Facts

  • Top
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $80
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Summary

We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Purchasers were able to wear this for work as well as walking, cycling and skateboarding without problems.
  • The NB 598 received heaps of compliments for its simple and clean aesthetics.
  • Several users confirmed that the shoe was durable. Others added that the cupsole in this model was strong and grippy. It also provided good impact absorption.
  • The thick PU insole offered reliable cushioning that lasted longer than foam insoles, a reviewer mentioned. One wearer also revealed that these insoles provided good heel lock.
  • The New Balance 598 is available in a wide array of colors.
  • A user liked that this model had an elastic band just under the tongue that gave the shoe a snug fit and kept the tongue in place.
  • Based on a couple of reviews, this skate shoe’s generously padded collar and tongue kept the feet protected from impacts.
  • Some colorways are sold at a discounted rate.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A good deal of purchasers noted that the shoe’s size runs at least .5 up to a full size smaller than their usual choice.
  • The NB 598 required to be broken in for at least a week to get the right level of comfort and to get a nice board feel. Some confirmed that the shoe felt stiff during the break-in period.
  • One user 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 revealed that the shoe felt a bit tight in the toe box.

Bottom line

Recently, the brand New Balance has decided to set their foot in the interesting world of technical skateboarding. The NB 598 is just one among 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, it is also considered versatile for its clean and simple look. Sold at $80, skaters, as well as sneaker enthusiasts, consider this as an affordable and reliable everyday wear and skater shoe option.

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New Balance 598 History

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 New Balance Numeric. This serves as the brand’s skate division which started in Boston. 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 for 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.

New Balance 598 Style

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.

Fit & Sizing

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 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 sizes 6-13, Medium D width.

Notable Features

Known for its retro look, the NB 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.

Additional Info

  • 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 14oz.