Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A large percentage of the reviewers described the overall feel of the New Balance 574 Reflective as comfortable.
  • Many of its users commented on the sneaker’s stylish looks.
  • The shoe fits well, many of the reviewers observed.
  • One user commented on the good durability of the sneaker.
  • The available colorways are all nice, a couple of reviewers remarked.
  • The shoe is excellently priced, considering its high quality, a couple of fans delightfully deduced.
  • A reviewer remarked on the great foot support the sneaker provides.
  • A couple commented that the sneaker can be worn every day as a go-to shoe.
  • The sneaker offers excellent traction, one user observed.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the reviewers are dismayed that the shoe runs small, smaller than other New Balance sneakers.
  • A few complained that the shoe is too narrow, particularly in the toe box.
  • The red colorway is not as vivid as advertised, a reviewer expressed dissatisfaction.
  • A user observed that the toe box becomes sloppy over time.

Bottom line

The New Balance 574 Reflective is a clean and classic choice for those who want comfortable and stylish sneaker. Since the company’s inception, the shoe’s classic silhouette is one of the brand’s most recognizable models.

It has an impressive running heritage and is part of the brand’s “classic” line. Besides allowing a flexible fit, the combination of suede and mesh construction for the shoe’s upper lends the shoe a polished silhouette that has endured over the years.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.


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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.