Verdict from 10 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance Numeric 913 Pro Model has earned high recommendations from skaters and sneaker fans for its superior quality and technical features.
  • It’s an affordable skate shoe.
  • Many wearers express that the New Balance Numeric 913 Pro Model looks solid and dope on feet.
  • A lot of testers are impressed with the NM 913 Pro Model’s superb level of comfort, arch support, as well as breathability.
  • Its heel impact protection feels incredible, some users have added.
  • The NM 913 Pro Model is built to withstand long sessions of harsh shredding, according to various pro skaters.
  • A few users have mentioned that its pointed box adds more board control.
  • It breaks in, in less than thirty minutes of skating, at least one reviewer has noted.
  • A handful of skaters like the TPU eyerows that reinforces stability while keeping the laces tucked down and protected from ripping.
  • Based on general reviews, this skate shoe runs true to size.
  • Some satisfied customers shared about purchasing another pair of NM 913 Pro Models.
  • One reviewer claims this is kind of tech skate shoe other brands are trying to make, but only New Balance has succeeded.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several users with wide feet have reported that it feels tight around the toe box, that their toes pinched while walking.
  • The suede at the toe area deforms, which a few wearers don’t like.
  • It has a noisy squeak which only disappears after a month of wear, at least one user has brought up.
  • A couple of skaters think its tongue ought to have more padding.

Bottom line

New Balance goes “fearlessly technical” with Brandon Westgate’s first pro model, the Numeric 913. Priced not more than $100, the NM 913 Pro Model has more tech features than the other Numeric shoes. It features a supportive FantomFit-engineered upper with a high-abrasion suede toe box. It also has mesh panels and perforations for breathability.

Underfoot, a full-length REVlite midsole—equipped with an N2 pad and TPU insert at the heel—provides stability and high-impact cushioning. Lastly, a wave-treaded NDurance outsole delivers long-lasting grip and flexibility. Indeed, this sneaker is built for the long haul.

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Good to know

Featuring the Fantom Fit, its suede-mesh upper is “skeletally engineered” to make it more supportive while keeping it breathable and lightweight. Moreover, with its low-cut collar and a lace-up closure system, the NM 913 Pro Model lets the ankles exercise full mobility while locking in the feet securely with a custom fit.

These NB shoes are available in men’s sizing, which ranges from 6 to 13. All are set in standard (D) width.

It has that rough and tough look of a skate shoe that is built for heavy shredding at the streets and parks. Just like a true classic, it looks better when it ages and worn out. Its weathered, seasoned style matches well with the casual, staple clothing, which one wears for years and years.

An old pair of faded, frayed jeans fits these 913s perfectly, as well as khaki pants, shorts, chinos, etc. For tops, the simpler, the better. So go for a tee-shirt or a sweater. Moreover, this NB model comes in a handsome variety of colorways—sea salt, sand with blue, teal with black, navy with white, light grey with dark grey, and more.    

From the upper right down to the outsole, it boasts of ingenious technologies which bring skateboarding to another level. It excels most in terms of cushioning and preventing heel bruises. The responsive REVlite midsole is packed with the techy nitrogen-fused N2 cushioning system at the heel.

In 2013, New Balance launched the Numerics range, which was their entry into the skate industry. Using their specialties in making topnotch athletic shoes, the brand has produced high-performance skate shoes. One of the best in the range, or the most technical, is the Numeric 913 Pro Model, designed by pro skater Brandon Westgate and brought to life by New Balance.  

  • The REVlite midsole is 30% lighter than other proprietary foams with comparable performance.


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.