New Balance 346 History
New Balance has been around since 1906, and in over its 100 years of existence, the brand has amassed a massive following. New Balance is known for producing excellent running footwear, so it is no surprise that some of its customers who are into skateboarding have been asking the brand to manufacture shoes that cater to the said sport. Eventually, in 2013, New Balance introduced its skate category called the New Balance Numeric.
New Balance Numeric offers footwear and apparel that are engineered to help skaters perform better. Their skate shoes mix several skateboarding techs with the company's heritage and quality that the brand is famous for. Just like running, New Balance aims to be as authentic as possible as they venture into this new culture.
New Balance Numeric's brand manager is a skateboarder himself named Sebastian Palmer. He shared that the company's priority is not to be the biggest but is committed to producing the best footwear quality ever, whether it be for running or skateboarding.
Today, their footwear range houses a decent amount of skate shoes, from low-top to mid-top and court-inspired styles. One of these shoes is the New Balance 346, which is a mid-top version of a previous model called the 345. It offers more ankle support without sacrificing the 345's efficient performance it became known for.