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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.

Good to know

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.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

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.

Good to know

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.


We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of consumers admires the more dressed-up style of these sneakers.
  • Several users who were able to wear these sneakers all day did not have complaints. More so, users highly commend its comfort.
  • One user dramatically appreciates the roomy toe box.
  • Because of the neutral colorways of the NB 574 Shattered Pearl, it can easily be paired with different outfits and can be dressed up or down, whatever the situation calls for.
  • One loved the 574s, and the Shattered Pearl pack so much that she availed three pairs.
  • The color gradient detailing on the back and the sparkly “N” logo create charming accents to the shoe.
  • A few reviewers commented that for the quality of the shoe, New Balance offers an excellent price for these sneakers.
  • One online commenter noted that the 574 Shattered Pearl has a high-quality construction.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several users mentioned that the sneakers' color on the website is different from real-life.
  • One tester noted that the silhouette of the shoe looks bulky because of the use of various materials.
  • A reviewer felt disappointed that these sneakers need to be broken in, unlike her other sneakers that can be worn without problems.

Bottom line

The New Balance 574 Shattered Pearl is the brands’ modern, more luxurious, and more feminine interpretation to the classic 574 sneakers. Coming from an ingenious combination of two sneakers, this retro silhouette gets current updates through its metallic accents that provide a girlier appeal to the overall look of the shoe. Users particularly love the Shattered Pack because of its versatility. Moreover, the Abzorb and EVA midsole backs up the comfort of these sneakers making it suitable for every day and all day wear.


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New Balance 574 Shattered Pearl History

Despite being an underdog compared to brands like Nike and Adidas, New Balance was one of the first companies entering the footwear industry. Although it started as a company that specializes in arch support and prescription footwear, it delved into the sports industry with the same commitment to prioritizing function and style.

Following the mantra “Endorsed by No One,” New Balance stands out from its competitors by not conforming to the footwear industry conventions. Existing for over a century and maintaining its prominent status, New Balance proves that it can withstand the hardest test of all, which is time. From starting as a small company that only offers specialized products, the brand now expanded into offering lifestyle and athletic footwear.

One of the brand’s most iconic shoe silhouettes is the 574, released in 1988. The sneaker carried the brand’s signature ENCAP cushioning system to enhanced comfort and protection, making it an advanced running shoe of its time. Offered at a lower price point, the 574s captured the masses. Re-released in 2003, the 574 now comes in various colorways, and premium versions are available as well because of the Made in USA customization option and series of collaborations.  

New Balance 574 Shattered Pearl Style

Although the 1988 initial release come in a more low-priced range, the comeback of the 574s in Shattered Pearl is designed with a more luxe and modern appeal. This new breed of sneakers incorporates a shattered pearl metallic accent on the heel and “N” logo.

The 574 Shattered Pearl offers three colorway options-- Angora with Faded Rose, Magnet with Black and Black with Magnet, all presenting an upgrade on anyone’s casual look. With this neutral colorway selection, these sneakers can be quickly be dressed up or down and can be worn on almost any occasion.

Fit & Sizing

The New Balance 574 Shattered Pearl come in women’s sizes ranging from 5-12. Standard and wide and half size options are available for higher chances of availing an ideal fit. Although most of the users claim that these fit true to size, a high number of reviewers also note that these run narrow, despite the wide sizes. Going half a size up is recommended. These sneakers come in a traditional lace-up closure with padded tongue and collar for a more snug and secure fit.

Notable Features

The feminine appeal of the New Balance 574 Shattered Pearl is backed up with features that makes it ultra-comfortable. It features the brand’s signature Abzorb cushioning, a foam-based polymer, that scatters the force and lessens the impact placed on the body. Combined with this is the EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate), which is incorporated on the midsole for more superior cushioning.  

Additional Info

  • The New Balance 574 Shattered Pearl includes a textured rubber outsole for enhanced grip and traction.
  • The upper of these shoes come in a combination of textile and suede increased durability.