Our verdict

The retro looks of the New Balance 530 will make you feel like a time traveler. Even though its style comes from a very fashionable past, its comfort, breathability, durability and featherlight weight all meet today's sneakers standards. This running icon is back to conquer the streets, and most likely your heart, too. Wait, you haven't fallen in love with it yet? Then, let us tell you that it's value for money couldn't get any better!


  • Incredibly breathable
  • Comfortable firm but cushy midsole
  • Extremely lightweight with a padded interior
  • Durable outsole
  • Wide-feet friendly
  • Excellent value for money
  • NB's classic style
  • 90's retro and chunky vibe
  • A lot of colorways


  • Not for cold weather
  • Rubs against the toe
  • Could be grippier

Who should buy New Balance 530

From running to lifestyle, the New Balance 530 has been making a lot of noise. You should buy this retro New Balance sneaker if:

  • You are looking for an affordable tech-packed NB silhouette
  • You want a New Balance shoe with a classic look and retro feel
  • You are searching for an everyday shoe with the comfort of running footwear

New Balance 530 label

Who should NOT buy New Balance 530

If you find the NB 530 narrow, you can check out some of the available wide sneakers, like the New Balance 550. To ditch ankle discomfort, switch to NB2002R.

New Balance 530 name

Move steadily with the New Balance 530

We just love the stable ride of the New Balance 530. New Balance 530's ENCAP shoe technology involves a core of EVA or Ethylene Vinyl Acetate foam encapsulated within a shell of polyurethane, which supplies added stability and shock absorption.

New Balance 530 laces

Aside from its supportive technology, the overall fit of the New Balance 530 further kept our feet in place with its classic lacing system, which keeps the feet snug to support various types of movement.

New Balance 530 branding 

A plush running-inspired New Balance sneaker

Although we found the footbed to be quite firm, it's also very comfortable! 

New Balance 530 midsole

Aside from the ENCAP technology, an injection-molded EVA foam or IMEVA midsole material also gives New Balance 530 sneakers a firm midsole but retains a very flexible cushioning.

Years and years of wearing the NB 530

After numerous tests, we were not able to damage these sneakers. They are super durable as long as you stick to the casual use, of course.

New Balance 530 low cut

As light as air

At no point could we feel this sneaker weighing us down. It really feels lightweight. 

New Balance 530 mesh vents

Pairs well with lots of outfits

So many colorways - we wanted to get more than 1! It's the classic good looks and retro feel of this shoe that makes them so versatile.

New Balance 530 outsole