Verdict from 70 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Many New Balance Numeric 420 reviewers reported that the shoes are comfortable.
  • The NB skate shoes are durable according to some testers who said that the soles were in still in top condition after three weeks of heavy usage.
  • These sneakers from NB’s Numeric skate collection are supportive in the right places without being too rigid, a few wearers noted.
  • A good number of users felt that New Balance Numeric 420s are excellent skating kicks that provide on-point heelflips and powerful flicks.
  • The shoes are nicely cushioned courtesy of the soft RevLite foam, a couple stated.
  • A few thought the “stash box” in the tongue was a funny and welcome addition to the sneakers.
  • New Balance Numeric 420s are light on the feet, a handful remarked.
  • Two people found the quality of the shoes to be exceptional.

3 reasons not to buy

  • New Balance Numeric 420s have a large fit, according to some wear testers.
  • The shoes’ softness depends on the colorway, according to a few skateboarders who compared the black against the red colorway and found that these had some noticeable differences between them.
  • A bit of breaking in is needed, a handful have stated.

Bottom line

New Balance, known for its classic running shoes, managed to merge the sporty aesthetic with a skate functional build to come up with the New Balance Numeric 420. The shoes have a definite plush feel because of their superior cushioning characteristics. 

The shoes need some breaking in, after which the flick these kicks produce gets much better. And with the shoes durable aspect, you’d get to skate in these way longer than you would other shoes. 

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Good to know

The men’s New Balance Numeric 420s are offered in sizes measuring from 6 to 13. Half sizes are available from 7.5 to 11.5. The shoes run somewhat large so if you teeter between sizes, get the smaller size for a better fit.

Women can rock these too provided they go two sizes (or 2 and a half) down from their usual shoe measurement. Thin tongues adorn the shoes so not much padding there, but the midsoles’ foam are amply cushioned for impact. A six-eyelet lacing system utilizing flat laces provide an adjustable fit.

Sporty doesn’t always mean super casual. Sometimes, you can get away with a dressy look even when using athletic-looking kicks. Here are some styling tips for your NB sneakers. Pair New Balance Numeric 420 black and royal blue shoes with grey or blue jeans, a black tee (solid or graphic are both okay), and a dark blue blazer for bar nights with friends. 

For those regular, lazy days, match New Balance Numeric 420 white & royal blue skate shoes with a white shirt, a blue sweatshirt on top, and cropped dark blue jeans. There are quite a few other new colors for the New Balance Numeric 420 model, which should be a great help for people picky with the shades of their kicks. 

Only a few shoes have managed to combine technical skate performance with a running silhouette and do it successfully. The Numeric 420 model is one of those.

Skater Marquise Henry and NB Numeric’s senior designer Jeff Mikut’s creation feature a highly functional construction with killer color schemes and an attractive profile for the ultimate skateboarding sneaker. 

The shoes’ durability is top-notch with the toe and mid-foot areas and the outsoles holding up well during various wear tests.  The cushioning is exceptional because of the RevLite midsoles which give decent cushioning without the accompanying heavy weight. On top of it all, the sneakers are quite grippy, and board feel is excellent after the soles break in. 

New Balance Athletics, Inc. was founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company. They were previously known for manufacturing arch supports before they went on to create highly technical running shoes.

In 2013, New Balance decided to foray into the growing skateboarding market by launching their New Balance Numeric range. The company partnered with Black Box Distribution because of the latter’s industry expertise (founder Jamie Thomas is a pro skateboarder). Just like with many of New Balance’s shoes, the Numeric range featured numbers instead of shoe names.

Many, many skate shoes after, in July of 2018, New Balance unveiled yet another model in the form of the Numeric 420. These sneakers came from a ’70s running silhouette and the creative genius of Jeff Mikut and NB team rider Marquise Henry.

The shoes came out with the slogan, “Highly Skateable,” which is a nod to how much like runners these looked like but with the exception that these kicks can actually skate.

  • New Balance Numeric 420 skate shoes feature breathable mesh and synthetic leather uppers, rubber outsoles, and breathable textile linings.
  • Each shoe weighs around 311 grams.
  • Other colorways include black/black, burgundy/red, red/white, white/royal, and seafoam/orange.
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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.