Verdict from 51 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Durable: After several usages, the New Balance Numeric 1010 shows only a few visible wears, according to some skaters.
  • Stylish: Like most New Balance sneakers, this kick is very fashionable, some users have mentioned.
  • Grippy: This model sticks perfectly on the skateboards, essential to any skate shoe; some Thrashers have vouched.
  • Flexible: The NB NM Tiago 1010 is bendable, a couple of reviewers have shared.
  • Retro: Numerous buyers love this sneaker's vintage 90s style, suitable for the dad sneaker trend.
  • Secured: This kick was able to keep the ankle anchored during high jumps, which many skaters have attested.
  • Boardfeel: The New Balance Numeric Tiago 1010 Pro Model allows the wearers to control the board better.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Width: Although it has a roomy toe box, many critics mention that this sneaker fits narrow on the midfoot. 
  • Laces: Some express their disappointment at this sneaker's tacky laces. Some also note that NB should have placed a lace protector.
  • Ventilation: It lacks breathability, according to a couple of reviewers.

Bottom line

The New Balance Numeric 1010 is packed with tons of technologies that send shivers down the spine of other pro skate shoes. It is a highly detailed high-performance skate shoe that will give its wearers a little boost on their confidence as they try high jumps, ollies, and flips. Although it is described as "like pillows that hug the feet," this sneaker is not suitable for daily use for its lack of ventilation and too snug fit.

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New Balance Numeric 1010: A tech beast skate sneaker

Professional skateboarder Tiago Lemos left the DC camp in 2019 and joined the New Balance Numeric team. With no time to waste, the NB Numeric's design team worked immediately with Tiago to release a highly technical skate shoe that fits his skating style. 

The 1010 Tiago Lemos Pro Model skate shoe is New Balance's most technically packed skate shoe. It displays a quintessential 90s look, which suits the trendy dad sneaker fashion without the overly chunky profile. 

Why 1010?

According to New Balance, the higher the number on the shoe's name, the more technical the shoe is. This sneaker got the highest number the brand used so far.  Let us enumerate the techie deets this sneaker has:

  • The double-stitched upper is layered with rubber material to add protection. It is also constructed with a no-sew overlay for optimized fit.
  • The heel cup has the FantomFit technology that adds stability and holds the ankle while you jump.
  • Found on the heel and midsole is the FuelCell cushioning that effectively absorbs impact.
  • The Ndurance outsole delivers superb grip on various surfaces. 
  • The Ortholite insole delivers ample cushioning and prevents the formation of bacteria as well. 
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.