Verdict from 100+ user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • Numerous buyers love its court-inspired casual style that is suited for jeans, shorts, and skirts.
  • Most of its fans love the simple yet stylish looks and available colors that are great for the summer.
  • Canvas material keeps sneakers cool and well ventilated for street wear.
  • A lot of reviewers considered the simple silhouette and no frills design of the canvas shoes to be really good.
  • Some liked the herringbone pattern on the outsole as it has a good grip on the surface and superior traction.
  • Customers love the budget-friendly price of $69 for each pair of the casual kicks.
  • Many bought them for its retro feel and nostalgic vibe of the classic 1970s sneaker.
  • While it is a popular hoops shoe in the 1970s, the New Balance Pro Court has now transitioned into a modern lifestyle shoe.
  • An online commenter says the laces are long and fat but the wide eyelets let you tighten up however you like.
  • Positive comments were noted in the textile inner lining that is soft and comfortable.
  • A few commenters claimed that if there’s any consolation, the insoles are removable so users can insert arch support for those with flat feet.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Most users claim the poor arch support could be uncomfortable for long walks.
  • Some wearers noted the shoes were heavy and uncomfortable for extended wear.
  • A selected number of reviewers pointed out that the insole, midsole, and outsole tend to break and tear easily causing discomfort to users.
  • The shoes, according to a good number of reviewers, are not durable enough.
  • Several of those who ordered online remarked that these shoes ran large and wide than actual size.

Bottom line

With its vintage looks and no frills design, the New Balance Pro Court is the perfect everyday casual sneaker.  The shoe takes its classic professional basketball roots in the seventies to another level with a sleeker silhouette and simple color ways for that off-the-cuff retro street wear that is a great pair of jeans and shorts. Whatever praise it gets from its looks, however, is often undermined by its lack of arch support and cushioning.

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Good to know

The New Balance Pro Court runs fairly true to size. It is available in a unisex size 4 to 13 with the men’s sizing as a base. Women’s sizes are usually 1 ½ size smaller than men’s size. Meanwhile, the shoe is also available in toddler’s and kid’s sizes.

In terms of style, the New Balance Pro Court keeps a good balance of retro hard court looks and a modern casual flair for the street smart sneaker fan.

Releasing two new styles of the rubber and canvas Pro Court the design of the new model has white canvas upper sitting on top of an off-white rubber sole. Adding to its vintage appeal is retro detailing of a lightly padded collar, textile lining, and a heritage toe cap. Finishing its throwback looks are a herringbone patterned outsole.

While this retro classic seems to be laid back with its design, among the notable features of the New Balance Pro Court are its solid rubber outsole with a herringbone pattern at the bottom that has a good traction and superior durability. The canvas material for the upper is also breathable and comfortable. It also has a textile lining for added comfort and cushioning. Completing the vintage looks are its suede N logo and canvas detailing.

New Balance remains unique and closer to its users mainly because it gives more value for the buck. While other brands rely mostly on the star power behind their shoes, this All-American brand remained true to its mission by focusing on quality and comfort rather than the hype of the shoe that can quickly fade away with a bad shoe fit, easily worn out soles or uncomfortable experience in wearing the shoe.

Keeping true to its mission of focusing on the shoe rather than the stars that endorsed them, the Boston-based athletic shoe manufacturer has reached deep down into its archives as it forayed into lifestyle kicks by releasing the New Balance Pro Court.

Originally launched as a tennis shoe and later on used popularly as a basketball shoe in the 1970s, the Pro Court was largely forgotten at the turn of the century.

The newer model of the New Balance Pro Court was released in January 2013 and immediately gained quite a lot of fans loving the simple rubber and canvas silhouette and casual charms of the hard court throwback.

  • The shoe secures with full lace-up closure with textile lining inside.
  • Removable insole provides all-day comfort.
  • Solid rubber outsole offers long-lasting durability and surface grip.
  • Other variations of the New Balance Pro Court that has recently been released include the Pro Court Canvas, Pro Court Suede, Pro Court Heritage Canvas, and Pro Court 212.


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