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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.

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- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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We spent 6.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers said that the New Balance 247 Classic gives a really comfortable feel.
  • The textile mesh upper provides breathability.
  • The heel tab of the shoe makes it easy to wear.
  • Some reviewers praised how lightweight the shoe is.
  • Some buyers were highly appreciative of the shoe’s clean and minimal design.
  • A handful of buyers claimed that the shoe is quite affordable.
  • Available in multiple colorways for both of the men and women versions.
  • The shoe fits true to size.
  • A few were quite elated that it matches well with different styles.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers said that the tab on the tongue can be irritating on the shin if the shoe is worn with “no-show” socks.

Bottom line

The New Balance 247 Classic is one of the models from the brand’s new, yet already successful New Balance 247 Collection. The shoe features a mesh toe with synthetic nubuck on the midfoot, a heel panelling, and a stretchy neoprene collar and tongue that provide a foot-hugging comfort and breathability. At a very affordable price, considering its style, comfort, and performance, this is clearly a classic in the truest sense of the word.



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New Balance 247 Classic History

The New Balance 247 Collection is a brand new silhouette from the brand. It has only been a few months since it was first released but it already has gotten quite some recognition in the sneaker world. Throughout its very young yet rather successful lifetime, the brand has already made some few changes on the popular silhouette, giving the people more stylish options to choose from.

Although the New Balance 247 is a new stylish silhouette, it was designed with its origin drawn from three of the brand’s most iconic retro models: M1300JP for the forefoot throat pattern, original 1993 NB998 for the grey nubuck, and the NB576 for the mesh toe box inspiration. The shoe had a limited edition release to only 247 pairs.

By December 2016, the New Balance 247 “Friends & Family” Pack came out. The pack was also in a limited edition release of 247 pairs. This premium version of the shoe was released in a grey and dark teal colorway. But the pack is now hard to find since it quickly got sold out.

The New Balance 247 Luxe Pack came out next with a trio of brand new colorways. The shoe features a premium leather and neoprene upper. The new set of colorways of the Luxe Pack comes in a tonal tan, white, and black.

Following the 247 Luxe is the New Balance 247 Sport which was released in four colorways of orange, olive, black, and black & white. The shoe showcases an engineered mesh upper, a neoprene sock construction, and a reflective collar strap, rubber tongue, and the trademark “N” logo of the shoe. The shoe also has drawn some additional inspirations for its design from the 1300 for the toe vamp, the 574 and 576 for the collar strap and the 998 for the midsole.

The New Balance 247 Classic is the New Balance 247’s new face. The shoe is offered in a classic colorway of black, white, and gray and it was released for both men and women. The Classic is the third variation of the 247 Collection following the 247 Luxe and the 247 Sport. For the release of the 247 Classic, New Balance went back to its roots for the model’s colorway set inspired by the traditional shades that the brand is known for.

New Balance 247 Classic Style

New Balance kept a simple yet classic look for the 247 Classic. A slim, sleek, and stylish look of the shoe that combines form and function that is great for someone who is constantly moving. It is a versatile pair of sneaker that is perfect for any combination of a casual outfit. The perfect shoe whether for training in the gym, working, travelling, or for a day-to-day routine. For the women’s shoe, they can look good with a pair of leggings, yoga pants, or even a pair of shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The fit of the New Balance 247 Classic is basically the same as the other shoe model from the 247 collection. It has a wider toe box that is quite accommodating to those with wide feet. It comes in 4-14 men’s sizes while the women’s is from 5.5 to 11. Both models come in standard width, which is D and B, respectively. The shoe also has a low-cut bootie structure that provides support and a snug fit. The shoe is offered in both men and women’s sizing.

Notable Features

How the New Balance 247 Classic fits perfectly and gives a comfortable hug to the foot is what most people gush about the shoe. They really loved how the shoe fits and how comfortable it is when they were wearing them. The stylish look of the shoe was also a huge plus for the buyers since they loved its simple yet classic look.

Additional Info

  • A REVLite midsole cushioning is used.
  • Includes an integrated neoprene sock as an additional touch to the shoe.
  • A neoprene collar and tongue can be observed.
  • A welded “N” logo on the quarter panel alongside a woven label on the tongue.
  • The New Balance 247 Classic Women’s collection was the first women’s specific collection from the 247 line and was dropped on March 4th, nicely coinciding with the “International Women’s Day”.
  • A contrasting trademark “N” logo New Balance branding on the men’s shoe while a tonal 3M “N” logo on the women’s shoe.
  • Metallic overlays which are inspired by gem colors are also observed on the women’s version of the sho