Who should buy the New Balance 237

You'd fall for this kick if:

  • you love wearing sneakers with a strong vintage character
  • you want a quality daily beater for less than $80 (that also goes on sale often)
  • you are searching for summer-ready sneaks made of mesh and suede

Who should NOT buy the shoe

If you are used to sneakers with a softer type of cushioning, check out the NB 57/40. It is also part of the brand’s retro category.

And if you fancy a little bit “more progressive and out there” retro shoe from New Balance, see the NB 327. It has a more aggressive, studded rubber outsole.


Exude that retro goodness with the New Balance 237

Most reviewers adore the New Balance 237's aesthetic and find its classic silhouette appealing. Taking inspiration from the brand's vintage running footwear releases, the New Balance 237 integrates the best of retro sneaker goodness and modern styling. This marriage gave birth to a versatile and stylishly timeless silhouette that elevates your streetwear ensemble.

The shoe references design inspiration from the following New Balance classics: NB 420, 1300, and the Gator cleats.

One sneakerhead commented that “that kind of look never dies” and also found it reminiscent of the Nike Cortez. Another expert thinks that it “looks like all-time classics but with a modern twist.” He loves how the mix of textures and materials creates a lot of interesting shapes in the silhouette.


Regular buyers are just as ecstatic about the 237, saying that they have received “a ton of compliments” on day one. Some also highlighted the slightly slanted New Balance writing on the back.

On the downside, a few wearers thought that the sneaker’s materials are a bit cheap as they get wrinkled easily.


Blends with sportswear to streetwear clothes

Most wearers love how they can dress it up in a sporty vibe or with a more casual, laid-back ensemble. An avid sneaker reviewer finds the 237 more traditional compared to silhouettes like the 327. Despite being a retro shoe, it is not as demanding style-wise. That’s why, it “can probably more safely go with all of your outfits,” he says.


Bold, nostalgic palette

All of the reviewers love the bright color schemes of this shoe and the fact that it comes in a really wide variety of colorways and collaborations. This tempted many people into buying more pairs in different colors.

As one expert puts it, NB is known for doing an amazing job with neutral colors (like navy blue, black, and grey), but it also nailed it with the colors on the 237, which give it “a nice pop.”


One of the buyers who doesn’t usually wear bright-colored shoes was positively surprised that the sneaker “matched a majority of what is in [her] closet.”

The wearers also mention that the colors are true to the photos and are “exactly as pictured.”

In-shoe comfort from the start

According to many wearers, the 237 offers comfort from day one. There is no pinching or blisters. In the words of a sneakerhead, the shoes “have a leg to stand on in that front,” also adding that “[he is] smiling because these are so comfy.”

The midsole cushioning of the 237 appears to be a mixed bag. Expert reviewers say that it’s “super basic” and that it’s “actually just a slab of EVA,” with most of the underfoot comfort coming from the insole.

On the other hand, more than a few reviewers reported feeling comfortable and supported in the following scenarios:

  • walking 8+ hours a day
  • having flat or injured feet
  • suffering from plantar fasciitis or neuroma

Their feet and legs also didn’t feel sore after wearing the New Balance 237.

However, on the downside, a few wearers complain about how the NB 237 feels stiff underfoot. They managed to remedy the issue by replacing the insoles.


Feel sure to go true to size in the NB 237

Both expert reviewers and regular buyers agree that it is safe to go true to your New Balance size in this model. Some people mentioned having “plenty of room” in the toebox, while others still think that people with wide feet should get half-size larger.


As for the overly long laces, some love them, some hate them. But the good news is that they stay tied pretty well

Barely there

Even though it's adequately padded all over, this shoe doesn't feel heavy at all.


Many wearers are surprised at how light it feels on the foot.


Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Mesh, Suede, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Laci is a contemporary dancer turned shoe aficionado. She is the most knowledgeable person when it comes to athletic shoes, size conversions and details people nitpick about footwear. She keeps the RunRepeat content gears turning 24/7. And she walks 20miles/week.