Verdict from 4 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A lot of wide-footed players liked the fit of the New Balance 442 Pro Firm Ground.
  • A couple of users who were flat-footed said that it lightened the burden on the Achilles tendons due to its elevated heel.
  • The New Balance 442 Pro Firm Ground was attested to be durable by a few reviewers as it lasted them seasons.
  • Some of the commenters appreciated the classic look of this soccer cleat for firm ground surfaces.
  • Quite a few users lauded the comfort provided by the removable Ortholite sockliner., which is also featured on other New Balance shoes like the New Balance Furon 4.0 Firm Ground.
  • The leather on the toe box was designed for defenders and midfielder, said one reviewer.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A commenter said that he does not highly recommend this New Balance soccer cleat for professionals as there are a lot more better options for a heritage cleat.
  • Some of the reviewers said that the New Balance 442 Pro Firm Ground did not have much appeal aesthetically.
  • A particular reviewer was underwhelmed by the classic black colorway and the design of this soccer cleat.
  • One critic went on to say that this shoe looks like a failed design of the New Balance Visaro Pro K-Leather Firm Ground.
  • Some users did not like the fold-over tongue detail of this soccer cleat.

Bottom line

The New Balance 442 Pro Firm Ground may be considered as one of the brand’s less popular soccer cleats. However, it was deemed to be worth the buy, according to its users. Most of those who have benefited from this vintage looking soccer cleat are the wide-footed and flat-footed players. The shoe has provided them with perfect fit and comfort. Some were a bit disappointed with its look. Overall, this soccer cleat will satisfy players with wide and flat feet looking for comfort and durability.

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Good to know

  • The New Balance 442 Pro is a heritage soccer cleat from New Balance. It has a very simple aesthetic, yet it has a wide range of features that provide the user with the potential to make it big on the soccer pitch.
  • This soccer cleat comes with a kangaroo leather vamp. The softness of the leather allows the user to have a great touch on the ball. It also offers excellent fit as it follows the shape of the foot after continued use. K-leather soccer cleat is a common element for  similar-looking classic soccer cleats such as the Adidas Mundial Goal and Nike Premier II Firm Ground
  • It features an Ortholite sockliner that is fully removable. It provides an excellent blend of comfort and performance all throughout the 90-minute game.
  • The New Balance 442 Pro FG has a perforated synthetic Polyurethane (PU) collar. It has a traditional fit that adds to the stability of the ankle area.
  • Its TPU soleplate is engineered with several conical shaped studs. They penetrate well on firm grounds (FG).

The New Balance 442 Pro Firm Ground is available in men’s version in sizes 5.5 to 12.5. Its kangaroo leather upper is soft enough to stretch as the shoe is broken in. The traditional lacing also allows the users to adjust the fit according to their foot widths.

The soleplate of the New Balance 442 is made of durable Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) material. It is both lightweight and flexible to provide a smooth ride on the pitch.

It has 11 conical studs - four in the heel and seven in the forefoot including the support stud in the middle. The stud configuration is useful in providing excellent traction on firm natural grass.

The New Balance 442 Pro Firm Ground upper is made of two separate materials - natural leather and synthetic material. The kangaroo leather vamp provides a fantastic feel on the ball. The soft and supple material expands and adapts to the natural curves of the foot, while the stitching prevents it from overstretching.

This soccer cleat has a classic fold-over tongue that partially covers the central lacing system. The large tongue creates a clean contact surface for a powerful strike.

For the rear part of this shoe, the upper is made of quality synthetic material. A perforated PU synthetic is used on the collar. It has a traditional fit and provides more stability in the area.

Also found on this soccer cleat is the Ortholite insert. It is a removable insole that is lightweight and breathable found on other modern soccer cleats including the New Balance Furon 4.0 Pro Firm Ground. It adds to the overall comfort and underfoot cushioning of the New Balance 442 Pro Firm Ground.

  • The New Balance 442 Pro Firm Ground also comes in a wide version to accommodate players with wide feet.
  • This soccer cleat comes with a removable Ortholite sockliner.


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