Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $70
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Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

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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New Balance Pro Court History

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.

New Balance Pro Court Style

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.

Fit & Sizing

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.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.