Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
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Fit & Sizing
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.
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.
- 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.