We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance 420 70s Running feels great and is comfortable on the feet, according to some of the buyers.
  • What the majority of buyers like most about this sneaker is its stylish and retro look.
  • This shoe can easily be availed at a budget-friendly price.
  • Some buyers are pleased that this shoe arrives as expected and looks exactly as pictured.
  • One reviewer is pleased that the grip of this shoe is nice.
  • A few number of reviewers comment that they get many compliments with this shoe on.
  • Many are impressed that this shoe is lightweight while providing sufficient support.
  • Some note that the materials of this shoe are very durable and easy to clean.
  • Many buyers say that this shoe has a great fit.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several commenters note that the New Balance 420 70s Running is a tight and narrow shoe, especially in the toe box.
  • According to one reviewer, this shoe has much less padding than other shoes out on the market today.
  • One user comments that the breathability of this shoe is not great.
  • This shoe has minimal arch support, as mentioned by a number of buyers.

Bottom line

The New Balance 420 70s Running is an overall great lifestyle shoe that is based on the iconic New Balance 420. It is lightweight, but unlike some lightweight shoes on the market today, this has sufficient foot support.

It has the functionality of a running shoe along with the on-trend style and retro yet sporty look that most consumers look for in sneakers today. It is also affordable, which is a plus for most consumers.


Base model: New Balance 620
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA
Price: $75
Colorways: Blue, Green, Pink
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A top rated sneaker

Made for everyday use, the New Balance 420 70s Running provides the necessary hold and support on the feet. Its traditional lace closure incorporates an additional lace strap on the tongue for a more secure but adjustable fit. It is a unisex shoe available in men and women’s sizing.

For that subdued and low-profile look, the New Balance 620 70s Running sneaker pays tribute to the era of running sneaker sophistication without an overpowering colorway that distracts people from looking at the woman and not on the shoe.  Instead, the shoe’s style compliments the outfit with its neutral colorways that are easy to mix and match. Among its popular colorways include Vetiver/Pink, Navy/Pink, Khaki, and White Asparagus/Pink.

Displaying a supple suede and mesh combination for its upper, the retro looks of this sneaker was influenced by the 1970s when the American recreational running craze started. This unique vintage-inspired looks and finish are among the best features of this shoe. Aside from the looks, the shoe also has an EVA foam material in the upper that delivers a good mix of virtual contrast and a reliable support and cushioning for the sensitive Achilles.

Boston-based New Balance has long held to its “Endorsed by No One” philosophy since it was established in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Company in Massachusetts  up to its breakthrough growth in the 1970s when it first came into the running consciousness of the public.

Banking on their time tested idea that better fit and technology results to quality performance shoes, the brand has invested on research and new technology and initially released the ripple-soled running shoe, the Trackster in the 1960s up to the 1970s.

The growth of the company actually started in the 1970s when it was purchased by Jim Davis in 1972 at the start of the growing jogging and recreational running lifestyle in the United States. Starting with this growth opportunity, New Balance churned out impressive running hoe designs starting then with the New Balance 320. Soon other running shoe designs from the New Balance were released bearing its unique numbering system and easily recognizable N logo on the side panels.

Paying tribute to the first breakthrough of running shoes from the brand released in the 1970s is the New Balance 620 70s Running released in the first quarter of April 2017. Compared to other designs of New Balance that had several retro releases, the NB 620 line has only a few and limited ones making it an under the radar and low key over the years.

This same inspiration prompted New Balance to release the New Balance 620 early 2017 as its tribute to 1970s running with its neutral colorways and subtle tones that does not distract us with vivid colors but by only by its mere simplicity. Also notable on this particular retro design is that it only caters to the female audience. With many women wanting sneakers that are often clean, sleek, and unassuming that would not overshadow their unique clothes for the day, the New Balance 620 70s Running sneaker fits the perfect description for this need.

  • The New Balance 620 70s Running lifestyle sneaker also cushions the ankle as it prevents heel blisters with reliable cushioning from the same EVA that surrounds the collar.
  • Classic rubber outsole with wave pattern has good grip and traction on the surface.