Running sneakers. Two words that may induce anxious thoughts of that post-holiday, hibernation-is-canceled first week of January when times of flippant commitment turn to times of actually having to do actual running. But whether you’re serious about the new year fitness regime or not, let’s at least pretend you are by investing in some suitable footwear. And anyway, as we’re all aware, running sneakers by some of our go-to brands are fine not being used for running at all.
From the loved-by-dads, heck, loved-by-all 990v5 to remastered editions of cult kicks like the 997 Sport, New Balance knows how to do a solid runner — whether you plan to be that or not.
Step into our essential New Balance running sneakers round-up.
Made in US 998
Since debuting in 1993, the New Balance 998 has been subject to numerous collaborations, with everyone from Ronnie Fieg to Aimé Leon Dore adding their touch to the silhouette. Nothing like keeping it simple with a straight-up gen release, though!
Made in US 1540v3
The 1540 offers a level motion-control that few of its peers can. Its performance foam results in top-of-the-class stability and comfort. A shoe geared-up for 5k runs and beyond.
Tokyo Design Studio R_C4
NB’s Tokyo-based design studio made power moves in 2019 with the Reveal Series. With its Vibram outsole and ANZORB cushioning in the midsole, this is a trail-ready must-have.
The 574 has been a New Balance staple since 1988. 2017 saw the US sneaker giant rework the silhouette, resulting in the 574 Sport – an ode to the past and a look firmly to the future.
Made in UK 575
Although often overshadowed by the 574 the 576 is not to be messed with. Made in UK and friendly for any terrain, this silhouette puts function first.
Like many other 99 series silhouettes, the 997 has been subject to reworks over the years. The 997H sports red plaid detailing and suede, while the model itself is lightweight and cushioning.
Another rework of the cult 997. Once again we’re dealing with a classic that got upgraded with the trail-treatment, which you can don both at the office and on the mountain path.
Made in US 990v5
If you haven’t lived under a rock the past few years, you’ll have no doubt come across the 990. The v4 was a massive success and the v5 debuted in April 2019, garnering a wide-spread, and diverse, fan base. A true staple if we ever saw one.
Made in US 993
Not as hyped as the 990, 997 or 998, but nevertheless, a great silhouette. Few shoes look better in a simple white and grey colorway. Available in women’s and men’s editions, the 993 running shoe packs responsive cushioning for active and all-day comfort.
Made in UK 1500 Liverpool Football Club
Celebrating the club’s recent European success, this special edition New Balance proudly wears six stars in reference to LFC’s sixth European trophy. Taking on a silhouette from the late ’80s, this is a sneaker that’s iconic as the club. And if you’re not a Liverpool fan, finding another fitting colorway shouldn’t be a problem
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