The New Balance 300 Vintage is a low-top sneaker inspired by tennis. Its low collar and tongue are lightly padded for extra comfort around the ankle, while its lace closure gives a secure and customizable fit. Overall hold and support are good.
The New Balance 300 Vintage sports a low profile form which can be outfitted in many ways without spoiling a fashionable style. Its sleek earth-tone upper can be perfectly combined with dark-colored pants as well as shorts but partnering it with light-hued clothing wouldn't hurt as well. Women adoring the shoe can sport it with darker apparel.
The sneaker is composed of a mesh upper with suede accents at the heel counter, the vamp, and at the toe cap. The classic "N" New Balance trademark is positioned at the vamp on both lateral and medial sides. A remarkable feature of the shoe is the REVlite® foam midsole that is 30% lighter than usual foams which provides the same durability and responsiveness. The rubber outsole's innovative pivot point mechanism enables the user to switch directions quickly.
New Balance came a long way from William J. Riley's idea of selling a three-point arch support inspired by observing chickens in his yard into producing shoes for global consumption. The shoemaker started its production in 1906 with its arch support as the primary product, and through the years, its weathered legacy proved to stay focused as a provider of foot clothing as its worldwide fame stood evidence.
The company's prominence was contributed mainly by the release of the Trackster; the first running shoe made with a breakthrough ripple sole. Since then, production rose and improved and was soon used in other sports like track and tennis.
With continued progress and increasing demand for tennis shoes, New Balance aligned with the trends of the era with its release of the Court 300 in 1979. It was assembled with a rubber gum outsole in a suede low top upper. It became the shoe of choice of prized tennis athletes like Roy Emerson and Virginia Wade. It boomed in the tennis industry in the early 80s and was soon worn by other tennis pros. The shoe’s popularity even extended into the 90s.
Increasing supply of shoes, not only in the field of tennis, continued to progress with several companies releasing designs with technological elements. This fad diminished the Court 300's following as other brands overcame the shoe's performance. Although the Court 300's popularity gradually subsided, consumers shifted their preference to the same company's running shoes which cemented New Balance into a billion-dollar industry.
2014 bare witness to the timely revival of the New Balance Court 300 as a growing trend for lifestyle sneakers emerged. The New Balance 300 Vintage maintained its original low top form but with contemporary upgrades. The classic sneaker was reinvented with a suede and mesh upper for breathability and durability. Aside from the upper materials, a more noticeable upgrade for the shoe was its REVlite® cushioning technology which is lighter but is more responsive than its predecessor's midsole. Since its release in 2014, the sneaker was made available in a multitude of colorways that made brand loyalists love it again.
- A removable insole can be found inside the shoe which provides extra comfort and stability.
- The tongue is composed of a nylon material with a New Balance logo patch.
- The silhouette, due to its favorable resurgence, acquired multiple collaborations with lifestyle brands accompanied by reconstructed colorways in a variety of materials.
- The shoe's model code is CRT300VW on the brand's official website.