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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 Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 913.

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 Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 574.

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 Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 440.

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.

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 Numeric Buyers Guide Shoes. The NB 306.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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