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.