Size and fit

The low-top New Balance 991 is offered in men's sizing. Like most lace-up sneakers, it uses the woven cotton laces reinforced with added plastic eyelet for a more secure, adjustable fit. This model was designed to provide better support and comfort that suits the needs of runners in the 90s. Meanwhile, ABZORB cushioning found on the midsole delivers extraordinary shock-absorbing capacity.

New Balance 991 Style

Unveiled initially as high-performance footwear, this classic pair has been considered a staple silhouette in the sneakers realm. The New Balance 991 has gained interest as it flaunts a timeless look that fits the vintage sneakers domination.

Coated with mesh upper, the most popular colorways of New Balance 991 are grey and blue. It also has the pigskin suede overlays to enhance the overall support and style further. The chunky midsole, which is highlighted with ABZORB technology, underlines the nostalgic 90s sneakers look. Found on the heel is the embroidered "991" branding while the signature "N" logo is seated on the lateral side.

Styling the New Balance 991 for men or women is relatively easy for its timeless look that fits any generation, just like majority of dad sneakers. For gentlemen, pair this dad sneaker with a varsity jacket and dark ripped jeans to display a relaxed vibe. For wearers who want to look incredibly stylish, they could finish their overcoat and sweatpants ensemble with any dad sneakers, just like the NB 991 shoes.

For the ladies, they could undoubtedly pair this chunky casual footwear with any feminine pieces, such as a pleated skirt with a pullover, skinny pants with an overcoat, or even with a monochromatic tracksuit. To give an entirely different spin to the usual suit, finish it with a dad sneaker to add a fresh and sophisticated touch.

Notable Features

New Balance 991 was deemed to be one of the iconic sneakers in the sneakers sphere . While it flaunts a straightforward design, this model was considered a popular iteration as it was seen worn numerous times by the famous Steve Jobs. NB 991 was thought to be an essential part of Jobs' every attire for its ease of style and day-long comfort.

New Balance 991 History

New Balance 990 was launched in 1982, the same year when Nike introduced the Air Force 1 to the market. This sneaker was hailed as the most innovative running footwear, for it covered the perfect balance of stability, cushioning, and flexibility during that time.

NB 990 featured a three-layered midsole, an outsole made of Superflex technology, and a carbon rubber heel pad. Moreover, the upper is made of pigskin suede mixed with mesh materials to boost the overall durability and support apt for runners.

It was the introduction of 990 in the market that catapulted the New Balance's popularity. It was dubbed as one of the powerhouses in the running industry, adding the renewed and hyped New Balance logo on the side.

Back then, New Balance 990 was considered one of the most expensive footwear and pushed the shoe price barrier to $100. Despite its big-ticketed tag, it was able to live up to the hype as it delivered superb performance on the track. For serious runners, owning a pair is considered a wise investment, while people who are after the trend considered it a status symbol.

  The rise of New Balance 991

New Balance continued the legacy of the 990 and introduced a series of designs stirred from the 1982 model. The series includes NB 995 (1986), NB 996 (1988), NB 997 (1990), NB 998 (1993), NB 999 (1996), NB 990V2 (1998).

Three years after the release of 990V2, the brand launched NB 991. The New Balance 991, seen worn by Steve Jobs for several years, displayed a look almost similar to its predecessor. This kick is dressed with mesh and suede upper but highlighted with newly designed ABZORB midsole cushioning - a constant technology in NB performance footwear.

While the brand may not widely publicize this pair, the NB 991 has received attention from many buyers. It was spotted worn by one of the most popular personalities in the tech industry, Steve Jobs, in most of his keynote appearances. This sneaker is almost an ideal pair for everyday wear as it delivers classic comfort and style.

Its aesthetics, meanwhile, delivers a certain degree of technicality but is modernly considered lifestyle footwear. Although this model was initially launched as high-performance running footwear, this sneaker now lies in the classic sneakers line.

Additional Info

  • ABZORB cushioning technology is a fusion of foam cushioning and compression set to absorb shock effectively.
  • The rubber outsole of New Balance 991 sneakers is designed to provide sufficient traction on several surface conditions.
  • It has the embroidered New Balance branding on the tongue. 
  • The 991 celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021. After 20 years, the brand releases Made in UK models that boast top-notch craftsmanship and quality nubuck leather. Each one is manufactured in their factory in Flimby, Cumbria.

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Classic, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic, New Balance Abzorb
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA, Nubuck, Leather / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.