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Verdict from 9 hours of research from the internet

9 reasons to buy

  • Several runners love the stable ride of the New Balance 530.
  • The majority of the shoe reviewers praise the colorways of the shoe that would go well with some of their outfits.
  • Numerous users find the firm and cushioned midsole and footbed of the NB 530 comfortable.
  • Some reviewers like them because they would last for several years as long as it is used as a casual or lifestyle shoe.
  • Online reviews of the 530 by New Balance note how commenters compliment the classic good looks and retro feel of this shoe. 
  • Many buyers purchase these shoes for their affordable to budget-friendly pricing.
  • One sneaker critic says it is good news that the shoe's interior still retains its signature comfort like the ENCAP midsole and heel cushioning.
  • Various users claim the shoe is lightweight.
  • Its mesh upper is breathable, according to some reviews. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few customers comment that the shoe could feel narrow.
  • One person complains that a small ridge inside the shoe rubs against the toe.

Bottom line

Giving back life to the favorite running shoes of the 1990s, the retro looks of the New Balance 530, is a testament to the brand’s commitment for well-built shoes that remain true to their promise of superior comfort, a perfect fit, better cushioning and durability to last for years.

This resurrected classic runner turned lifestyle sneaker maintains the same quality that has endeared many runners. The New Balance 530 sneakers are a value-for-money purchase that should be part of the rotation of many sneaker fans.

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Apart from its right-sizing, the overall fit of the New Balance 530 is further kept in place by its classic lacing system which keeps the feet snugly to support various types of movement. Most reviews of the New Balance 530 show on feet observers enjoying every step they take on the comfy sneaker.

The NB 530 sneaker also adapts well to the shape of the feet and remains comfortable for narrow, medium, to full feet configurations. 

Keeping up with the tradition of the All-American brand, the New Balance 530 retains the simple looks and memorable appearance of the 1990s running shoes with its excellent mix of suede leather and mesh materials in the upper and the smooth rubber outsole and New Balance 530 ENCAP midsole cushioning. All these materials combined give the shoe the needed flexibility and fit without sacrificing breathability.

As a finishing touch, the iconic New Balance branding of a larger “N” symbol in contrasting color for added visibility completes the shoes’ look that is more pronounced and cool as a fashion statement and as a lifestyle sneaker.

Styling the New Balance 530 sneaker is never a difficult task as its various colorways allow for fashion-conscious sneakerheads experimenting with their clothes.  Here are styling tips and suggestions for men and women:

  For Men

The New Balance 530 men’s sneakers in black, blue, white, and the New Balance 530 drenched in grey colorways are versatile colorways to match khakis and chinos as well as denim jeans.  Wearers of this versatile running sneaker may opt to pair these with either short or long pants depending on their tastes. Casual clothes like a loose-fitting shirt, hoodie, or jacket would suit the men’s New Balance 530 sneaker handsomely.

  For Women

The women’s New Balance 530 sneakers in red, burgundy, white, and black colorways are adaptable with every female’s casual clothes. Wear them with jeans and a t-shirt,  jogging pants and sweatshirts, track pants and a hoodie and you’ll never look awkward as the laidback aesthetics exudes a retro running vibe reminiscent of the recreational running boom in the US in the 1980s to 1990s.

For a running shoe with lots of patrons when it was first released, among the New Balance 530s most notable features are its classic good looks that are most fitting for a lifestyle shoe. The New Balance 530 with its suede leather upper, well-placed mesh vents, and clearer N symbol encourages running shoe patrons to hit the shops and buy these retro shoes.

Aside from its classic good looks, the shoe doesn’t fall short on new technology as it features an ENCAP midsole technology for reliable support and maximum durability. New Balance 530’s ENCAP shoe technology involves a core of EVA or Ethylene Vinyl Acetate foam encapsulated within a shell of polyurethane for added stability and shock absorption. Aside from the ENCAP technology, an injection-molded EVA foam or IMEVA midsole material also give New Balance 530 sneakers a firm midsole but retains a very flexible cushioning. The upgraded midsole is also covered by a rubber outsole for a good grip and traction.

A resurrection of the favorite running shoe of the early 1990s, the New Balance 530 silhouette remains true to its origins featuring a flat and smooth leather upper with mesh vents and netting for a lightweight stride and comfortable cushioning.

The New Balance 530 was initially launched as a performance running shoe in 1992. Around the time when the Boston-based shoe manufacturer was recovering from its sales slump in the late 1980s, the sneaker emerged as a formidable running shoe model. The NB 530 running shoe was a favorite among many sneakerheads for its simplistic design yet memorable appearance combining the classic looks of suede leather and mesh with superior materials like ENCAP midsole, ABZORB heel cushioning, and superior rubber outsole for traction and stability.

New Balance, since its establishment in 1906, has been known for investing huge on research, design and new technology. The latest among these technologies is the 3D printed midsoles of New Balance shoes. With the use of 3D printing, structures can be optimized to put as little material possibly where the runner uses the shoe. With these design character, New Balance in its more than 100 years of existence became known for their flexibility and strength, weight and durability.

  New Balance 530 tech and iterations

Also used in the brand’s shoes such as the New Balance 530 is an ENCAP sole design technology that allows shoe designers to encapsulate a specially formulated EVA wedge in a polyurethane providing the needed stability without discounting cushioning. The ABZORB heel cushioning, meantime, is an isoprene rubber made after collaborating with chemical manufacturer DuPont.

Further improving on their use of modern technology, New Balance in 2013 introduced Fresh Foam in their shoe materials and is now widely used in their newer designs including the latest versions of the NB 530.

Fresh Foam is the ultimate refinement of materials made in running shoe manufacturing. It is comprised of an EVA compound and adjusted the chemical properties to achieve flexible and stable foam that gives stability and superior cushioning.

Since its reintroduction, variations in the New Balance 530 line have been released in recent years that include New Balance 530 Suede, New Balance 530 Summer Waves, New Balance 530 Running, New Balance 530 Leather Textile, New Balance 530 Re-Engineered, New Balance 530 Canvas Wax, New Balance 530 Vazee, and New Balance 530 Deconstructed.

  • American professional baseball player Evan Longoria has been a regular user and endorser of the classic men’s New Balance 530.
  • Other celebrities spotted wearing the New Balance 530s, and other shoes of the brand include Ashley Tisdale, Adam Levine, Ben Affleck, Kendrick Lamar and even musician-turned-shoe designer Kanye West.

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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.