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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers think the shoes are extremely durable and well built.
  • Some commenters find the New Balance 997 Baseball Pack with really good arch support.
  • A few reviews complimented the upper’s suede or nubuck material for its good quality and smoothness that adds a premium finish to this limited edition issue.
  • A number of customers claimed the shoe’s rubber outsole had a good grip on different types of surface.
  • Several buyers noted how supportive the shoe’s ENCAP midsole to different foot movements.
  • Some wearers said the sneakers are stable and withstood heavy use in and outside the baseball diamond.
  • A number of users claimed the sole has been very tough protecting the feet from impact and absorbs shock obtained from various heavy activities.
  • Some online bloggers like the metallic accents of the sneakers that act as a reflector and adds to the overall style of the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users find the New Balance 997 Baseball Pack shoes are tight fitting and narrow.
  • One commenter noted that the shoes are quite expensive for the feature it offers to buyers.
  • A reviewer claimed the shoe is difficult to clean and preferred that it should have been done in a different leather or rubber material.

Bottom line

The New Balance 997 Baseball Pack sneaker is a fitting homage to one of America’s favorite sport. The classic-inspired sneakers come in cool beach-inspired colorways and an all-white variety that sparks a tinge of nostalgia to the every baseball fan. The shoe comes in Home Plate and Coumarin colorways that are a swanky and stylish combination of suede or nubuck leather and mesh.

This Made in USA New Balance 997 is an affirmation on how America’s favorite pastime has influenced the sneaker culture through the years. Aside from its baseball-themed style, the shoe is not something that is all just hype. It also boasts of a dependable ENCAP midsole and lightweight EVA to ensure utmost comfort and durability. However, since this is a Made in the USA model, prepare for a higher price tag than other brands that outsource their manufacturing. The pig suede version sells at $ 210 while the nubuck version sells for $230 per pair.


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New Balance 997 Baseball Pack History

New Balance has always been the patriotic All-American brand from Boston, Massachusetts.  It has remained an athletic shoe top seller because it is hinged on the idea that better fit and technology results to good performance. Investing in research, design and new technology, New Balance through the years have shunned huge endorsement deals in favor of shifting more focus on the shoes than on the stars.

The seemingly conservative principles of the brand trace back to its roots in 1906, when the company was founded by William J. Riley as the New Balance Arch Company in Belmont, Massachusetts.  The company focused on manufacturing arch support and orthopedic shoes for several decades focusing on this small niche market which rarely went out of state.

However, in the 1970s, Jim Davis bought the company and turned the slow manufacturing into a powerhouse producing running shoes that have kept every running sneaker fanatic glued for many decades.

New Balance’s strength lies in the quality of their shoe, durability and comfort and their ability to respond to market needs and demands. Soon, manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts and Maine were improved introducing computer-assisted design systems that lessen product development and production times by half.

While competitors seem to be rolling out new designs only after a year, New Balance was able to it in only four months. They continued to focus on domestic production that even up to the 2000s up to the present more than 70 percent of their production remained in the United States. Their production for the European market also remained in their manufacturing plant Flimby, England in the United Kingdom.

Among the shoe models that have been made in the manufacturing plants of New Balance up to this day is the New Balance 997.  Originally released that resulted in huge sales in 1991, it was re-issued in 2015 with newer colorways and design collaborations with top retailers. The brand has also maintained its pig suede upper and meshes material combination that gives a retro vibe to the 1990s hit design.

The classic New Balance 997 has released Made in USA versions promising All-American craftsmanship. The best way the brand thought of displaying this All-American love is the US’ most favorite pastime – baseball.  Created in amazing colorways, New Balance often pays tribute to the top baseball teams in the USA with matching team colors. Some of the shoe brand’s popular models were also transformed into cleats to attract more baseball fans into copping new designs from the Made in USA line.

New Balance 997 Baseball Pack Style

Coinciding their releases with the baseball Opening Day, New Balance has certainly taken the edge over its competitors in terms of baseball-inspired designs.  In colorways of All-White, Navy and Ozone Blue, and Black, Brown, and Radish tones that seem to dissolve in the upper, the shoes are stylish and trendy even for the younger generation. While the new Baseball Pack colorways seem to be no longer based on team colors, it has blended well with fashion tastes of the season in coastal colors making them ideal for the Spring/Summer season when baseball becomes America’s greatest pastime again.

Fit & Sizing

As in other New Balance design, this sneaker has a snug fit and secured by a regular flat lacing. The sneaker has a comfort collar with anatomically positioned foam pads that lock-in the heel and cushion around the ankle. The shoe is available in medium width in men’s sizes but can also be worn by women. Shoe size ranges from US size 6 to 13.

Notable Features

The New balance 997 Baseball Pack features an ENCAP midsole technology that provides maximum support and durability. The lifestyle sneaker also has a lightweight EVA midsole that makes it flexible to various movements and provides additional impact absorption. The shoe exudes comfort with a foam padded collar that lock-in the heel and provide cushioning around the ankle.

Additional Info

  • The shoe is among the footwear made by New balance factories in a debris-free construction system that eliminates waste, preserving raw materials, and providing an environmentally preferred manufacturing solution.
  • The New Balance 997 Baseball Pack are among the sneakers of the brand that are designed and manufactured in the United States hence it is sold at a heftier price compared to outsourced shoes.
  • These New Balance made models are premium collections that contain a domestic value of 70 percent or greater than other regular shoes.