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Low Top

Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

Mid Top

Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

High Top

Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

Good to know

Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

Inspired from

Sports

Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

Casual

Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

Good to know

Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

Collection

Good to know

Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • The breathable mesh did its job of keeping the foot cool, one user revealed.
  • Based on some reviews, the low-top New Balance 247 LFC was lightweight and offered adequate base support and cushioning in the heel area.
  • It felt comfortable all day, according to the majority of wearers.
  • This lifestyle sneaker can be worn for jogging, working out, walking and other daily activities without problems, a significant number disclosed.
  • One user was pleased with the NB 247 LFC’s lining that allowed easy slip on/off even without untying the shoelaces.
  • It is affordable.
  • Most praised this casual shoe for its stylish silhouette.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A small number of buyers thought this shoe runs a bit tight and narrow especially in the midfoot area.
  • The New Balance 247 LFC fits a little long, one purchaser remarked.

Bottom line

Despite being a relatively new entry to this Boston-based brand’s vast collection of top-grade kicks, the NB 247 has superseded other models in the market almost instantly. In fact, in just one year, multiple variations and collaborations have surfaced proving that it indeed has the making of becoming a future classic.

Liverpool Football Club (aka LFC), a pro football club in England, celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2017. To pay homage, the New Balance 274 LFC was created. Dressed in Liverpool colors, this special edition was released in limited quantities online and in brick and mortar stores.

Aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, lightweight, versatile, not to mention reasonably-priced, this everyday sneaker became an instant hit among LFC fanatics. To date, only a few pairs are available.


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New Balance 247 LFC History

New Balance has been making shoes for over a hundred years and has mastered the craft. It is, thus, unsurprising for a new-comer like the NB 247 to earn so much rave reviews and to be tagged as the hottest new sneaker of the year 2017.

Three of the brand’s iconic models, the NB 1300 and 998 both "Made in the USA" as well as NB 576, that is "Made in the UK," combined to form the New Balance 247. Unveiled in December 2016, 247 “Friends and Family” edition pairs were released in grey/dark teal colorway and only the sneaker and fashion world’s VIPs got a hold of it.

A luxe version surfaced a month after. Crafted with neoprene as well as premium leather and dressed in chic tan, black and white hues, this iteration sold like pancakes. To keep sneakerheads’ excited, the brand saw it fit to launch another rendition. Tagged as NB 247 Sport, this version was made of mesh/nubuck and boasted a modern, fashion-forward silhouette.

Quickly dominating the market, this latest addition shortly became a subject of collaborations. Titolo, Mita and Villa are among the famous brands and retailers that have teamed up with New Balance. Liverpool FC, a top-tier football club in England, also joined the hype. Dubbed as the New Balance 247 LFC, this model was created to commemorate the club’s 125th anniversary.

Already impressed with the shoe’s original design, this collaboration saw it fit to keep the NB 247’s look intact and decided to merely don the shoe’s mesh/nubuck upper in deep red color. The Liver bird crest on the footbed and tongue, as well as the wordmark “125 years” on the heel, were added to finish off its look.

New Balance 247 LFC Style

Liverpool football fanatics can now show their support with pride from head to toe with the New Balance 247 LFC. Outfitted in vibrant burgundy color with a white “N” logo and a hint of yellow on the sole as well as a touch of gold on the tongue label and footbed for accent, this shoe is made to stand out even in a crowded stadium.

Known for its versatility, the New Balance 247 LFC, same as its predecessor, is built to keep wearers feet dry and comfy 24/7 every day. Thus, this shoe looks excellent paired with a variety of day-to-day clothes, casual and sporty attire included.

Fit & Sizing

Supportive yet snug fit can be expected from the low-top NB 247 LFC’s feet-hugging bootie-style construction. Available in men’s sizes 7-14 as well as kids in Standard D width, the shoe frequently fits accurately lengthwise and widthwise.

Notable Features

This shoe was built with a Revlite midsole that is known to be 30% lighter compared to other foams. Lightweight and well-cushioned, wearers can now keep up with the demands of everyday city life in comfort and without worrying about any extra weight. Its rubber outsole with honeycomb-like traction pattern also delivers reliable grip.

Additional Info

  • The lace-up closure with flat laces can be adjusted to achieve locked-in fit.
  • The heel pull tab is added for quick on/off transition.