Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $180
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Out of a handful of reviews gathered, most confirmed that this shoe has a very cushiony yet sturdy sole and thickly padded, removable insole.
  • Fans revealed that the New Balance 998 Desert Heat looked clean and nice.
  • Compared to its pictures online, this shoe appeared even better in person, one buyer observed.
  • Some were pleased with the quality of the suede used for this model. They mentioned that the suede felt soft and buttery.
  • The sneaker also gained recognition for having a bulky tongue.
  • Almost all were pleased with the comfortable fit and feel the 998 Desert Heat provided.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number had to size down because, for them, the sneaker fits a bit larger than expected.
  • One narrow-footed consumer was displeased that the shoe is only offered in Medium width.

Bottom line

The 998, a New Balance model that is among the brand’s top-of-the-line products, has been favored for its “Made in the USA” tag. Despite having an expensive price point, fans are willing to tolerate its cost to enjoy its high-quality, solidly-build construction. Although not as renowned as its predecessor, the 997 model, the NB 998 continues to gain prominence in the market.

Recently, a new colorway was introduced. Dressed in desert-inspired hues, the shoe is dubbed as the 998 Desert Heat. Similar to the original 998, this iteration is also recognized for its premium comfort and clean aesthetics. Its only flaw, based on reviews, is its sizing.

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New Balance 998 Desert Heat History

To meet the high demands of consumers for reasonably-priced footwear, most sneaker brands, global giants included, chose to outsource their production overseas. American brand New Balance, however, in spite of the high cost, pushed its limits to keep a significant percentage of their production in the US.

The “Made in the USA” sealed the deal as it ensured well-made products crafted with premium materials. The 99X Series notably showcases the brand’s top-of-the-line footwear. Making its debut in the year 1982, the first model introduced was the New Balance 990. It was the first sneaker to be sold at $100. Despite its steep pricing, it still managed to sell out as consumers were willing to break the bank to enjoy its groundbreaking design.

Over the years, other 99X models were launched. It was in the year 1993 when the first 998 model set its foot on the market. Unlike its predecessors, this version had a smaller “N” logo. It was also built with a thick, well-cushioned ABZORB midsole that offered lasting comfort.

Since its inception, the 998 has been revamped in a wide array of colors and subjected to numerous collaborations. In June 2017, the brand decided to outfit this shoe in suede with shades of navy, gray and red and hits of sandy tan leather. Popularly known as the New Balance 998 Desert Heat, its colors were reminiscent of the desert night and day.

New Balance 998 Desert Heat Style

Vibrantly-colored, expect the 998 Desert Heat to stand out effortlessly. Its classic, fashion-forward silhouette looks great with a various athletic and casual clothing, cuffed joggers and tapered jeans included.

Fit & Sizing

Made with top-grade suede underlaid with breathable mesh, expect this shoe to provide sufficient support while offering adequate ventilation as well as plush comfort. Available in men’s sizes, it is known to supply plenty of toe room. Running a bit larger than expected, consider sizing down for a better fit. Its sizes range from 5-13.

Notable Features

Famous for its ABZORB cushioning, expect this shoe to provide a natural, stable ride as well as all-day comfort underfoot. Its mesh upper overlaid with suede is also accented with hints of leather and molded plastic. Thus, expect this part of the shoe to hug your foot in all the right places while offering support where you need it most.  

Additional Info

  • The 998 Desert Heat’s outsole is made of durable rubber that offers reliable traction and grip.
  • The fit of the shoe can be adjusted with the help of the traditional lace-up fastening system. This closure includes flat tonal laces
  • For better visibility at night, a reflective detailing is added on the heel.
  • The addition of a padded collar and tongue, as well as cushioned insoles, enhance the sneakers in-shoe feel.
  • For branding, expect to see the NB logo on the heel, the iconic “N” insignia on the lateral and medial side and “New Balance 998” wordmark engraved on the undersole’s rear.