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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    $80
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New Balance 574 Backpack History

New Balance came into being in 1906 in Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded by British immigrant William J. Riley, who wanted to sell arch supports that improve the fit of shoes. These products had a three-point design inspired by a chicken’s foot, which Riley observed gave the animals excellent balance. This is how Riley came up with the name “New Balance.”

In 1927, Riley met and hired Arthur Hall as a company salesman. He became a business partner later, finding much success in selling arch supports to people who stood a lot during their workdays, such as firefighters and the police. In the 1930s, the brand began to manufacture athletic kicks. Following this landmark change of direction, the company started to develop a loyal following of athletes.

In 1956, the business passed to Hall's daughter, Eleanor, along with her husband Paul Kidd, who decided to buy the company. The company released the Trackster, illustrating an innovative streak with the shoe's first-of-its-kind rippled sole. College sports teams used the sneaker, and its popularity grew through word-of-mouth. Its release transformed New Balance into a reliable name in the world of running.

Despite the boom in sales, New Balance stood by its principle of not sponsoring an athlete or sports team. Instead, the brand wanted to be recognized purely for the quality of its kicks. By the 1960s, the company had shifted its focus on athletic shoes, letting go of its marketing strategy directed towards arch supports.

In the 1970s, running became a favorite activity, which went on from the 1980s and onward. As a result, the production of athletic and running kicks became a multi-million-dollar industry, which New Balance benefited from.     

In 1988, the brand once again released a landmark shoe, the New Balance 574. It was a hybrid of the 575 and 576 models, lifting the best from both to create a modern running-inspired sneaker. Since then, the 574 has been hailed as one of the brand’s most iconic silhouettes. It has also been re-released in different versions to offer updated designs. One such edition is the New Balance 574 Backpack.

This shoe celebrates the enduring stylish appeal and high-quality materials of the 574. The New Balance Backpack 574 offers the brand’s signature ENCAP technology for an ultra-cushioned midsole. Along with lightweight support, this sneaker comes in retro-inspired colorways reminiscent of the colorful fashion trends of the 1980s and 1990s.

New Balance 574 Backpack Style

The low-top New Balance 574 Backpack collection comes in several colorways including Vanilla with Mineral Sage, Moroccan Tile with Conch Shell, Burgundy with White, and Black with White. These retro color selections give the shoe a timeless appeal. As such, the sneaker would pair well with a variety of casual get-ups. Denim, in particular, would match well with the shoe's throwback vibe. 

Overalls or pinafores, jeans, shorts, and skirts made with denim material would show off the model’s old-school appeal. Denim or bomber jackets would complete the vintage look. Athleisure outfits would also go well with these sporty kicks, such as joggers, leggings, track pants, and sweatshirts. The New Balance classic 574 Backpack shoes are also ideal for the summer season.   

Fit & Sizing

Women’s sizes ranging from 5-12 are offered for the New Balance 574 Backpack sneaker. Men’s sizes are also available. It comes in standard and wide options for the width. It fits true to size. Its synthetic and textile upper provides a durable and dependable fit for the foot. The fit could also be adjusted by the lace-up closure, while the ankle can move freely with the sneaker's low-top design.

Notable Features

A classic running silhouette is featured on the 574 Backpack from New Balance. Textile and synthetic materials were used on the upper. A speckled design is featured on the laces, giving the shoe an added sporty flair. The lace-up also matches the color of the upper for a seamless appeal. Its rounded toe offers a classic touch, while stitch detailing is also found all over the upper.

The New Balance “N” logo is stitched on the lateral sides, while the brand name is found on the heel. Additional branding includes the NB detail near the heel, along with the ENCAP label on the midsole. The NB 574 label on the tongue adds a touch of vintage branding.  

Additional Info

  • This shoe features ENCAP midsole technology that offers premium support and maximum durability.
  • The EVA foam midsole and heel delivers a well-cushioned feel.
  • Its rubber outsole ensures a durable and supportive ride.
  • The tongue and collar are well-padded for additional comfort.

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