Who should buy the New Balance 345

New Balance 345 was released in the Spring of 217 which came in a streamlined, low-top profile. This is a great buy if you want:

  • A sturdy skate shoe built with vulc construction.
  • A shoe that offers protection against shock and impact.

New Balance 345 logo

New Balance 345 Style

The low-top New Balance 345 comes with a bunch of skate-specific advantages as it is built with a reinforced primary upper and durable rubber outsole. The suede upper is made of subdued monotones which makes it so versatile to pair up with a mélange of casual streetwear like long shorts, cargos, khakis, slim-tapered pants, and straight-fit bottoms.

New Balance 345 midsole

Standard lacing system

The New Balance 345 has a standard lacing system that offers a customized lockdown fit.

New Balance 345 laces

Snug fit 

The elastic band under the tongue provides a slip-on feel to the foot and offers a snug fit.

New Balance 345 tongue

Hard-wearing components

The upper down to the outsole is made with hard-wearing components which makes this sneaker a stable and durable skateboarding companion.

New Balance 345 upper

Reinforced heel

The heel is reinforced with an additional panel for support, especially during heelflips.

New Balance 345 heel

Multiple layered rubber sole

The sole of this shoe is made with multiple layers of rubber, which are glued together and bonded to the upper with a strong rubber foxing tape.

New Balance 345 outsole

ABZORB+ insert

New Balance custom insert called ABZORB + insert is placed inside the shoe to add protection to the foot, particularly in high-impact zones.

New Balance 345 lining

New Balance 345 History

New Balance is one of the oldest sports footwear manufacturers based in the US that has mastered athletic shoe construction for over a century now. Its entry into the footwear industry started as early as 1906 as a maker of arch support and after a couple of decades later, around the mid-1980s it earned a solid reputation in the running circuit.

New Balance attempted to immerse into the growing skateboarding industry. In 2013 the Numeric category was conceived which particularly addressed the needs of the skateboarding communities. The venture of the brand into skating was further amplified by its initial tie-up with prominent skateboarders.

New Balance 345 heel outsole

One of the Numeric front-liners that has an appeal among skateboarders is the slim, low-top New Balance Quincy. Soon, through the recommendation of professional riders, the Numeric range grew exponentially in the coming years that led to the birth of vulc models like the Brighton 344 in 2016.

This silhouette is succeeded by the drop of the New Balance 345 in the Spring of 2017, which also came in a streamlined, low-top profile. The updated 345 is likewise built with a vulc construction and trademark ABZORB  + insert, which offers protection against shock and impact.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Colorways: Black / Blue / Grey / Brown / White / Purple / Orange / Green
SKUs: M345BGG / M345BLB / M345BW / M345DPG / M345GBW / M345GGB / M345MNG / M345OVG / M345SSB / M345WBL

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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