Who should buy the New balance 574 Sport

Grab a New Balance 574 Sport pair if you're a true blue fan of NB 547 sneakers. If not, still consider buying this if: 

  • you are on a hunt for an affordable summer-ready sneaker
  • sporty kick covered in fashionable hue is what you've been looking for
  • you prefer an all-rounder kick that is light on the feet
  • sneakers with soft cushioning please you

New Balance 574 Sport tongue collar

Who should NOT buy it

The NB 574 Sport's rigid EVA midsole might feel weird if you prefer footwear with a flexible outsole. Alternatively, you can consider checking the Pebble Sport or New Balance 327, as these are known to have outsoles that are bendable.

New Balance 574 Sport N logo

New Balance 574 Sport: The fresh update of a classic

The classic New Balance 574 has been repackaged into a more lifestyle-appropriate version dubbed the 574 Sport. Like most New Balance Sport variations, the 574 Sport version took the core details of its predecessor and updated it with sleeker and more contemporary details for better comfort, style, and quality. As an update, the NB 574 Sport has a single-piece bootie ankle collar, streamlined toe box, and was inserted with the cushy Fresh Foam cushioning. 

New Balance 574 Sport top view of collar

Next-level comfort for hours

Aside from its modified form, comfort is another element in which this sneaker truly shines. This updated profile takes on the ultra-soft Fresh Foam cushioning technology in the sole, New Balance's response to the Adidas Boost. This element absorbs shock while providing a pillowy ride on the streets. And to avoid inward rolling of the feet, NB added EVA foam in the heel and the innovative ABZORB property.

New Balance 574 Sport ABZORB heel

Trendy and sporty

Displaying an appropriate modern-day style, many adore how this sneaker fits to be their daily beater. It can be quickly taken to the streets anytime, with its versatile look and trendy colorways. Choose among its plethora of colors that may match your taste.

New Balance 574 Sport midfoot

Light on feet

Consistent with its running heritage, New Balance 574 Sport feels light on the feet and will never give a dragging-down sensation.

New Balance 574 Sport side view of collar

Easy to wear with different outfits

Rock this pair with unlimited outfit combinations, such as shorts, skinny jeans, tapered chinos, and khakis. Wear the NB 574 Sport to your business activities, running errands, intercity trips, lunch outs, date nights, and many more.

New Balance 574 Sport side view of toe box

Easy on the pocket

Although it is 8% pricier than the average New Balance sneaker, the New Balance 574 Sport is a great buy considering all its remarkable features.

New Balance 574 Sport heel tab

Sticky on various surfaces

This sneaker features toothed outsoles meant to keep the feet from slipping when used indoors and outdoors.

New Balance 574 Sport rubber outsole forefoot


Featuring a one-piece upper, it is covered with either a fusion of suede and mesh or a combo of synthetic and mesh.

New Balance 574 Sport breathable toe box

It can be put on quickly

New Balance updated its classic New Balance 574 with a single-piece upper. This detail offers a sock-like entry that makes it quicker to slide this sneaker on and off our feet. However, since some complained about its blister-former heel, it is highly suggested to wear socks, especially during the first few days.

New Balance 574 Sport laces

Origin of the New Balance 574 Sport

New Balance 574 is considered the most popular silhouette of the brand, marketed initially as a trainer. This shoe was born in the era when competitive and recreational running was a widespread phenomenon and when jogging was a fad.

Between the 1980s and 1990s, the running shoe collection of New Balance became even more prominent in and out of the running circuits. The New Balance 574, considered an advanced runner back in the day, became a well-favored silhouette due to its functional properties.

Another plus factor of the NB 574 is its availability in a range of vibrant colorways and materials that drew widespread attention from loyal supporters. Testimonials about the shoe's comfort and the brand's attention to detail helped boost the popularity of this model as racers, and running enthusiasts themselves were the ones advocating the New Balance 574 in their favorite variations.

By the time the New Balance 574 was reissued in 2003, this shoe had evolved into many color palettes obtainable in a fusion of full leather, mesh, or supple suede. Its original colorways, premium versions, and exclusive releases attracted sneaker enthusiasts making it a staple in lifestyle footwear.

New Balance 574 Sport ABZORB

Facts / Specs

Base model: New Balance 574
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance 574, New Balance Abzorb, New Balance Fresh Foam
Closure: Laces, Slip-on
Designed by: Steven Smith

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