Who should buy New Balance 574 v2

The NB 574 v2 is great for those who:

  • suffer from foot issues since it is painless to wear
  • appreciate sneakers with vintage design
  • are looking for a lightweight and breathable shoe for the summer season

New Balance 574 v2 label

Who should NOT buy New Balance 574 v2

You should get the New Balance 515 instead if you want a sneaker that is comfortable right out of the box. The New Balance XC72 is also the better option if you want a grippy lifestyle shoe.

New Balance 574 v2 logo

Go anywhere with the comfy 574 v2

Comfort-wise, the New Balance Classics 574 v2 is a standout, according to hundreds of testers. Having an off-road running shoe DNA, the 574 v2 is so comfortable to wear on any terrain that it has become a go-to "go-anywhere shoe" for many customers. 

The padded tongue and collar found on this sneaker also provide extra comfort.

New Balance 574 v2 padded collar

Waiting for the NB 574 v2 to break in is worth it

While the New Balance 574 v2 is undeniably comfortable, several customers express that the NB Classics 574 v2 needs to be broken in as it feels stiff, especially in the toe area.

Great for those with foot issues

A handful of users with issues—such as neuropathy, chronic pain syndrome, and foot injuries—express that the NB 574 v2 feels painless to wear. The shoe has remarkable arch support and cushioning, which aids those who suffer from foot conditions.

New Balance 574 v2 footbed

The removable EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) footbed, which delivers a bouncy cushioning underfoot and doesn't pack out with minimal wear, also allows wearers to put insoles if they need to. 

The New Balance 574 v2 has a timeless style

New Balance has achieved its signature vintage effortless look without consciously striving for it. The majority of shoppers note that the NB 574 v2 looks vintage, timeless, and versatile.

This model comes in an assortment of colorways, which range from muted to almost flashy. Many buyers say they like this wide range of colorways and plan on scooping another pair in different colors. 

New Balance 574 v2 laces

The shoe's design was simple. Its style was not subject to the loud trends at the time since the shoes looked neutral. With its straightforward, unpretentious look, the NB 574 v2 easily pairs up with a range of casual and sporty staple wear.

With its overall design, some customers share getting several compliments on their first day of wearing the NB 574 v2.

This sneaker will provide a stable and well-supported stride

Several wearers mention that the NB 574 v2 is lightweight, which makes it great for walking.

New Balance 574 v2 midsole

A TPU heel insert above the ENCAP system makes for a supportive and stable stride.

No to sweaty feet

A few users say the NB 574 v2 is perfect for the summer season.

New Balance 574 v2 breathable

It's best to avoid wet surfaces

A small group of users observes that the outsole doesn't grip well on wet surfaces.

New Balance 574 v2 outsole

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance 574, New Balance ENCAP
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Summer, Spring

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Danny McLoughlin

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.