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The New Balance performance skate shoes have a generally narrow fit, particularly towards the forefoot, and this feature is evident in the low-top New Balance 505. So in order to get the comfortable advantage of this sneaker, the brand recommends obtaining half a size bigger than any regular NB lifestyle silhouettes. This sneaker is available in men’s sizes in standard medium width. Sizing options are from 6 to 13 US.
The classic New Balance 505 is constructed with strong suede and canvas upper to withstand the abuses during skateboarding, which includes the abrasiveness of the grip tape on the boards. Its low-top profile in timeless design which is available in a variety of colorways can be paired with any casual wear
The vintage appeal of the New Balance 505 with a lacing system that run low that is almost a third of the forefoot offers a classic appeal with a striking resemblance with court shoes back in the day. The updated cover of the 1980s sneaker reinforced by protection in the toe, sole, heel, and sides of the shoe makes this model a got-to sneaker for skateboarding and daily use.
New Balance 505 belongs to the New Balance Numeric, a segment that focuses primarily on skate-specific shoes. This particular silhouette is a reflection of the 1970s and 1980s court classic which offers the traditional Blucher shoe construction where the forefoot is made of a single piece material. Almost around three decades later, the vintage-style shoe gets its reinforced form to withstand the skateboarding abuses.
Since the inception of the brand way, way back in 1906 as an arch support company and one of the world’s oldest sports shoe manufacturers, NB kept its strong reputation in delivering excellent craftsmanship. From orthopedic shoes, the brand branched out to making baseball, tennis and boxing shoes in the 1940s until it became extremely known for its premium-quality running shoes.
The 1980s runner models of this US-based company earned and retained heaps of loyal followers for many years. A few decades later, NB glided into the sneaker world, releasing retroes of its old-school classics, most of which were manufactured in its Boston factory in the US or in the brand’s Flimby facility in the UK.
It was in 2013 that New Balance stepped into the skateboarding scene and rounded up some of the notable riders around the world to form skate-specialized sneakers under the NB Numeric line. Among the young skateboarders who ignited the interest to this street sport are PJ Ladd, Arto Saari, Levi Brown, Tom Karangelov, Tyler Surrey, Tom Knox, Jordan Taylor, Marquise Henry, Jack Curtin, Marius Syvanen, Jake Hayes, and Jordan Trahan, among others.
Under the NB Numeric, the brand is able to produce skate shoes that reflect its strong commitment to fit, comfort, excellent quality. It was kicked off with the drop of the New Balance 891 which has the REVlite patented insole that offers comfort and stability. A couple of years later, as skate shoes became more refined to address the specific concerns of riders, NB introduced more low-top sneakers such as the New Balance 505 with an improved side panel protection and a cupsole cushioning feature.
- As opposed to a vulc shoe, the low-top New Balance 505 is constructed with cup soles.
- Cupsoles tend to last longer than its vulc alternative, however, due to its added cushioning that protect the foot during impacts and solid landings, this kind of shoe does not provide much flexibility and immediate board feel straight out of the box.
- The durable sole of this sneaker is glued to the upper and reinforced by stitching.
- The New Balance 505 features the proprietary NDurance rubber, which is made of hard-wearing components to withstand harsh elements during skateboarding and ultimately extends the lifespan of the outsole.
- This low-top sneaker has a full-length ABZORB insert which has the ability to distribute impact across a large area and reduces the amount of distress that go up to the heel and ankle areas.