Verdict from 4 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Several purchasers are able to wear this for work as well as walking, cycling, and skateboarding without problems.
  • The NB 598 has received heaps of compliments for its simple and clean aesthetics.
  • Several users have confirmed that it is among the New Balance sneakers that are durable. 
  • The thick PU insole has offered reliable cushioning that has lasted longer than foam insoles, a reviewer has mentioned. 
  • The New Balance 598 is available in a wide array of colors.
  • A user has liked that this model has an elastic band just under the tongue that gave the shoe a snug fit and has kept the tongue in place.
  • Based on a couple of reviews, this skate shoe’s generously has a padded collar and tongue kept the feet protected from impacts.
  • Some colorways are sold at a discounted rate.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The NB 598 has required to be broken in for at least a week to get the right level of comfort and to get a nice board feels. 
  • One user has advised that this shoe is not recommended for skaters who are used to using thin, vulcanized-soled shoes as this sneaker is well-padded.
  • Some have revealed that the shoe felt a bit tight in the toe box.

Bottom line

Recently, the brand New Balance has decided to set its foot in the interesting world of technical skateboarding. The New Balance 598 is just one of the many creations they’ve recently put on the market.

Built to endure the heart-stopping stunts of the sport, this shoe boasts durability and quality. Not only that, but it is also considered versatile for its clean and simple look. Skaters, as well as sneaker enthusiasts, consider this as affordable and reliable everyday wear and skater shoe option.

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Good to know

Count on this sneaker, made with a mesh and suede upper, to provide the support you need to carry-out your skateboard stunts and tricks. The New Balance 598 commonly has a narrow fit. With this has said, it is recommended for buyers to purchase a pair that is at least a half size larger than their usual choice. This is available in men’s sizing.

Skaters in need of kicks that have a classic, fashion-forward look, solidly-built and well-cushioned yet breathable can now turn to New Balance to find what they are looking for.

The NB 598’s sleek and stylish look pairs well with a variety of clothing including shorts and jeans, tees and hoodies. Skaters are also assured that their feet are well-protected when they perform their ollies and flips since the shoe’s tongue and collar are generously padded. To top it off, this casual sneaker is lined with breathable mesh, so feet can stay cool and comfy all day.  

Known for its retro look, the New Balance 598’s are available in attractive neutral and brightly-colored hues that stand out. This low-top sneaker is also noticed for its rubber cupsole. Depending on the colorway, the outsole can be made of either N-Durance® rubber compound or Genuine Gum rubber. Both are popular for their grip and durability.

For years, avid New Balance fans have been asking the brand to design and develop skate shoes. Acclaimed for manufacturing top-grade and technologically advanced yet inexpensive footwear for running, supporters of the brand, wanted to see the same tech and quality applied to modern-day skate footwear.

In response, this popular brand created the NB Numeric, which serves as New Balance's skate division. Their mission is to design and develop the best skate shoes possible while remaining loyal to the brand's roots.

Aiming to bring the same comfort, durability, and quality NB’s runners are known to skate shoes, the brand decided to revamp its most popular brands, the New Balance 998 included.

The NB 998 is considered as the most popular among NB’s retro models. It is mainly distinguished by its small “N” logo with reflective backing, a mesh/suede upper as well as its thick and well-cushioned ABZORB midsole. Later on, this iconic shoe’s features were slimmed down and re-engineered to be skate-worthy, leading to the creation of the NB 598.

This iteration was released in 2016. Since then, it has been outfitted in various materials and stunning colors. It also remains to be well-liked by the skater community.

  • Similar to the NB 998 runner, this shoe also flaunts the iconic “N” logo lined with reflective material for better visibility at night.
  • The closed-cell polyurethane (PU) inserts improve this sneaker’s fit as well as impact protection capability. These insoles are removable.
  • Embedded within this round-toe lifestyle shoe is an internal toe protection system. This enhances the sneaker’s durability.
  • Its midsole is equipped with the Innovative REVlite tech. This makes the shoe lighter. It also offers durability and premium responsiveness.
  • The weight of this model in size 11 is 312 grams.


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