Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $90
Show more facts

Rankings

The New Balance 597 Leather has a snug fit that is kept secured by tonal flat lacing. The collar and tongue has soft padding for a comfortable fit and in-shoe feel that lasts all day. The retro lifestyle sneaker comes in sizes for men.

The monochromatic colorways of the New Balance 597 Leather gives it a clean and premium feel that reflects the sneaker’s latest evolution. The solid colors of the leather upper with perforation in the front are finished with New Balance logo and branding details and tonal laces giving it a sturdy feel. Popular colorways of this leather kicks are the all-white, all-black, and burgundy colors. Its stylish silhouette makes it easy to mix and match with different clothes including pants and shorts.

This all-leather men’s shoe has its retro silhouette as its main feature.  It comes with a premium leather with cushiony textile lining that stirs nostalgia of the classic runner. With a REVlite midsole, this lifestyle sneaker can be relied upon when looking for a responsive and durable sneaker that is comparable with other performance foam cushioning. Finishing this feature is the tough rubber sole for maximum grip and traction.

New Balance as a footwear manufacturer started in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Company.  The company focused on manufacturing arch support and orthopedic shoes for several decades focusing on this small niche market which rarely went out of state.

The shoe company only went full blast in manufacturing running shoes in the 1970s when it was bought by Jim Davis and started to get noticed in running circles and eventually getting media attention from running magazines. The homegrown American shoe company was able to further reach new heights by providing exclusive apparel to athletes during the height of the running craze in the 1970s to 1980s but still remaining true to their no star endorsements policy stressing the importance of quality over the hype of star players endorsing the shoes.

As a result of this staying on track by focusing on shoe quality and design, the company was able to produce the best running shoes in the world. Among the shoes that made a mark during the 1980s was the New Balance Court 597 which rocked the “N” logo designed by Terry Heckler and has captured audiences from adults, young adults and kids.

While these are just some of the popular designs of the American shoemaker, many designs of New Balance remained competitive mainly because of its use of new technology and materials for their products.  The New Balance 597 Leather features a premium leather upper with tonal lacing. Its main feature includes a responsive REVlite midsole that makes this running shoe turned casual sneaker as comfortable as ever.

In 2011, the company came up with the springy foam material REVlite that is exceptionally lightweight and used in most of their running shoes intended for marathons and long distance runs or simply for comfortable strolls and walks.

  • Perforations and soft padding are located in the collar and front upper for that great in-shoe comfort and breathability.
  • New Balance’s signature ‘N’ branding is located at the side panels while the brand’s name are stitched at the back heel and tongue.
  • Shoe has removable insole for easy removal and replacement of orthotic inserts for users that need additional arch support.

Comparison