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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 8.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

15 reasons to buy

  • Many of the reviewers commented on how comfortable the sneaker is.
  • Some remarked that the sneaker performs well as a skating shoe, providing an excellent board feel.
  • A large percentage of users noted that the sneaker accommodates wider feet, having a nice and roomy toe box.
  • The sneaker’s solid bottom sole offers lots of grip and cushioning without sacrificing board feel, a couple of reviewers happily observed.
  • Some remarked on New Balance Pro Court’s good looks.
  • The suede Ollie patch and toe cap provide excellent support, protection and feel, some users reported.
  • Some stated the shoe does not need any break-in period, performing well fresh from the box.
  • Some reviewers commented on the sneaker’s great technology and good quality at a bargain price, priced at $20+ lesser than other brands.
  • The shoe has a good and easily replaceable insole, one user approved.
  • The sneaker, while nicely snug in the heel, is wider at the toes. Attributes some fans are happy about.
  • The New Balance Pro Court 212 feels awesome, a user who has been suffering from Achilles tendonitis delightfully reported.
  • One reviewer approved that the shoe’s foxing/rubber around the sole does not come off onto the board, so the sneaker can be worn when going out as well.
  • The shoe offers good flexibility, one reviewer noted.
  • A reviewer remarked on the sneaker’s good breathability.
  • The sneaker is durable, able to hold well with frequent use, a couple of reviewers observed.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of purchasers had issues with the sneaker’s laces.
  • The shoe fell apart too quickly, a couple of reviewers reported.
  • It runs a little large, a few reviewers recommended ordering a half size smaller.
  • It was a struggle doing heel flips in the sneakers the first few times of wearing them, a user noted.

Bottom line

In response to the overwhelming demand from both consumers and team riders, New Balance Numeric picked this clean and classic silhouette from New Balance’s rich tennis heritage. Skate-specific functionality was then applied to the shoe. For durability, the standard canvas upper was upgraded to sturdier leather and suede. For padding and support, the sneaker features the closed-cell PU removable insole. With its timeless, but original silhouette, the shoe certainly stands out, providing a welcome respite from the monotony of rubber toe-capped shoes.


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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.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.