Verdict from 8.6 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers concurred that the New Balance 300 Leather is a great looking and stylish shoe.
  • These are comfortable on the feet, as attested by the majority of the purchasers.
  • One purchaser liked that these shoes go well with both shorts and jeans.
  • The price of these shoes is a bargain.
  • Several colorway options are available for this leather edition of the New Balance 300.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The New Balance 300 Leather runs too narrow, as reported by some reviewers.
  • A few disappointed purchasers were not pleased that these shoes are not available in wide width.
  • One drawback that one reviewer noted is that the logo on the insole of his pair had worn off quickly.
  • One purchaser complained that the pair he received comes with a twisted tongue.
  • Another dismayed purchaser commented that he uses his pair only for light walking in the city, but the sole has already ripped, and the whole shoe began to show significant signs of wear and tear. 

Bottom line

The leather edition of the New Balance 300 provides a seamless fit and clean silhouette with a premium look. The material upgrade results in a great looking and stylish finish that many purchasers loved. Setting aside the aesthetics, it is further well-liked for its comfort and affordability. Although an overall highly recommended sneaker, some stated that it runs narrow and its durability somehow left some reviewers a bit disappointed.

User reviews:

The New Balance 300 Leather is available for both men and women. Men's sizing ranges from size 4 to 13, half sizes included, in D Standard width. Women's sizing, on the other hand, varies from 5 to 12 in B Standard width including also half sizes. Wearers will have adequate foot support through the one-piece leather upper and a customized fit through the traditional lace closure.

Flexible ankle mobility is achievable as the shoe structure is a low-top. As for the tongue, there is an extra eyelet in which the laces could loop through to keep it in place. Same as the collar, it is padded well-enough to provide a comfortable feel around the ankle.  

The New Balance 300 Leather, as the name suggests, is an upgraded version of the classic NB 300 that utilizes leather on the upper instead of the suede-mesh combination on the re-released original version. It is a low-top sneaker with a sporty and casual style that suits everyday casual wear.

One notable feature of the New Balance 300 Leather is its one-piece leather upper, which contributes to a more refined look into the retro shoe. One colorway features a perforated leather toebox, while others have perforation details on the entirety of the upper. Another notable feature, which is prominent as well in other reiterations of the original, is the REVlite technology on the midsole that provides a lightweight cushioning and stability.

One of the earliest models of New Balance is the New Balance 300 or otherwise known as the CRT300, a performance tennis court shoe which initially debuted in 1979 and re-released in 2014 as a lifestyle shoe.

The original version highlighted a combination of polyurethane midsole and a rubber outsole, while the re-released version got an update through the REVlite midsole technology for a more breathable, more responsive, and lighter cushioning. Other than this, the re-released version stays true to the original silhouette by maintaining the mesh upper with suede overlays, a padded collar, a gum outsole, and the iconic "N" branding on the sides.

Throughout the years, the New Balance 300 has received some material upgrades and iterations here and there. One of which is the leather version officially known as the New Balance 300 Leather. On this model, the upper scraped off the original mesh-suede leather then modernized into a one-piece perforated leather while retaining the rest of the primary features like the REVlite midsole cushioning and the rubber outsole with pivot points.

  • Like on the original New Balance 300, the durable rubber outsole of this leather version has pivot points for better traction.
  • The leather upper is perforated to allow foot ventilation for a more comfortable feel.
  • The New Balance 300 shoes are customizable in the New Balance’s official website.
  • Other retail shops also refer to this shoe as the New Balance CRT300 Leather.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.