Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A large number of reviewers commented that the New Balance Niobium is an excellent sneaker-boot that keeps their foot dry and comfortable.
  • Some reviewers liked that this shoe is both stylish and functional.
  • A few reviewers emphasized that this NB shoe may be underrated, but is an excellent purchase because of its overall performance and superior craftsmanship.
  • The majority of reviewers appreciated that this mid-top fits true to size.
  • The New Balance Niobium is one of the brand’s highly recommended models by the majority of purchasers.
  • Some reviewers highlighted that this shoe is lightweight and don’t feel like winter shoes when worn.
  • The Niobium cleat is not bulky and clumsy, according to a few reviewers.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Although an excellent shoe, many buyers still find the New Balance Niobium as an expensive pair to cop.
  • Limited colorway options are available for this particular NB model.
  • One dismayed reviewer commented that despite its mid-top construction, the New Balance Niobium’s ankle support did not meet his expectations. The zip closure on the side is of no practical use and just there for aesthetics.
  • Another reviewer noted that this fits too narrow in the forefoot, which causes discomfort.

Bottom line

The New Balance Niobium is a one-of-a-kind mid-top sneaker that supports and protects your feet while keeping your flair always on point. Most of the buyers appreciate this relatively new shoe model because of its functionality. For one, it features the brand’s Gore-Tex technology which helps keep the feet dry and cozy

Despite the expensive price tag that comes with the Niobium, along with the limited colorway options, many reviewers still find it highly recommendable because of its overall performance and top-notch.

Facts

Top: Mid
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic
Price: $200
Colorways: Black, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 9% best sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this January

The New Balance Niobium is available in men's sizing from 7 to 13 in D medium width, half sizes included. It generally fits true to size. With a silhouette initially based on a running shoe, in addition to its mid-top structure, this shoe provides ample hold and support on foot. The fit is secure and snug with its hiking shoelaces. There is also a zip closure on the side that allows easy on/off wearing of the shoe.   

One of New Balance's takes on the sneaker-boot trend, the New Balance Niobium is a mid-top sneaker with premium suede, or nubuck upper made and equipped to keep the feet dry through its Gore-Tex lining. It has a rugged but modern style perfect for a sporty outdoor look or a casual street style get up. Pair it with a basic jeans and shirt combo for a relaxed but stylish look, and you're good to go. 

It does not take more than one quick look at the New Balance Niobium to notice how it stands out among other typical New Balance models. Its mid-top structure is a given fact, but what adds to its rugged look are the D-ring metal eyelets and the rounded shoelaces that provide more accent to the premium nubuck or suede upper.   

More than this are winter-approved functional features that make it, even more, a standout NB offering. Utilized on the upper is Gore-Tex technology that helps it withstand harsh weather conditions. The waterproof upper sits atop a winterized ENCAP midsole for durable cushioning with added stability.  

The New Balance Niobium or otherwise referred to as the Niobium Cleat first dropped in October 2016 as one of the brand's sorts of entry to the sneaker-boot trend. Inspired by running shoes, notably the New Balance 577 and MT580, and with a futuristic hiker cleat look, it released in two colorway options - the gray nubuck and the suede black.

Both colorways feature a thick sockliner, a side zip and lace closure with D-ring metal eyelets, a Gore-Tex lining to keep the feet dry, and a winterized ENCAP midsole for added comfort. The Niobium received a V2 version in 2017.

  • Also featured in the New Balance Niobium are the winterized ENCAP midsole, New Balance "N" branding on the sides and the gusseted tongue, and a Gore-Tex lining for waterproof protection and durability. The rubber outsole has deep lugs that give the shoe enough grip on any surface.
  • The tonal New Balance branding is on the tongue, panel, and heel.

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