Verdict from 14 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A few reviewers highlight that the New Balance Made in US 999 has more cushioning than the NB 574 shoes
  • The fit of this low-top New Balance shoe is excellent, according to several purchasers.
  • The majority of reviewers report that this shoe fits true to size.
  • Several loyal purchasers of New Balance shoes comment that it is one of the best shoes from the brand.
  • The Made in US 999 has exceptional cushioning, according to many reviewers.
  • A few reviewers state that this shoe is the perfect balance of comfort and style.
  • Some purchasers are pleased with this New Balance shoe's high-quality materials.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The New Balance Made in US 999 is slightly expensive.
  • A couple of reviewers state that they wish more color options are available for this shoe.
  • Some wearers complain that this shoe is too narrow.

Bottom line

The New Balance Made in US 999 is a classic running-inspired low-top from the Boston-based footwear company. 

An ideal go-to pair for many, this rendition of the classic 999 is made of suede-mesh upper and ABZORB outsole that collectively makes up a high-quality, premium silhouette that continuously gains lots of positive feedback from the market despite its slightly high price.  

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Good to know

Boasting a low-top profile, the New Balance Made in US 999 gives adequate ankle mobility without the need to sacrifice comfort, foot support, and protection. The traditional lace-up closure with a central tongue loop tab is in place to provide wearers a secure and lockdown but customizable fit. Overall hold and support are sufficient.

Boston-based footwear brand New Balance is definitely on a roll in the classic kicks department, and one proof of this is the New Balance Made in US 999. Even with numerous colorways and new releases once in a while, this low-top always stick to New Balance's classic and timeless heritage. The suede upper gives out a premium yet a classic look, while the mesh inserts on the tongue, collar, and toe box mainly contribute to the shoe's running-inspired silhouette. Pick a pair of this classic and wear it either with jeans or shorts to add a sporty-casual vibe to your outfits.

This low-top New Balance shoe is exceptional in its own way primarily because of its "Made in US" badge, which only means that it is one of the few of those manufactured in the US for more than 75 years. It is part of New Balance's premium collection constructed with premium, top-of-the-line materials, and quality craftsmanship. 

It also features ABZORB cushioning in the midfoot, which functions for superior shock absorption hence improved comfort and support. In addition, it flaunts reflective 3M panel accents on the ankle collar and the N logo.

One of New Balance's most iconic shoes is the New Balance 999, which is a part of the brand's famous 990 Series. The silhouette, or otherwise referred to as the M999, made its debut in 1996 featuring several known technologies from the brand – the ENCAP, C-Cap, and ABZORB. It was one of the first NB shoes to have a shock absorbing 3D midfoot design, but only reached a certain level of popularity when its nautical-themed "Kennedy" version released in 2011.

New Balance has a Made in USA sneakers collection in which the 999 silhouette is a part of along with the 998, the 1400, the 997, the 996, and the 1300 among many others. Produced in the US for more than 75 years, shoes in this collection represent a limited portion of the brand’s sales in the US.  They are of high-quality and made of premium materials.

In August 2017, the “Navy with Pewter” colorway of the New Balance Made in US 999 released for $180. It is constructed with premium materials particularly pigskin suede and mesh with reflective silver accents. The flat laces are white, while the midsole hints a few gray highlights. On the tongue and heel tab are New Balance brandings.

In April 2018, New Balance released a patriotic-themed rendition of the New Balance Made in US 999. This particular version boasts a combination of suede, leather, and mesh materials on the upper in magenta, white, and blue colors. On the ankle and “N” logo are hints of 3M reflective accents, while the outsole still utilizes ABZORB technology. Each pair retails at $180.

In July 2018, another colorway of the Made in US 999  launched, the “Grey with Pewter.” Like the previous releases, this colorway boasts a premium suede and mesh upper with reflective 3M panel accents, but is dressed in shades of gray and white colors. Similarly, each pair retails at $180.  

  • The New Balance Made in US 999 is also referred to as New Balance 999 Made in US.
  • This shoe is customizable through New Balance’s official website.
  • The shoelaces that come with this shoe are flat and often tonal.
  • New Balance brandings are visible on the side panels, tongue, and heel tab.


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