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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 9.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance 1300 Heritage is applauded by many because it is attractive and stylish.
  • It was able to meet most buyers' expectations regarding quality. It is durable and of high quality like most New Balance shoes.
  • Some buyers were also pleased and felt proud that this is a Made in USA shoe.
  • Several purchasers well appreciated the premium materials of this edition of the NB 1300.
  • It fits true to size, according to the majority of reviewers.
  • There were also reports that it is comfortable right out of the box. Minimal break-in is required.
  • One reviewer specifically mentioned that his pair feels lighter than the other New Balance 1300 variations he owns.
  • Some noted that the expensive price tag that comes with this shoe is worth it.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer said that he feels that the heel part of the New Balance 1300 Heritage is too high.
  • It is only available in standard width. No other wide size options are available.

Bottom line

The classic New Balance 1300 running shoe silhouette was revived and given a premium update utilizing high-end materials and some of the brand's best technologies such as the ENCAP midsole technology and the injection molded EVA foam. It results in a yet again another highly recommended shoe from New Balance, the New Balance 1300 Heritage, which is a part of the 2016 "Heritage" pack. The premium materials meant high price, but most consumers felt that with its comfort and quality, the price is all worth it. Adding to this is the fact that it is proudly made in the USA. It is also stylish enough to sport in the streets for an everyday look.



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New Balance 1300 Heritage History

The New Balance 1300 first launched in 1985 as a running shoe. It was marketed as expensive and revolutionary because of its technologies that combine both the needed stability and cushioning in a running shoe while keeping it lightweight and comfortable. The upper utilizes supple nubuck leather, while the outsole uses an extremely durable carbon rubber. Another feature is a double extended heel counter. It was also aimed to reach a broader range of consumers as it was made in a variety of widths for a more precise fit.

In March 2016, New Balance released the New Balance 1300 Heritage as a Made in USA limited edition shoe. It was part of the brand's "Heritage" pack that involves two other retro running shoes, the 990 and the 996. It shadows the original 1300 silhouette, but utilizes high-end materials for a premium look. On the upper can be seen durable suede, instead of nubuck leather, with mesh underlays for the much-needed breathability, hold, and comfort. It also features the brand's ENCAP midsole technology for added support and durability. The midsole also uses an IMEVA, otherwise known as the injection-molded EVA foam, for lightweight cushioning.

New Balance 1300 Heritage Style

Truly a classic piece, the New Balance 1300 Heritage manifests a premium suede and mesh upper that displays the signature N logo on the sides. It has a Made in USA craftsmanship that comes in a bold color combination. Men can wear it casually with either shorts or jeans from day to night.

Fit & Sizing

The New Balance 1300 Heritage is available in men's sizes that range from 6 to 13, including half sizes except 12.5, in Standard (D) width. No wide size options are available. Sufficient hold and support are there, considering its running shoe DNA and the suede upper material with mesh underlays. The low-top structure, along with the padded collar and tongue, allows flexible ankle mobility and comfort. The traditional lace closure gives a snug fit. There is also an extra tab on the tongue for the laces to loop through and keep it in place.

Notable Features

The classic appeal of the New Balance 1300 Heritage cannot be denied with its familiar silhouette in premium materials. The upper is composed of high-quality suede with notable mesh underlays. Another feature to note, which can also be found in the original silhouette, is the Achilles dip on the collar that helps keep the heel from rocking. Likewise, this edition also features the ENCAP midsole technology and the injection-molded EVA foam that functions for lightweight cushioning while retaining stability.

Additional Info

  • There is an extra reinforcement on the heel counter.
  • The heel tab displays the New Balance branding while the tongue has the classic NB 1300 logo patch.
  • The lugged rubber sole follows the pattern on the original 1300 silhouette.