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    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

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    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

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    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.


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    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

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    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

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We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Several runners love the perfect fit and stable ride of the New Balance 530 that runs true to size.
  • Majority of the shoe reviewers praised the color ways and overall look of the shoe that would go well with some of their outfits.
  • Numerous users find the firm midsole and cushioning of the NB 530 just right for the needed foot support.
  • Some reviewers like them because they would last for several years as long as it is used as a casual or lifestyle shoe.
  • Online commenters complimented the classic good looks and retro feel of this shoe which made them remember their running years in the 1990s.
  • Many buyers purchased these shoes for its affordable to budget-friendly pricing but do not undermine the quality of the product.
  • A good number of wearers love the comfort of the midsole foam and the foot bed as it is firm and durable yet provides maximum cushioning.
  • Particular buyers like the rubber outsole and suede upper detailing as it adds to the classic looks of the shoe.
  • The New Balance 530 continues the tradition of the brand by being simplistic yet striking and memorable in appearance says one blogger and sneaker reviewer.
  • One sneaker critic says it is good news that shoe interior has not changed apart from a few enhancements to retain its signature comfort like the ENCAP midsole and heel cushioning.
  • As a lifestyle sneaker, several users noted the color availability and the overall looks, give them a chance to mix and match the shoes to their outfit.
  • Various users claim the shoe is breathable and lightweight due to its mesh upper.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few customers commented that the shoe could be narrow so orders need to be a half-size larger for a snug and perfect fit.
  • Some buyers are disappointed that the 530 is only available in a medium fit as they would prefer their shoes wide.
  • One shoe user says that while it looks good, it could be difficult to clean when it gets muddied and wet.

Bottom line

Giving back life to the popular 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. The resurrection of the classic runner into a lifestyle sneaker has maintained the same quality that has endeared many runners to the good quality and performance of these popular kicks. It is a value for the money shoe that should be part of the rotation of many sneaker fans.


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New Balance 530 History

A resurrection of the popular 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 which was originally launched as a performance running shoe in 1992 or just around the time when the Boston-based shoe manufacturer was recovering from its sales slump in the late 1980s. It was a favorite among many sneaker heads 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.

Also used in the brand’s shoes such as the New Balance 530 is an ENCAP sole design technology which 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 new version of the New Balance 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 springy 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, New Balance Running, New Balance Textile, New Balance Re-engineered, New Balance Canvas Wax, New Balance Vazee, and New Balance Deconstructed.

New Balance 530 Style

Keeping up with the tradition of the All-American brand, the New Balance 530 retains the simplistic looks and memorable appearance of the 1990s running shoes with its good mix of suede leather and mesh materials in the upper and the modern rubber outsole and 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.

Fit &Sizing

New Balance shoes are well known for running true to fit and this has not been left out in the New Balance 530. Apart from its true fit sizing, the overall fit of the shoe is further kept in place by its classic lacing system which keeps the feet snugly to support various types of movement.  The New Balance 530 are available in men’s and women’s versions. Men’s size range from US size 8 to 14, women’s size range from US size 5 to 12. Shoe width is medium or D and B widths for the men and women.

Notable Features

For a running shoe with lots of patrons when it was first released, among the New Balance 530’s most notable feature are its classic good looks that are most fitting for a lifestyle shoe with its suede leather upper, well-placed mesh vents, and clearer N symbol that encourages back this running shoe patrons to hit the shops and buy this 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. An injection-molded EVA foam or IMEVA midsole also give it a firm midsole but retains a very flexible cushioning. This is topped by a rubber outsole for a good grip and traction.

Additional Info

  • Recent releases of the NB 530 line have introduced variants that include New Balance 530 Suede, New Balance 530, New Balance Running, New BalanceTextile, New Balance Re-engineered, New Balance Canvas Wax, New Balance Vazee, and New Balance Deconstructed.
  • American professional baseball player Evan Longoria has been a regular user and erstwhile endorser of the classic New Balance 530.
  • Other celebrities caught wearing 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.