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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Most positive comments focused on the good quality of materials, sturdy construction, and overall look of the New Balance 597 Leather.
  • A good number of customers noted how easy it is to clean the upper’s leather material by wiping off dust and dirt.
  • Although heavier than the original New Balance 597, some reviewers claimed the added weight of the leather material is negligible as the shoe remains lightweight.
  • Several users disclosed that the REVlite material in the sole is still a reliable and comfortable soft cushioning for this former track shoe.
  • Padded sockliner according to some loyal New Balance fans remain soft and cushiony for a comfortable in-shoe feel.
  • Significant number of commenters noted that the vintage style of the shoe makes it pleasing to the eye and blends well with different casual clothing.
  • Perforations at the front upper keep the shoe cool for all-day wearing, a few people posted.
  • Some buyers observed that the smooth leather finish gives the new Balance 597 leather a premium look.
  • Single solid colorway of the sneaker’s upper are what convinced some buyers to purchase this lifestyle leather sneaker.
  • The thick rubber sole according to some customers provides good grip and traction and doesn’t easily wear out.

3 reasons not to buy

  • While the shoes’ length seemed fine, many customers complained that the width of the shoe is narrow making it uncomfortable if they did not go half to one-size higher.
  • Some users think the leather silhouette of the New Balance 597 Leather is bulkier than the original version.
  • A commenter was bothered that the leather sneakers showed signs of creasing after a few weeks of use.

Bottom line

This all-leather take on this former speedster sneaker is best known for its quality materials and sturdy build.  With a reasonable price of a little more than $90  per pair, this all-leather take on the classic runner comes with the comfort and lightweight character of a cushioned REVlite sole that reminds people that this once performance running shoe remains a dependable footwear in terms of comfort and responsiveness. An added bonus to the sneaker comfort is the tough rubber sole and perforated front for a well-ventilated shoe. While the shoe runs a bit narrow, it molds well to the feet with the soft padded cushioning that protects the heel and toe.


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New Balance 597 Leather History

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.

New Balance 597 Leather Style

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.

Fit & Sizing

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 also comes in medium-D width for men. The shoe size ranges from US size 6 to 13 for men.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.