Verdict from 6 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers commended the stylish appearance of the New Balance 247 Leather. 
  • One reviewer said that this shoe looks fine whether to dress up or down an outfit.
  • There were a few comments that the support of this shoe is great.
  • The materials on the upper make this shoe flexible and breathable, according to some reviewers.
  • Several purchasers noted that this shoe fits true to size.
  • Some users stated that this low-top is lightweight.
  • A handful of reviewers mentioned that the NB 247 Leather is less expensive than other similar lifestyle sneakers from other brands.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers commented that though they liked the look of the NB 247 Leather, its narrow toe box is a bit disappointing.
  • The leather version of the New Balance 247 shoe is available in limited colorways.

Bottom line

Living up to its name, the 247 Leather from New Balance is probably your next favorite go-to pair of kicks from day to night, 24/7. This leather iteration retains the original NB 247 silhouette’s sporty heritage with a streamlined upper in premium leather and REVlite midsole.

Many took note of its superb comfort, lightweight, and breathability all because of the Airaprene sock inner cleatie construction and perforated toe box. However, because of the same reason, a few found this low-top narrow-fitting in the forefoot.

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Good to know

The New Balance 247 Leather is available in men's sizing which ranges from size 4 to 14 in D Standard width. Half sizes are also available. The fit is true to size for the majority of purchasers.

This shoe has a low-top cleatie construction for a snug and secure fit that hugs the foot, and wearing it on/off is easier thanks to the pull tab presented on the heel. The overall hold and support of this shoe are great considering its running shoe DNA.

With its stylish façade and impressive performance, the New Balance 247 Leather fits the bill as your next go-to pair. The upper flaunts high-quality leather with perforations on the toe box for a sophisticated look without losing the silhouette’s sporty heritage.

Underneath it is an Ariaprene sock cleatie construction that hugs the foot for a snug fit. Sealing off the streamlined look of this shoe are monochromatic laces, embossed New Balance "N" logo on the quarter panel overlays, and the “NB 247” branding on the leather tongue tab.

The New Balance 247 silhouette received another upgrade through the New Balance 247 Leather model by utilizing premium leather as upper material instead of synthetic, mesh, or knit. On the toe box are perforation details that add not only aesthetic value to the shoe but breathability as well for improved comfort.

Like the regular 247 model, this leather iteration features the advanced REVlite technology for a lightweight and responsive ride. The outsole is a bit different though because unlike the original 247 shoe, this one does not utilize gum rubber as its outsole material.

The New Balance 247 is one of the brand’s front liners in the lifestyle sneaker category despite being relatively younger than the classic NBs. Several New Balance models such as the 574, 576, 998, and 1300 were the inspirations behind its lifestyle-ready design. A nod to the New Balance 1300 is the asymmetrical detail on the toe vamp, while the collar strap design was a borrowed element from the 574 and 576. The sole unit of the 247, on the other hand, is a subtle reference to the 998 but more streamlined with REVlite technology for a lighter weight.

After its debut in 2016, the New Balance 247 Collection did not stop making a name in the fashion department. It continued producing different iterations of the 247 silhouette, and one of them is the New Balance 247 Leather.

The New Balance 247 Leather is a leather version of the original 247 shoe. Instead of synthetic mesh or knit, it utilizes premium leather on the toe box with noteworthy perforations for breathability. The overlays and brandings are also of leather material for a sophisticated-meets-sporty façade. It shadows the REVlite midsole of the original 247, as well as the sock-like cleatie construction.

  • Displayed on the tongue and quarter panels are New Balance brandings.
  • The insoles are made of soft nubuck material.
  • Also utilized is a midfoot saddle for stability.


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