Verdict from 9 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance PJ Ladd 533 v2 comes in a wide array of stylish colorways.
  • Its streamlined silhouette exudes a refined appeal that makes it versatile enough to pair with a multitude of casual outfits, based on a few wearers' opinions.
  • A lot of fans of PJ Ladd were ecstatic with this updated version of the pro skateboarder's signature model.
  • Several skaters commended the kick's excellent grip as it provides perfect board control.
  • The shoe's hidden lacing system is effective against lace breakage, according to most skaters.
  • Most reviewers use "comfortable" to describe the New Balance PJ Ladd 533 v2.
  • It is a pair of a stylish skate shoe, based on the more significant number of reviews.
  • Majority of the consumers found the sneaker to be well constructed and highly durable.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the buyers disclosed that the shoe felt too narrow in the toe area.

Bottom line

As the second generation of PJ Ladd's signature skate shoe, updates in the New Balance PJ Ladd 533 v2 are to be expected. Grounded in its predecessor's skate performance, technologies such as a hidden lacing system and more breathable side panels are added for enhanced skate efficiency.

However, the shoe's vintage styling and timeless design appealed to non-skaters as well. Its versatility, sleek colorways, superb comfort, and durability are what made people cop a pair. If you're seeking a great go-to everyday sneaker that will last, then this kick might be a worthwhile purchase.

The New Balance PJ Ladd 533 v2 is exclusively available in men's sizes that range from 8 to 13. Ladies who want to cop a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size.

Although some found the shoe to fit true to size, more reviewers said that it felt too narrow in the toe area and recommended going half a size up.

Displaying a refined version of the classic skate shoe, the New Balance PJ Ladd 533 v2 exudes a stylishly sleek vibe. It offers a more mature take on the bulky classic skate kick, while beautifully contrasting colors provide an attractive focal point to your ensemble. The guys can pair it with the usual jeans or shorts but dressing it in chinos and a button-down shirt exudes a heritage-inspired outfit. Ladies can match it with a high-waist cropped trousers and a vintage tee for a laidback cool look.

This low-top kick is very detailed despite its streamlined silhouette. One detail that makes it stand out is the option to "hide" your shoelaces to prevent breakage. You can do this by lifting a tab provided on the tongue.

The use of various colors throughout the shoe is also quite creative as it elevates the pair's overall design. Lastly, the mixture of different materials and the perforation details on the side provide textures that add a touch of luxe to the shoe.

Introduced in 1906, New Balance has established a huge following in over its 100 years of existence. The brand started out producing arch supports and from there expanded to producing running footwear. It seems that they have found their niche as they became coveted for their excellent running footwear. Soon some of its customers who were also into skateboarding started asking the company to make shoes that cater to the demands of the said sport. Eventually, in 2013, New Balance launched its skate category named the New Balance Numeric.

New Balance Numeric's brand manager, Sebastian Palmer who is also a skateboarder, shared that the company's aim for the sub-brand is to provide the best possible skate shoes by using the brand's time-tested quality and technologies.

Today, the Numeric houses a decent selection of skate shoes, from low-top to mid-top and court-inspired styles. One of these shoes is the New Balance PJ Stratford 533, Numeric's first ever signature model. It is a team model but PJ Ladd, a pro skater, contributed to the kick's design hence having the "PJ" in the model's name.

A few years later, Numeric along with PJ Ladd released the 533's offspring and aptly named it the New Balance PJ Ladd 533 v2. Using its predecessor's design as groundwork, the 533 v2 features updates such as hidden lacing system, improved internal fit and side panels.

  • It is offered in Medium width.
  • The shoe’s upper is crafted from a combination of suede, leather, and textile fabrics.
  • All these sit atop a cupsole construction.
  • It features a Revlite insert that is detachable.

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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.