Verdict from 24 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A reviewer is impressed by the classic look of the New Balance 574 Mid sneaker.
  • With a mid-top silhouette, it offers excellent foot and ankle support that is deeply appreciated by some wearers. 
  • Some users regard this kind of NB sneakers as a beautifully-designed shoe with a timeless and classic look.
  • A couple of reviewers say that the interiors of the shoe felt cozy with ample cushioning at the bottom.
  • The New Balance 574 Mid shoes have affordable pricing, a couple of reviewers noted.
  • A reviewer recommends the product due to its durability.
  • The thick rubber soles have excellent traction, a few reviewers noted.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of people think it has a narrow fit.
  • One reviewer says that the women's 574 mid-cut shoe by New Balance is bulky and a tad heavy.

Bottom line

Showcasing a heritage running silhouette of the NB 574 shoe, the New Balance 574 Mid sneakers deliver a timeless style and uncompromising durability.

The mid-top sneaker comes with an ENCAP cushioning that promises support, durability, and responsive cushioning. While some had issues on its bulky appearance, many still were satisfied with the premium look and feel of the shoe sold at an affordable price point.

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Good to know

The New Balance 574 Mid-cut casual shoes generally run true to size. It has ample cushioning at the interior while a snug fit is achieved using a lace-up system. It is offered in women’s and men’s sizing.

A timeless sneaker like the women’s New Balance 574 Mid-cut sneaker is versatile in styling up with casual clothes. A shoe belonging to NB’s lifestyle sneaker range, its heritage design allows for wearers to mix and match their shoes with their current wardrobe. Some popular colorways of this New Balance 574 Mid shoe include New Balance mid-cut in orange and blue, black, Himalayan pink and the other iterations. Wear some loose-fitting shirts, polos, and dress shirts to achieve a smart casual look that never goes out of style and remains trendy until today.

Prominent and noteworthy in the design of the New Balance 574 Mid-cut shoes includes its ENCAP cushioning technology that offers responsive feel, ample cushioning, and durability. The EVA sole with a rubber material at the bottom assures of the product’s lightweight feel and awesome construction.

Keeping its “Endorsed by No One” philosophy intact since the beginning, New Balance continues to offer new designs that promise durability and performance in thousands of shoes it sells and manufactures each year.  This is a huge leap from its beginnings as the New Balance Arch Company in Massachusetts in 1906. British immigrant William J. Riley founded the company which first produced arch support and orthopedic support.

The company a few years later would start producing orthopedic and running shoes in the 1930s. The company has also catered to athletes wanting more customization into their running shoes.  By the 1950s, the company began rolling out its Trackster running shoes which were initially used by college and university athletes. However, it kept its philosophy of not sponsoring athletes or engaging them in advertisements. Instead, the company focused on improving their shoe portfolio banking on technology to improve running performance.

In the 1970s, the brand further gained fame in the competitive running circle when they were featured in the Runner’s World magazine as the brand behind the best running shoe of the world in October 1988. The shoe that became an instant hit was the New Balance 320 running shoes. Some other designs of the brand also entered the Top 10 running shoes listing.

The New Balance 574 shoes came out in 1988 at the time when the recreational and fitness running activities were at its peak in the United States. It was an advanced running shoe with a noteworthy design that is patterned after the New Balance 576 and 575 designs. It also used the ENCAP cushioning system delivering long-lasting comfort and cushioning.

  • The New Balance 574 Mid has an EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) foam midsole and heel for comfort.
  • ENCAP® midsole cushioning technology provides support and maximum durability.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.