Size and fit

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.

New Balance Numeric 420 Style

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. 

Notable Features

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 Numeric 420 History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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 is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.