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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 8.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance 1978 is available in multiple colorways.
  • A large percentage of reviewers revealed that this pair is very comfortable.
  • Many buyers noted about the soft and stylish leather upper.
  • A handful of users said that this pair is very durable.
  • Many users applauded the high quality materials used in the New Balance 1978.
  • A nice pair for casual wearing, said few testers.
  • Some revealed that they will recommend this pair to their friends.
  • One reviewer shared that the New Balance 1978 reflects a true craftsmanship. The buyer said that he admires the clean details of this pair.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Few users griped about the slightly expensive price of the New Balance 1978.
  • This pair runs big. They recommend buying a full size down than the buyer’s usual size.
  • Some users did not like the long shoelaces.

Bottom line

To further advance in the lifestyle sector, the NB released the 1978 silhouette. The New Balance 1978 Made in the USA sneaker is the revamped version of the classic NB 990. This bare-bones sneaker is handcrafted with premium materials with eye-catching elements. The luxurious details of the upper seated atop a tough rubber outsole that give its wearers a durable and lightweight sneaker. Although it is offered at a slightly expensive price, the buyers will definitely get what they pay for.


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New Balance 1978 History

In 1978, New Balance started conceptualizing the NB 990. It took them four years to finish the design and was finally released in 1982. The New Balance 990 series has been tagged as the most innovative shoe design in the industry. 

The original 990 displays a conservative silhouette with Vibraflex sole and motion control device at the heels. This provided the wearer stability, cushioning and flexibility all in one shoe. After it was launched, many doubters arose as the NB 990 has a price tag that is much higher than its rivals. But remarkably, the 990 was able to reach 10x than its projected sales.

In honor of the brand’s best sneaker, New Balance revamped the 990 and named it the New Balance 1978, the year they started designing the 990. The NB 1978 is focused on offering a modern take on the classic 990. They used premium materials and sleek details for a stylish design of the New Balance 1978.

New Balance 1978 Style

The New Balance 1978 features the classic 990 silhouette. It showcases all the Made in the USA design elements like premium materials and the detailed stitching. The first class leather upper provides the luxurious appeal and was finished off with contrasting stitching and perforations for more personality. Most of the wearers sport the New Balance 1978 with jeans, joggers or shorts for their everyday wear.

Fit & Sizing

The New Balance 1978 is made with soft leather and suede upper that provides a glove-like fit. The lace up closure is present for a secure fit. This pair generally runs big that is why many wearers recommend grabbing full size down than usual. It is available in men’s size from 5 to 13 in medium width.

Notable Features

The most notable feature of the New Balance 1978 is its upper that is made of premium leather and suede. Most buyers liked this material as it adds a luxurious appeal. Another feature that made a notable mark for many fans is the deconstructed leather collar and tongue. These features add some little personality to this pair.

Additional Info

  • The Vibram® outsole delivers utmost surface contact and multi-directional traction. This injected-molded sole is said to be lighter, more flexible and more durable than the IMEVA soles.
  • The N insignia has reflective underlays.
  • The New Balance 1978 is the first silhouette designed under the “Style of Your Life” evolutionary concept. That concept aims to provide adaptability for the modern stylish consumers.
  • The New Balance 1978 is the result of 2 ½ years of passion project for Global Design Director for NB Lifestyle, Brad Lacey.
  • The NB 1978 is made in roughly 190 miles apart. The upper is manufactured in Norridgewock while the Vibram soles are constructed in Boston.
  • The New Balance Made in the USA products has been manufacturing for more than 75 years and signifies a certain percentage of the company’s US sales.
  • For a product to be dubbed as ‘New Balance Made in US’, 70% of its element must be sourced or constructed in the US.