Facts

  • Top

    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
    $95
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A lot of customers heaved praises at the Engineered Knit material for being lightweight making the shoe ideal for extended walks.
  • Majority of reviewers found the cushy REVlite sole comfortable and responsive for everyday walking.
  • Most users adore the versatile style of this casual sneaker as it matches well with a variety of clothes.
  • Several purchasers are impressed with the Engineered Knit material as it is extremely breathable.
  • The shoe gave adequate levels of comfort for the feet and moderate arch support.
  • One commenter with higher instep says the New Balance 300 Engineered Knit remains comfortable after extended wear.
  • A good number of people love to travel using these shoes as it is lightweight, cool, and a comfortable wear.
  • Quite a lot of customers appreciate the design of the shoe that is ideal for summer wear.
  • Most wearers like the knit material as it is easy to clean from dirt and other stains.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some noted that the sizes were a bit narrow so sizes ordered online should be at least half-size larger to feel comfortable.
  • A few reviewers felt the limited color options discouraged them from buying it.
  • A customer thought the New Balance Engineered Knit is uncomfortable at the heel back because it is too tight and causes blisters.

Bottom line

Using the same tennis shoe silhouette that people loved in the 1980s, New Balance 300 Engineered Knit came prepared to once again continue the legacy of past releases worn by some of the world’s top tennis players such as Roy Emerson and Virginia Wade. 

Being a predecessor of the iconic New Balance Court 300, the New England-based shoe company pushed the design component and introduced engineered knit material to boost the shoes’ lightweight construction, making it one of their lightest releases. The performance shoe highlighted by its REVlite midsole is now turned into a lifestyle sneaker that promises comfort, responsiveness and durability, a balanced color scheme, and true value for money with its $94.99 price tag that often comes discounted in retail stores.

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New Balance 300 Engineered Knit History

Focusing on quality over hype, New Balance as a footwear manufacturer started in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Company.  The company focused on manufacturing arch support and orthopedic shoes for several decades focusing on this small niche market which rarely went out of state.

The shoe company only went full blast in manufacturing running shoes in the 1970s when it was bought by Jim Davis and started to get noticed in running circles and eventually getting media attention from running magazines. The homegrown American shoe company was able to further reach new heights by providing exclusive apparel to athletes during the height of the running craze in the 1970s to 1980s but still remaining true to their no star endorsements policy stressing the importance of quality over the hype of star players endorsing the shoes.

It can be recalled that Davis stressed that New Balance’s strength lies in the quality of their shoe, durability and comfort and their ability to respond to market needs and demands.

As a result of this staying on track by focusing on shoe quality and design, the company was able to produce the best running shoes in the world. Among the shoes that made a mark during the 1980s was the New Balance Court 300 which rocked the “N” logo designed by Terry Heckler and has captured audiences from adults, young adults and kids.

While these are just some of the popular designs of the American shoemaker, many designs of New Balance remained competitive mainly because of its use of new technology and materials for their products.

Among the shoes of today introducing new technology is New Balance 300 Engineered Knit. Like other knitted and woven materials used in shoemaking today, Engineered Knit by New balance provides a comfortable stride as it is extremely lightweight making the shoe portable and easy to wear for longer periods.

In 2011, the company also came up with springy foam material REVlite that is exceptionally lightweight and used in most of their running shoes intended for marathons and long distance runs or simply for comfortable strolls and walks.

New Balance 300 Engineered Knit Style

In terms of style, the New balance 300 Engineered Knit maintains the quality of the American shoe brand and projecting its clean silhouette popular in the tennis courts in the 1980s. The New Balance 300 Engineered Knit came in black-white, gray-red, and white-blue colorways that are perfect for daily walks in the park or strolls in the neighborhood.

As a lifestyle sneaker, the lightweight materials of the Engineered Knit and the silhouette of the classic shoe makes it a versatile companion for a variety of clothing including shorts, pants, and other fashion styles. The clean looks of the shoe brought about by the perfect blend of knitted material and rubber outsole combining style and comfort ideal for everyday wear.

Fit & Sizing

The New Balance 300 Engineered Knit runs true to size and is kept snug to the feet by a traditional lace-up. The shoe runs through a medium width D and is available in men’s sizes. The sneakers are available in US size 4.5 to 13. For female sneaker fans, getting down 1.5 in size will give them a much better fit.

Notable Features

Relative new to the realm of lifestyle sneakers, the REVlite cushioning of the New Balance Engineered Knit 300 seems to be its most notable feature aside from the engineered knit material that composes most of the shoes’ upper.

Introduced by New Balance in 2011, REVlite provides superior cushioning and responsiveness without giving additional weight to the shoe. The extra-durable REVlite midsole provides as much function as fashion by providing premium responsiveness and durability with 30 percent less weight than other foam cushioning systems with comparable performance.

The Engineered Knit material, meantime, assures lightweight comfort without sacrificing breathability and comfort.  The knitted material also promises the same quality and strength as in other premium woven material used by other shoe brands in the market.

Additional Info

  • The vintage sneaker was constructed with engineered knit across the uppers while using reinforced overlays and leather on the heel tabs.
  • Rubber outsole provides good grip and traction on the ground.