Verdict from 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance Numeric 306 is budget-friendly.
  • Most reviewers are impressed with its durability, with some remarking that it outlasted their previous skate shoes by a long way.
  • Some testers praise its comfort, cushioning, and responsiveness as it allowed them to jump down a set of stairs for hours without hurting their feet.
  • It delivers excellent board feel right out of the box, based on a couple of reviews.
  • Many buyers dig its low-profile silhouette, which looks so clean and contemporary.
  • The mesh liner at the toe creates a good airflow and gives the forefoot a good bend, several reviewers have noted.
  • Various pro skaters remark that it has a solid flick, which improves their flip tricks.
  • A few wearers mention that it is lightweight.
  • Its outsole tread hasn’t worn down its grip after months of skating, according to a handful of users.
  • Quite a couple of customers say that the shoe molds pleasantly around their feet.

2 reasons not to buy

  • At least two users share that their laces broke after an hour of skating.
  • It has a small selection of colorways.

Bottom line

New Balance adds Jamie Foy, 2017’s Thrasher Skater of the Year, to their Numerics roster. Foy’s first pro model, the Numeric 306 is built to withstand the wear and tear from heavy, aggressive skating. Its premium suede upper is equipped with a single-piece vamp, plastic underlay, and mesh liner, improving durability, breathability, flexibility.

It houses a thickset Abzorb-powered PU insole, which delivers immense shock-absorption while retaining board feel. Priced at $85, the NM306 sure packs a lot of punches and can take much beating.

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Good to know

The Numeric 306 shoes are exclusively offered in men’s sizes. It has a vintage low profile, which allows the ankles to keep their full range of motion. That helps the wearer adapt to rapid, unexpected foot transitions. It uses a lace-up closure to fasten up the upper and lock in the feet with a custom fitting. Moreover, an elastic gusseted tongue adds a sort of a stretchy, sock-like feel.  

Befitting the brand’s personality, the Numerics 306 has that quiet, subtle look, which is full of class. Its silhouette is impeccably clean. It has fewer seams but has quite a richness in detail, which is unique. Such as the accent the plastic underlay, which flashes out the mesh windows.

The NM306 looks at home with casual and laid-back clothing. Staples such as denims, khakis, chinos, cargo pants, tees, flannels, and the sort go perfectly with the sneaker. As for colorways, it only has a few, but that somehow adds to its quietness. Get a pair in dark green with red/, blue with red, black with white, or black with gum.

The Numeric 306 tough to wear out it because of its durable construction. A piece of plastic underlay wraps the entire shoe, reinforcing the suede upper. Paired up with the hard-wearing Ndurance outsole tread, it gets a longer lifespan despite harsh use. Moreover, it doesn’t miss out on board feel. Its midsole has tapered crating and minimal forefoot rubber, which reduces weight and the feel for the board.

New Balance has been quietly taking the skating world by storm with the Numerics releases and pro skating roster additions. In 2018, the brand signed up 2017 Skater of the Year Jamie Foy as an official rider for the Numerics. Finally, this 2019, New Balance and Foy worked together in the release of Foy’s first pro model, the Numeric 306, a tough low-profile vulc shoe design to take on Foy's heavy-hitting style. 

  • “306” is the number of the house where Jamie Foy grew up in, in South Florida.
  • In the back of the tongue, a Florida emblem is stitched along with the signature of Jamie Foy.


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