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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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New Balance 1550 History
Released on July 2015, the New Balance 1550 is a modern inspiration from two of the classic running hits New Balance 1500 and New Balance 1600. The Boston-based company with over 100 years of shoe making legacy are among the few footwear companies left manufacturing and assembling shoes in the United States so expect all pairs of the NB 1550 to be guaranteed proudly All-American made.
New Balance 1550 Style
With its classic good looks, the New Balance 1550 comes in a premium looking suede or nubuck and rubberized mesh upper finish. Combining silhouettes from the NB 1500 and NB 1600, the New Balance 1550 didn’t just take the middle ground but elevated the overall look of the shoes. Central to this is the classy hint of tan leather embossed in the tongue matching the rubber gum outsole that will make any wearer stand out without being too flashy.
The NB 1550 offers a sleek breathable mesh upper finished with a suede or reflective “N” logo underlay, complimentary mesh windows on the lower side panels, rope lacing system and a comfortable REVlite sole cushioning.
Colorways of the shoe are also stylish with some 12 color choices to choose from with all-black and white variants being the most popular among men while the burgundy and clay red options remain popular for the women.
Fit & Sizing
With a REVlite midsole cushioning for a comfortable wear, the New Balance 1550’s width and length run true. The classic-looking shoe is available in men‘s and women’s sizes that are smaller in fit so ordering half-size smaller is recommended. The NB 1550 is available in US size 7 to 13 for men and US size 6 to 11. It is available in medium widths, D and B, respectively for the men’s and women’s models.
The New Balance 1550 features a suede, mesh, and reflective upper with premium cushion support. Among its noteworthy features include a REVlite midsole giving the sneakers premium responsiveness and added durability but remains some 30 percent lighter compared to other midsole foams with the guaranteed similar performance. The shoe looks classic with suede or reflective upper with complimentary mesh windows on the lower side panels and a rope lacing system.
- In 2016, a year after the New Balance 1550’s release, a reflective version was added featuring reflective hits at the heel back and “N” logo.
- Vintage looking tan leather with New Balance branding and numbering appears on the tongue matching the brown rubber gum outsole.
- Window mesh detailing on the side panel gives the needed ventilation and completes the aesthetic finish of New Balance’s lifestyle shoe.
- The shoe was initially launched in Navy/Red, Black/Grey, and White colorways but now comes in a dozen or so options for both men’s and women’s shoes.