Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance 913 fits true to size, attested most reviewers.
  • Most skaters who have tested this pair for the sport said that it is an excellent skate shoe as it offers superb grip, boardfeel and impact protection.
  • Some shoe users remarked at how lightweight the sneaker feels.
  • Comfortable was used frequently in describing the New Balance 913 shoe.
  • A couple of skate reviewers were ecstatic about this pair’s unique rubber eyelets as it tucks the laces efficiently hence avoiding lace rips.
  • This kick’s heel collar and external TPU support heel counter provide excellent stability.
  • Many Brandon Westgate fans were pleased that a pro model was made after their skate hero.

1 reason not to buy

  • A number of wearers mentioned that the shoe felt narrow during the first few tries and caused discomfort. It should be noted that the shoe would adjust perfectly after break-in time.

Bottom line

Designed by pro skateboarder Brandon Westgate, skaters had high hopes with Westgate’s first pro model with New Balance. The New Balance 913 is made to withstand the brutal demands of skateboarding. Features such as reinforced one-piece toe vamp and quarter panels and rubberized eyestays all contribute to durability and getting longer use from the shoe while technologies such as FantomFit, REVlite midsoles, N2 cushioning in the heel work together for excellent fit and comfort.

Ultimately, this pair’s comfort, durability, style, and superb performance could prove to be a worthwhile cop.

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Good to know

The New Balance 913 is one of NB’s Numeric skate shoes that’s exclusively offered in guys’ sizes. The gentlemen can choose from sizes 6 to 13 while women who would like to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their usual shoe size. This sneaker fits true to size.

This shoe utilizes the traditional lace-up closure but features unique rubberized eyestays to effectively tuck laces in and avoid shoelace ripping.

The New Balance Numeric 913 boasts of a simple yet technical aesthetic that perfectly exemplifies Brandon’s skate style. Just like his skillful ways on the board, this sneaker looks effortless and simple on the outside but contains hard-hitting technical features when you look closer and actually wear it. The shoe’s simple and sleek silhouette is accented with multiple textures and pops of color that could add oomph to any ensemble.

For a dressy casual look pairing, this shoe with a pair of cropped trousers and a button-down tee accessorized with colored dress socks and hat could do the trick. Opt for basketball shorts, T-shirt, and high socks for a stylish casual look for a day spent in the skate park.

Pro skater Brandon Westgate’s first signature shoe is decked out with technologies inspired by NB’s running shoes. It is equipped with the brand’s FantomFit technology which is a skeletally engineered upper that offers ultra-light support and fit while REVlite midsoles provide optimal responsiveness and durability and N2 cushioning is placed in the heel area for excellent impact absorption. Lastly, PU insoles combined with cupsole construction offer excellent cushioning.

In the world of skate every time a pro model releases it catches everyone’s interest because skaters know that that specific shoe is designed after that specific pro’s skate style. Either liked for its style or technical aspects, a pro signature model is the by-product of a collaborative effort between the brand’s pro skater and the company’s R&D team mainly working off of the pro skater’s feedback.

The New Balance 913 is one of the newest skate silhouettes that the company offers. It is Brandon Westgate’s first signature shoe with New Balance and he worked closely with the brand’s head designer Jeff Mikut. Known for his celebrated skate style that notoriously fuses commanding power and effortless proficiency, the news of his new model naturally made waves and sparked anticipation as to what his signature shoe’s design would look like and how it would perform on the board.

Brandon was with the skate brand Emerica until 2017 and shortly after it was announced that he had joined the ranks of the New Balance Numeric squad. Putting the value on quality over quantity when it comes to his skate footage, this helped elevate his position among the pros and garnered him the privilege of being presented with a signature shoe.

Screaming with Brandon’s stylishly powerful and technical skating, the New Balance 913 is both aesthetically pleasing and performance ready. The shoe is available in the following colorways: Black/Grey/Lime, Teal/Black, Sand/Blue, Navy/White, Light Grey/Dark Grey, Navy/Red and Silver/Orange.

  • The shoe is offered in Medium width.
  • Side mesh panels and perforation detailing allow air flow.
  • The upper is crafted from a combination of suede and mesh materials.
  • Westgate branding can be seen on the tongue.


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