Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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New Balance 574 Reflective History
Recognized best for high quality and high-performance running shoes, New Balance is one of the world’s oldest athletic shoemakers. The brand was founded all the way back in 1906, and has continued to enjoy a loyal following for decades. In recent years, New Balance has become a popular brand in the world of sneaker-collecting. Once thought of as just grandpas’ shoes, the brand’s line of retro classics has become among the most revered and sought after releases in sneaker collecting.
Rooted in New Balance’s rich heritage, the New Balance 574 debuted in 1988. It was created by combining 2 different New Balance shoes, and has been dubbed as the original “mashup.” The upper was constructed with either leather or suede in combination with nylon mesh. Not only was it designed for performance, it featured an attractive and vibrant look.
In 2003, the model was re-issued and has been very popular ever since. It is probably the most famous and the most loved among New Balance’s iconic sneakers and has become a symbol of originality and innovation.
Simple yet appealing, the New Balance 574 is regarded as the affordable entry into the world of New Balance retro classics.
New Balance 574 Reflective Style
The sneaker’s timeless suede and mesh upper materials create a polished style, while being firmly established in New Balance's uncompromising commitment to great quality. Utilizing great color blocking with different materials has given this iconic silhouette admirable longevity. For fans of street-savvy style, the streamlined construction and clean finish of the shoe easily makes the sneaker a great option to consider.
Although this version comes in a limited range of colorways, the ones it does offer appeal to the majority and are easy to pull off. They are mostly versatile and go well with a variety of outfits and colors. This stylish sneaker also comes with shiny reflective accents to the iconic logo “N” to the sides and heel tab.
Fit & Sizing
The shoe’s combination of suede and mesh upper affords a flexible fit. Overall, the shoe offers a narrower heel, a higher instep, a deeper toe box, and a wider forefoot than most conventional sneakers. This makes the sneaker a good fit to a wider range of consumers.
This edition comes in men’s sizes 6.5-18, both in regular (D) and wide (2E) width to ensure a customized fit. Women need to go down 1.5 sizes for their usual fit. The shoe generally runs true to size.
What immediately catches the eye, even in low light, is the reflective N logo on the sides of the shoe as well as the heel tab. This distinguishes the sneaker from the other diverse editions of the New Balance 574 model.
Aside from having a timeless appeal, the sneaker utilizes New Balance’s ENCAP midsole technology, providing optimal support and durability. Originally built for the outdoors, this modern favorite fits right into today’s trend of wearing the same pair of sneakers for both athletic activities and the usual day-to-day living.
- The original New Balance 574 was made with leftover materials from the 576 model and proved to be one of the brand’s most popular shoes – if not the most popular.
- It has a core of soft cushioning Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) with a sturdy polyurethane (PU) rim.
- For durable traction, the shoe features a solid carbon rubber outsole.