superior durability provided by a suede and canvas upper, coupled with streamlined style perfect whether on or off the board. A simple, stylish silhouette for those who favour a solid cupsole. Backed by New Balance rider, Jordan Taylor.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 213.

New Balance Numeric NM213 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric 213 takes a classic skate silhouette and combines it with New Balance heritage design inspiration. This result is superior durability, this is thanks to a suede and canvas upper, rubber outsole and a vulcanised sole. The higher cut of the collar provides added ankle protection, whilst an ollie patch aids wear and tear in those high-contact areas. The 213 is the silhouette of choice for New Balance professional, Chad Tim Tim.

New Balance Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 212.

New Balance Numeric NM212 Shoe

The Pro Court 212 skate shoe is the New Balance Numeric take on an original New Balance classic clay court tennis silhouette from the 70s. Adopted by professional skateboarders, this version retains the original relaxed shape, adding suede, asymmetrical material selections and a custom made drop-in polyurethane insert giving support, comfort and added durability. The 212 is Franky Villaini’s go to model.

New Balance Buyers Guide NM22

New Balance Numeric NM22 Shoe

The New Balance Numeric NM22 shoe is a new edition to New Balance’s quality skate range. It is a reimagining of the Tempest court-style shoe with all the necessary upgrades for it to withstand the general wear and tear of skateboarding. The upper consists of suede and mesh materials as well as a redesigned toe area. The shoe’s vulcanised outsole ensures excellent board feel and durability, whilst comfort is added thanks to the NB Numeric insert.

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