Size and fit

Having a low-cut, well-padded collar, the New Balance 574 lets the ankles have full mobility and necessary support. Besides that, a traditional lace-up closure fastens up the flexible mesh/suede upper, providing the feet with a lockdown, custom fit. The NB 574 v2 sneakers are available to both sexes.

New Balance 574 v2 Style

New Balance has long since prioritized functionality and quality. However, that does not mean that the brand is a failure in terms of style. In fact, New Balance has an unmistakable style brought by, perhaps ironically, its sharp focus on functionality and quality. Without consciously striving for it, New Balance has achieved its signature vintage effortless look. Such is what the NB 574 v2 silhouette embodies.

With its straightforward, unpretentious look, the NB 574 v2 easily pairs up with a range of casual and sporty staple wear. It looks at home in jeans, trousers, joggers, sweatpants, chinos, shorts, and in any active daytime wear. Men can go for a tee-shirt, sweater, or a hoodie for a top. Women can be as stylish as they want. Comfy dresses, long skirts, and skimpy shorts happen to look so good with the NB 574 v2. This model comes in an assortment of colorways, which range from muted to almost flashy. For example, dark navy/marred blue, marblehead/black, vintage indigo/black, light cliff gey/mineral green, and more.

Notable Features

The 574 silhouette is the brand's most recognizable silhouette due to the heights of success it has reached. And it's not falling down in terms of popularity. If anything, the NB 574 sneakers prove to be more relevant than ever, as retros nowadays are getting stronger in the market and culture.

Though released over thirty years ago, the NB 574's staple looks, overall quality, and superb level of comfort remain among the best. This silhouette has conquered time and became the flagship model, on which New Balance invested.

New Balance 574 v2 History

In 1988, the 574 models, one of New Balance's most famous shoes, came out. The 574 was initially designed as a technical running shoe, a hybrid of the off-road runners 575's and 576's best components. (The New Balance 5 series was mostly dedicated to off-road runners.) Though the 574 is among the company's most successful shoes, the model wasn't promoted when it first started—no features on neither magazines nor televisions. The 574 was not even included in the company's catalog at the time but simply started turning up on the shelves.

Customers saw the 574 and loved it. The shoe's design was simple and straightforward. Its style was not subject to the loud trends at the time since the shoes looked neutral. Having an off-road running shoe DNA, the 574 was so comfortable to wear on any terrain that it became a go-to "go-anywhere shoe." The passing years made the underdog 574 into a classic that its design remain unchanged for fifteen years since its initial release. The 574 v2 is New Balance's update to this classic silhouette.

Additional Info

  • The removable EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) footbed delivers a bouncy cushioning underfoot and doesn't pack out with minimal wear.
  • A TPU heel insert, found above the ENCAP system, makes for a supportive and stable stride.
  • This NB model has a padded tongue and collar for extra comfort. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Dad
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 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.