Who should buy the New Balance 998

The 998 from New Balance is a flawless choice for those who: 

  • want a sporty-looking daily shoe
  • want to flaunt an '80s throwback ensemble
  • are looking for a cushy sneaker 
  • need a pair of stable shoes for everyday wear

New Balance 998 new balance logo

Who should NOT buy it

The New Balance 998 is not for you if you're looking for a pair of cheap sneakers. If you want the same sporty design minus the hefty price, go for the Adidas Lite Racer Adapt 3.0 or the Reebok Classic Nylon.

New Balance 998 forefoot

Softness in every step

Big fans of the NB 990 series love the updated NB 998 because of its "plush," "pillowy" comfort. According to them, the ABZORB feature makes their strides very "cushy;" none of them has experienced sore feet. 

New Balance 998 cushion

Support is top-notch! 

This New Balance running-inspired sneaker has excellent stability. Although cushy, it doesn't waver even on challenging and uneven terrains. 

New Balance 998 midsole

Heel slips are a thing of the past

The reinforcement on the rear is appreciated by many reviewers. It locks the foot in place so well from lace-up down to the last stretch. 

New Balance 998 heel support

Fit that doesn't irritate the feet

An abundant sum of users gives this shoe an excellent rating due to its buttery smooth suede cover.

New Balance 998 padded collar

The NB 998 brings back the '80s

Many find the New Balance 998 a nostalgic pair of sneakers that's alluring as it brings them back to the 1980s era.

New Balance 998 lace-up closure

A value-for-money purchase

A large pool of testers considers this 998 model by New Balance a good value for money as it is made with exceptional artistry.

New Balance 998 design

Clings like claws

Thanks to its "sticky outsole," the NB 998 has "excellent" slip control. On wet and dry pavement, it's a star. 

New Balance 998 toe room

Strength negates price

For $180, several critics are disappointed with the shoe's weak construction. After only six months, it has already worn down. 

New Balance 998 durability

The sole has already detached from the rest of the shoe. 

Nice to know about the NB 998

The upper is mostly made of pig suede and segmented into different layers. One can come up with a personalized version of this much-sought vintage profile through the NB1 customization platform.

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Abzorb
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole / 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.