Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    New Balance 1550

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $100
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Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Several users loved the combination of modern suede and rubberized mesh upper.
  • A few shoe buyers praised the shoe detailing and materials used in making the shoe because it is eye catching and statement making.
  • The majority of reviewers rate the New Balance 1550 as comfortable.
  • A couple of customer reviews complimented the REVlite midsole for its lightweight cushioning that is great for casual walks to light runs and exercise.
  • A reviewer liked its leather details on the tongue and rubber gum sole as it gives a premium overall look to the shoe.
  • The shoe gained positive reviews for running true to size and fits well for a good number of consumers.
  • Mesh upper also earned positive comments from those who purchased the shoes because it made them extremely cool and breathable.
  • A customer liked the neutral tones for the colorways of the shoe.
  • A reviewer liked the affordable price point of the shoe.
  • Alternate shoe laces provided for each pair were also appreciated by some reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer saw several pairs with quality control issues after seeing several shoes with crooked parts.
  • One user noticed holes on the upper heel area after six months of use causing him to develop blisters.
  • A customer found signs of wear and tear on the shoe opening after just days of use.

Bottom line

The New Balance 1550 is a great casual running sneaker with stylish design and comfortable cushioning. The classic-looking shoe’s affordable pricing for its premium looks and detailing gives it an awesome value for money perspective. The REVlite midsole gives it extreme cushioning for an even more comfortable walk or run.

The shoes are also an improvement from the inspirations behind its release the New Balance 1500 and the New Balance 1600. The brown rubber gum sole provides just the right grip and traction perfect for everyday wear while the modern suede or the nubuck leather option gives it a premium feel without thinning the wallet.

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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.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.