Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • Many applaud the New Balance 1300 Heritage because it is attractive and stylish.
  • It meets most buyers' expectations regarding quality.
  • Some buyers are pleased and proud that this is a Made in USA shoe.
  • Several purchasers appreciate the premium materials of this edition of the NB 1300.
  • It fits true to size, according to the majority of reviewers.
  • There are also reports that it is comfortable right out of the box. A minimal break-in is required.
  • One reviewer mentions that his pair feels lighter than the other New Balance 1300 variations he owns.
  • Some note that the expensive price tag that comes with this shoe is worth it.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer says that he feels that the heel part of the New Balance 1300 Heritage is too high.
  • A small number of reviewers complain about the hard sole of this New Balance shoe. 

Bottom line

The classic New Balance 1300 running shoe silhouette is revived and given a premium update with high-end materials and some of the brand's best technologies. It results in a yet again one of the highly recommended shoes from New Balance, the 1300 Heritage.

Such upgrades mean a high price tag, but most consumers feel 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.

Facts

Base model: New Balance 1300
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede
Price: $120
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 2% best sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this January

The New Balance 1300 Heritage is a running-inspired sneaker that gives sufficient foot support considering its 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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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