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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 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.