Who should buy the New Balance 996 Suede

This classic New Balance sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You are after a low-cut and lightweight sneaker inspired by running
  • You want a shoe with outstanding outsole traction
  • You prefer a sneaker that feels better the longer you wear it

New Balance 996 Suede Logo

Style of the New Balance 996 Suede

The low-top New Balance 996 Suede is covered with buttery pig suede and breathable mesh ideal for urban wear. The use of premium materials for this edition makes it appropriate for the low-temperature environment. The complementary colors available for the New Balance 996 Suede offer a vintage touch with a pair of denim, casual trousers, joggers, and chinos.

New Balance 996 Suede Midsole

Notable features

Comfort and style may be regarded as the best assets of the low-top New Balance 996 Suede. This version is designed with playful color combinations that add character to the heritage classic. In spite of the fact that the New Balance 996 Suede is built more like an everyday sneaker than a sports shoe, it does not fall short with cushioning properties. 

New Balance 996 Suede Toebox

The midsole is formed with the trademark New Balance technologies such as ABZORB, ENCAP, and REVlite that offer support, stability, and flexibility using hard-wearing yet lightweight materials. Apart from these tech features, its upper is built with premium materials which make this sneaker an ideal option during the winter months.  

History of the New Balance 996

New Balance 996, a low-top casual sneaker, was created for the race track which later found its way into urban streetwear fashion. New Balance 996 Suede is one of the many timeless varieties of this well-favored sneaker model. This classic cut leaves users comfortable and well supported without even compromising one’s style.

New Balance 996 Suede Heel

New Balance 996 is an offshoot of the brand’s most advanced running shoe introduced in 1982 which is the 990. The NB 990 features a combination of innovative technologies that deliver flexibility, cushioning, and stability to users.

New Balance 996 Suede Outsole

The 990 was a hot commodity during its initial drop in spite that it retailed at $100 a pair. The success of this preliminary offering led to the birth of the 990 series. In 1988 the New Balance 996 hit the shelves covered with pig suede, textile, and leather upper. The midsole is supported by the ABZORB technology which offers shock absorption qualities. The heel part of the midsole has the ENCAP tech that provides maximum durability.

New Balance 996 Suede Collar

This New Balance 996 was a hit particularly in the US market and garnered huge appeal globally in the succeeding years. The fast-forward design of this model was revamped several times which led to the release of variations such as the low-top New Balance 996 Suede and New Balance 996 Made in the USA Bringback. The classic look of these 996 models in interesting contrasting tones has an appeal to men consumers who want a well-crafted timeless sneaker that can be paired with several clothes.

Facts / Specs

Base model: New Balance 996
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic
Designed by: Steven Smith
Colorways: Grey / Blue / Green / Red / Black / Pink
SKUs: MRL996FT / MRL996LK / MRL996NB / MRL996ND / MRL996RA / MRL996RG / WR996FLP / WR996JB / WR996YA / WR996YD

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