We spent 7.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Heaps of reviewers awarded the New Balance 1100 with perfect five-star ratings, along with the highest of recommendations.
  • Right out of the box, it delivered incredible, long-lasting comfort to dozens of users who worked eight-to-ten-hour shifts on feet daily.
  • Its classic oxford-styled silhouette made it look dressy enough for office work, but casual enough for a date or a night out, remarked most shoppers.
  • Several commenters dubbed it as “a dress shoe with athletic performance.”
  • It felt pretty sturdy to a handful of testers.
  • Various wearers shared about getting complimented on how good the sneaker looked on them.
  • Plenty of buyers made it their go-to pair and ended up buying it in two or more colorways.
  • More than a couple agreed that the colored midsole-outsole added some flash to the sneaker.
  • The PU insoles pleased a few high-arched individuals.
  • Some users appreciated that this model accommodates orthotics or replacement insoles.
  • A good number of wide-footed customers appreciated that this model comes in varying widths.  
  • Based on most reviews, the New Balance 1100 runs true to size, with a soft feel and a fine fit.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The tapered toe box felt quite narrow to some wearers who bought it in the standard width.
  • A few remarked the shoe looked too long for their taste, tagging it as a clown shoe.
  • Long-time New Balance customers reported that this model’s arch support felt unusually flat compared to the other New Balance shoes.

Bottom line

New Balance blend sophistication with performance with this brilliant model. Dashing in its classy oxford-cut silhouette, the New Balance 1100 comprised of a sharp-looking leather-suede upper. It settles atop a dual-toned EVA sole, which supports a leather-topped PU-cushioned footbed.

These features deliver a polished style that turns heads and superior comfort that relaxes the feet. A successful hybrid of a dress shoe and an athletic sneaker, the New Balance 1100 is an excellent addition to anyone’s wardrobe. It’s reasonably priced at $130 while its full-grain leather version sits at $150.


Top: Low
Inspired from: Other
Collection: New Balance Classic
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede
Price: $130
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Built as a low top, with an oxford-cut silhouette, the NB 1100 does not restrict ankle motion. It’s designed to let the wearer quickly adapt to spontaneous and sudden foot transitions. Furthermore, a lace-up closure, featuring leather laces, provides a custom fitting that suits the wearer’s preference.

The NB 1100 is available in men’s sizes ranging from 7 to 14, in standard (D) and x-wide (4E) width options.

Having a sophisticated, oxford styling and leather construction, the NB 1100 looks formal enough for dressy clothing, such as coats and slacks. But since it carries the running shoe DNA, it seamless matches casual wear like jeans, khakis, and chinos, etc. These walking shoes are so versatile while being so subtle about it.

The NB 1100 comes in a refined series of collectible-worthy colorways, such as Black, Brown with Maroon, Navy with Blue, Grey with Blue. The full-grain leather version is available in Black with Grey and Dark Brown with Sand.

What makes the NB 1100 stand out is the way it seamlessly blends its highly sophisticated look (oxford-cut, leather-suede upper with classic stitching, leather laces) with the qualities of a sneaker (PU all-purpose cushion insoles, an EVA midsole, rubber outsole).

Famous for pouring huge amounts of money on research and innovation, New Balance prove that they're not missing out on style as well. With the release of the NB 1100, the good old Boston-based brand has taken a bolder step toward making dressier sneakers embedded with superb athletic performance.

  • The rubber outsole delivers the kind of  traction and stability a good running shoe would.
  • New Balance branding is detail in the tongue, heel tab, sidewall, and insole.