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

7 reasons to buy

  • Out of the few reviews gathered, most noted the shoe’s impressively light construction.
  • The low-top New Balance 247 Breathe was also praised for its stretchy and super breathable mesh upper.
  • Most of the users were satisfied with its in-shoe feel. One buyer even thought this shoe felt like the Adidas NMD but with a bit more cushioning.
  • It is reasonably-priced.
  • The NB 247 Breathe is available in seven attractive hues namely Black, Navy, Mint Cream, Sherbet, White and Grey. The Cosmic Sky colorway is exclusively made for women.
  • Its clean silhouette can be rocked with a variety of dressy and sporty outfit, according to a significant number of testers.
  • It often fits true to size.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The textile lining on the insole separated after a few wears, according to one buyer.
  • A few revealed that the NB 247 Breathe fits a tad loose in the front.

Bottom line

Although a recent addition to the brand’s extensive collection of top-grade kicks, the NB 247 has proven it has what it takes to supersede other models in today’s market. This product and the iterations that followed is evidence of its popularity.

The New Balance 247 Breathe is among this model's current renditions. Lightweight and ultra-breathable, it is perceived as a perfect spring and summer shoe. Its durability, however, was questioned by a small number of users. This shortcoming, though, was not enough to irk the majority who remain pleased with its overall look as well as performance-inclined construction, not to mention its reasonable price tag.


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New Balance 247 Breathe History

Boston-based brand New Balance, with over a hundred years of experience in this industry, has mastered the craft of shoemaking. Thus, it is unsurprising for a new creation like the NB 247 to gain so much recognition in a short period.

A product of the fusion of the brand's three iconic models, the NB 998 and 1300 both "Made in the USA" and the NB 576, which is "Made in the UK," the first low-top NB 247 made its debut in December 2016. Just 247 pairs of this gray and dark teal “Friends and Family” edition were released and only the VIPs of the sneaker and fashion world got a hold of it.

A month later, a luxe version of this new-comer emerged and NB fans worldwide were thrilled. Made with neoprene as well as top-grade leather and donned in elegant tan, white and black hues, the pairs sold out instantly and were hailed the hottest new sneaker of the year.

Soon after, a sporty iteration surfaced. The most widely available rendition of this model, it was crafted with mesh and nubuck. It was also lauded for its modern and stylish silhouette. Quickly increasing in popularity, the NB 247, in no time, became a subject of collaborations. Top-tier retailers and global brands like Titolo, Villa and Mita have teamed up with New Balance to give this shoe their mark of approval.

The New Balance 247 Breathe made its preview in April 2017 and was put on the market on May 1 the same year. This pack showcased seven tonal pairs. The kicks in this collection were made of ultra-breathable mesh to keep wearers’ feet dry and comfy during the hottest weather. They were also outfitted in pastel colors and neutral hues to match the summer season.

New Balance 247 Breathe Style

Survive the summer heat in style with the low-top New Balance 247 Breathe. Staying true to its name, this model indeed lets the feet breathe 24/7 with its airy and stretchy engineered mesh. Its visually attractive colors are also a sight to behold in scorching hot weather.

Stylish and clean, these kicks can be rocked with almost anything casual or sporty. Men and women alike can easily pair these with their favorite everyday clothes including jeans, sweats, shorts, leggings, and dresses.

Fit & Sizing

Avid sneaker enthusiasts can look forward to getting a supportive yet snug fit from the NB 247 Breathe’s sock-like construction. This feet-hugging model is offered for both genders. Sizes for men range from 7-14 while women’s sizes range from 5.5-11.

Notable Features

The Revlite midsole unit in this lifestyle sneaker is known to be 30% lighter than other foams. Aside from being lightweight, it is also durable as well as responsive. Its reflective “N” logo, on the one hand, increases the shoe's visibility at night or at low-light.

Additional Info

  • The traditional lace-up closure with flat shoestrings helps wearers achieve locked-in fit.
  • Loop on the heel is added for easy on/off transition.
  • Its rubber outsole features a honeycomb traction pattern for reliable grip.
  • For branding, the rubber patch logo on tongue displays the brand’s name.