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New Balance Pro Court 212 History
New Balance’s skate shoe brand, New Balance Numeric (NB#) was launched in 2013. Young as it is, NB# is most definitely backed by a long and impressive company history, spanning more than a hundred years. NB# skate shoes combine the company’s know-how with the passion for skateboarding, while never veering away from what New Balance is known for - comfortable, top-quality and innovative footwear.
The New Balance Pro Court 212 sneaker is a skate-specific adaptation of an original New Balance clay court tennis shoe that debuted in the 1970s. While the original relaxed shape is retained, the Pro Court 212 has an updated construction to meet the demands of modern everyday skating.
New Balance Pro Court 212 Style
Inspired by classic 1970s tennis shoes, the sneaker has a classic court silhouette embodied in a skate-ready design. The shoes also feature raised rubber toe caps that have become the rage among sneaker fans these days. Trendy as they are, Pro Court 212’s toe caps are a functional feature, meant to handle flip tricks during skating.
As an added feature, the sneaker’s suede Ollie patch not only enhances the shoe’s aesthetics, but also promises added durability, giving the shoe added capability to hold up to repeated foot scrapings.
Although the sneaker is purposely designed as a skating shoe, its timeless and clean silhouette appeals to the general sneaker-loving population. The shoe is available in several colorways from the simple black and white to the quirky cloud white with taco print.
Fit & Sizing
The New Balance Pro Court 212 is available in men’s sizes 6 to 13, in regular width (D). While the shoe hugs the heel, it has a roomy toe box, which some users found to be a positive attribute. The shoe generally runs true to size. Women need to go 1.5 sizes down to get their usual fit.
Geared to take on the rough treatment it is put through as a skate shoe, the sneaker features premium suede and asymmetrical material selections. The dual-construction of the upper further enhances the shoe’s strength. The N-durance rubber outsole (except for the black leather colorway, which has a gum rubber sole) is made from highly durable rubber compound and has the tried-and-tested herringbone tread pattern which ensures superior grip.
- The shoe has a vulcanized sole which may not provide as much protection and support as a cup sole, but are preferred by those looking for good board feel, lighter shoe weight and lesser bulk. Due to its vulcanized sole, the shoe is flexible and breaks in quickly.
- In addition, the N-durance rubber foxing tape keeps the shoe’s construction nicely put together as it attaches the sole to the upper, while affording abrasion resistance.
- The multi-layered raised rubber toe cap also adds to the sneaker’s durability. For all-day comfort, the closed cell polyurethane (PU) drop-in insert absorbs impact while ensuring a consistent fit.