Verdict from 100+ user reviews

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 that takes from the NB 1500 and NB 1600. The classic-looking shoe’s affordable pricing is apt for its premium looks and detailing that gives it an awesome value for money perspective. The REVlite midsole also gives it extreme cushioning for an even more comfortable walk or run.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.


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