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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 7.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many purchasers were delighted that the PJ Stratford 533 is now available in several new colorways.
  • Several skaters mentioned that they are satisfied when they skated with this performance skate shoe.
  • The perforations on the sides of the sneaker give breathability, especially in warm weather.
  • This skate shoe offers acceptable board feel, according to a few reviews.
  • A significant number of users mentioned that the shoe has a clean, good-looking design.
  • A few wearers highlighted that the New Balance PJ Stratford 533 is a versatile pair of sneaker as it can be worn for skating, at work and on a casual day out.
  • More than a few said that the shoe is of good quality and durable.
  • A great value for money.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most wearers said it runs small.
  • Some users were disappointed because the PJ Stratford 533 is too narrow.
  • A few mentioned that they need to remove the insole to wear the shoe comfortably with socks.
  • The shoe needs a long break-in period, according to few users.

Bottom line

With the shoe’s great design, premium construction, and impressive performance, the New Balance PJ Stratford 533 skate sneaker continues to capture the heart of the skaters and sneaker fans.  The shoe has modern innovations for an improved performance but still packed with old school New Balance look and quality.


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New Balance PJ Stratford 533 History

The New Balance PJ Stratford 533 is the first New Balance numeric signature model. It was first released as a team model but, PJ Ladd, a pro skater, contributed a lot to the design and improvement of the shoe.  The skate shoe was linked to him and hence, the presence of his name “PJ” on the official shoe model name.

Evolving for the better, some of the enhancements made for the PJ Stratford 533 include the premium suede and mesh upper construction and the N-Durance rubber outsole compound for a durable grip.

New Balance PJ Stratford 533 Style

The PJ Stratford 533 is a low-profile performance skate shoe that features the classic New Balance look. With its bold texture, impressive design details and fresh colorways, this sneaker looks good with jeans and shorts or with just any skating outfit.

Fit & Sizing

This performance skate shoe has a narrow fit and New Balance recommends sneaker fans to buy a half-size bigger than the brand’s regular lifestyle shoes. Available in men’s sizing, sneakerqueens have to go 1.5 size down. New Balance offers this skate shoe in sizes 6 to 13.

Notable Features

The exquisitely clean and simple design that is every bit very fresh is an outstanding feature of the PJ Stratford 533. New Balance is offering this shoe to skaters and anyone who wishes a no-hassle and very functional shoe that can also mix it up for everyday casual wear.

Additional Info

  • The classic NB PJ Stratford 533 skate shoe has a combination of suede and mesh upper with breathable laser perforations. It also features the closed cell PU insert that is designed for maximum impact protection.
  • Lastly, this performance skate shoe utilizes the notable New Balance N-durance rubber outsole compound that provides reliable grip, enhanced board feel and durability.
  • PJ Ladd has been designing shoes for 10 years and he is part of the New Balance skate team together with Arto Saari, Levi Brown, Tom Karangelov, Tyler Surrey and many other pro skaters.