Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Avid sneaker wearers agree that the New Balance All Coasts 331 delivers when it comes to comfort and style.
  • The majority of the users express how the shoe features a clean and slick-looking design.
  • Numerous buyers describe how the materials on this kick are made from good quality.
  • Many users comment that the insole feels very cushiony, thanks to the Fresh Foam inside.
  • The canvas upper makes it easier to clean, quips some consumers.
  • Several skaters share that the New Balance 331 feels more comfortable and holds up better than most Vans’ shoes.
  • A few wearers share they get compliments when wearing this trainer.
  • The colorways are very wearable with different outfit choices, notes some individuals.
  • New Balance sneakers loyalists state that they will buy another pair or two of this low-cut shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many shoe buyers mention that the NB All Coasts 331 lacks arch support.
  • The tongue, per some reviewers, is too long and tends to chafe the skin on the foot.
  • According to a few skate enthusiasts, the insole needs more padding.

Bottom line

This addition to New Balance’s Numeric skate line is a multi-faceted sneaker that not only limits to skating use. Beyond skateboarding, this classic low-top silhouette possesses the makeup of a timeless design that surpasses the boardwalk routines and straight to the street style shenanigans. 

Moreover, the fact that the NB AM331 comes with an inexpensive price tag allows anybody to feel the comfort and style that comes with this sneaker.

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Good to know

The NB331 is exclusively available in men’s sizing. Like most of New Balance’s skate-inspired sneakers, the forefoot feels a little narrow as typical skateboarding footwear should be. This is to secure one’s feet while doing some flips and kicks, yet be able to get a good feel of the board.

Whether one decides to skate in it or not, most reviews recommend getting a half size up, depending on one’s snug preference.

Having the makeup of classic sneaker design, coupled with basic color schemes of black, white, navy blue, grey, and red, choosing outfits to go with the NB AM 331 is a no-brainer.

  • Men can put on pair of black cotton work pants with a slim-fit charcoal green button-down shirt and a couple of All Coasts 331 in Navy/White/Gum hue.
  • For a summer-ready look, both men and women can wear the NB All Coasts 331 sockless with chino shorts and a white top for a laid-back vibe.

Depending on the colorway, some variations come in a suede-canvas or all-canvas upper. A New Balance trademark through the Ndurance® textured gum rubber outsole provides superior grip and maximum durability in high areas of the shoe. 

The textile-lined footbed, combined with New Balance’s Fresh Foam gives the wearer the utmost comfort, soft, and shock-absorbing components. 

To curb those robust patterns and ollies, the NB All Coasts 331 features a vulcanized cup sole and rubber sidewall, and a multi-layered to cap for added sturdiness and protection.

New Balance has come a long way since starting out as selling orthotics in 1906 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Known internationally as a sneaker brand, New Balance has expanded its horizon and ventured into the sport of skateboarding in 2013 under its New Balance Numeric collection to cater to the younger market.

Among this well-crafted footwear is the New Balance All Coasts 331, which is well-received not only by the lover of the sport but ordinary individuals who want to don on a sleek sneaker that fits right into the street-style laid-back culture of today.

  • “N” branding, in leather, is stitched on both sidewalls.
  • Most of the colorways have reflective heel details along with the NB logo on it.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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