Style of the New Balance 659
With a ready-to-wear framework and a sleek, durable assembly, the men’s New Balance 659 ensures a versatile form. The bootie-style construction of its upper can be partnered with many comfortable clothes like joggers and stretchy pants.
Skaters who would like to try the facade can partner it with denim jeans for an added crunch on style and function.
The New Balance 659 men’s athletic shoes sit on top of a REVlite midsole which provides durability and responsiveness in a 30% lighter material.
The iconic N saddle overlay straps on the laces which can either be laced or tucked in to resemble a slip-on.
History of the 659 silhouette
Taking into account the numerous running-infused years of New Balance, one might say that it technically stows away from anything with wheels in it. This, though, was not always the case. A turning point event happened in the far reaches of 2012 where a particular Jamie Thomas announced in December that there would be a merger between Black Box Distribution and New Balance. The birthchild of the collaboration was a promising sub-category called New Balance Numeric, which focuses on New Balance skate shoes.
A lot of iterations were born under the promising franchise, and for a time, the New Balance Numeric group kept up with dominant skateboarding brands. Skaters like Levi Brown, Tom Karangelov, Arto Saari, and PJ Ladd were featured in the introductory video released in 2013. Other board rockstars include Jordan Taylor, Franky Villani, Jamie Foy and many more, thus the continuous growth of the NB community.
With this collection in mind, New Balance launches the New Balance 659 which is a skate-inspired sneaker under the Court Classics subdivision. Court Classics feature shoes designed similarly with tennis silhouettes, with its flat-to-the-ground nature can be highly mistaken as skate footwear. Overlays on the shoe’s toe front and other design cues give the New Balance 659 a ready to roll flair.