Verdict from 28 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Based on a lot of critics, the New Balance Made in USA 992 is one of the most outstanding chunky shoes there is.
  • They look sleek on feet, based on several wearers.
  • According to plenty of users, these New Balance shoes are great when it comes to shock absorption.
  • Some claim that the Made in USA 992 from New Balance is comfortable and cozy to wear. 
  • This running-inspired shoe has just the right height in all areas, as per numerous testers.
  • Many admire the sneakers eye-catching colorway.
  • Heaps of wearers have observed that these classic shoes are an undeniably a good quality pair.

2 reasons not to buy

  • As per a few users, another drawback is that the shoes are quite heavy to use. 
  • The sizing runs very wide in both the forefoot and the heel based on some purchasers.

Bottom line

Continuing New Balance’s heritage styling, the MADE in USA 992 is given a retro, chunky style that is made with excellent materials and classic comfort features. These MADE in USA 992s boast of New Balance’s exceptional craftsmanship in the construction and design. Although there are some minor points with the shoe’s sizing and performance in running, there is no doubt that it is still a premium shoe worth adding to one’s rotation.

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Good to know

These Made in USA 992 sneakers can be enjoyed by both men and women since they are available in both genders’ sizing. Ideally, it is recommended to go a half size down for Made in USA shoes because they run a tad wide.  With a lace-up fastening system, one can adjust the shoe to one’s preference for a more personalized fit. 

Featuring the iconically recognizable chunky silhouette and Made in USA construction, this New Balance pair captures all of the best aspects of the brand. Furthermore, it provides a retro aesthetic that’s just a bit sleeker than the 990 series without infiltrating the 993s’ or 991s’ territory. The shoe is crafted from premium pig suede, mesh and leather materials across the top for the upper that gives off a sense of quality. 

The retro shoes are given an outdoor color palette with tonal micro ripstop and reflective details. As for the colorways, there are an array of choices one can select from such as the tan with white, black with gray, and angora with faded cedar. One can wear these chunky shoes in style with casual pieces such as denim, jeans, cuffed joggers or even a pair of shorts and can be topped with plain shirts, tank tops or one’s handy hoodie. 

Displaying a sophisticated take on the classic, the Made in USA 992 are built with New Balance’s signature technologies. With an ABZORB and ENCAP dual-midsole, all-day cushioning and support are provided. Additionally, the dual-midsole also ensures enhanced comfort with each stride. 

Furthermore, the supportive ABZORB cushioning gives the shoe an elevated look and feel. For that chunky look, a heavy duty polyurethane heel is added. Each style is then completed with tonal logos and laces. 

Founded in 1906, New Balance is regarded as one of the prominent footwear manufacturers in the whole shoe industry and has become a global leader in athletic gear. The brand has pioneered some of the athletic shoe advancements concerning support mechanisms and midsole technologies. With the developments that come with the brand’s programs, many consumers are encouraged to get involved in physical fitness activities such as running. New Balance’s goals were to improve the health and well-being of their consumers.

Throughout the years, New Balance continued to entice the market with appealing lines of classic athletic shoes that ignited so much interest among running enthusiasts. Given the growing demand, the trend went on until the 1980s which led to the rebirth of some of the vintage running shoes that remain to draw attention until today. One of the retro shoes that have been given a remake are the 992s. New Balance's Made in USA 992 is revived after years of dormancy. In celebration of their 100th year anniversary, the Made in USA 992 was launched with the brand’s exceptional craftsmanship and ethos as the manufacturer of support.

  • Any New Balance sneaker given a “MADE US” label is made in one of New Balance's New England factories by American workers.
  • New Balance’s Made in USA 992 is a nod to the “outdoor trend of the heritage Made collection”.

Author
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.

daniel@runrepeat.com