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

9 reasons to buy

  • Several skateboarders mentioned that the New Balance Quincy 254 provided a good amount of board feel.
  • This shoe is well constructed, solid, and without the technical accents on the exterior, according to several buyers.
  • Skaters highly recommended this shoe as it gave them smooth glide and freedom of movement.
  • Skateboarders noted that the outsole is very long-lasting and provides safe grip.
  • Considering its strength against wear, the shoe is spot on and budget-friendly.
  • A buyer commented that copping a multiple pair is truly worth it as the Quincy 254 lasts longer than anticipated.
  • The sole flexes well coupled by an equally comfortable and snug insole.
  • Many reviewers noted the lightweight feature of this skate shoe.
  • 8 of the 11 gradient variations of the Quincy 254 are available at discounted rates.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The double stitch on the lateral side started to rip off over a period of time, according to few skaters.
  • The shoe runs a bit small.
  • A skater commented that the back of the heel is rather hard and “sharp”.

Bottom line

The Quincy 254 is the most affordable and best-selling performance skate shoes under the New Balance Numeric line. The SRP dropped few digits lower for the majority of its colorways. The ideal components of a skateboard shoe are built into the Quincy 254. This includes freedom of movement, comfort, durability, grip, and board feel.

Skaters get a good grip on the board with the durable rubber hex-pattern outsole which is able to withstand impact, wear, and damage, for a considerable length of time. The sole flexes effortlessly while riding and pushing around with the board and adequately through a variety of tricks. And as one lands on the ground, the soft insole provides the needed cushioning.

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New Balance Quincy 254 History

New Balance has worked over a century in building its a solid reputation in the footwear industry. Back in the early 1900s, they were called New Balance Arch Support Company, recognized for their orthopedic shoes.

Gradually the brand leaped from one sport to another, creating innovative variations for running, tennis, cross-training, hiking, and hoops. In 2013, the Massachusetts-based brand glided into the streets to cater the rising culture of skateboarding. It created an entire line of skate shoes which it called New Balance Numeric.

It has built a young community and teamed up with some of the notable skateboarders across the globe, such as PJ Ladd, Arto Saari, Levi Brown, Tom Karangelov, Tyler Surrey, Tom Knox, Jordan Taylor, Marquise Henry, Jack Curtin, Jordan Trahan, among many others.

New Balance took cues from its reputable running trainers and remastered timeless skate shoes that has drawn interest to skateboard communities across continents.

One of the familiar skating silhouettes by this American brand is the Quincy 254, which ricochets an equally premium performing brand of decks with a US trademark. The Quincy 254 joins its skateboarding brothers: its nearly identical Brighton 344, and the better performing ones like the Stratford 479 and the Logan 637.

New Balance Quincy 254 Style

The Quincy 254 was made to rule the streets. A reliable foot gear created to satisfy the needs of skateboarders and a comfortable, slim pair of casual footwear ideal for strutting along the streets.  It blends well with jeans, shorts, and practically any everyday wear.

Fit & Sizing

Shoes under the New Balance Numeric collection have a narrow fit. The brand suggests to order half-size bigger than the New Balance lifestyle shoes for a true fit. The Quincy 254 variations are in men’s sizing. It is generally available from 6 to 13 US size in standard width. However, some of the colorways may not have the complete range of sizes.

Notable Features

Skateboarding can pose a great degree of strain on the feet and skaters rely on the flexibility of their shoe to have fuller control over their decks. The vulcanized aspect of the Quincy 254 is its standout quality.

Unlike its counterpart, the cup soled variety made with a thicker sole, this vulc shoe is slimmer and thinner, and weigh less. The Quincy 254 vulc finish gives its user the freedom of movement and board feel to be able to achieve various kinds of tricks such as grind, ollie, and slide.

Additional Info

  • The Quincy 254 is available in 11 gradient upper variations: pure black; black and white; black with gum (tan colored rubber sole); black with gray and red (lining); stone with black and tan (branding and heel tab); slate (grayish) with black; olive with gum; cloud with gum; team red; sea salt (off white) with black and a reverse colorway of black with sea salt.
  • The bottom portion of this vulcanized shoe consists of multi layers of rubber which are bonded together before it is attached to the upper using a strip of rubber called Foxing Tape. This strip is then wrapped around the outer wall of the shoe sole.
  • A layer of molded EVA insole, which is a soft cushioning underneath the foot, provides the comfy fit and protection against impacts.
  • The flip side of the shoe has honeycomb-like pattern with varying thickness in the high-wearing areas, particularly under the ball of the foot and heel.
  • The outsole is made of N-durance rubber outsole, an authentic gum that delivers superb strength and grip.
  • Toe protection is built into the forefoot area to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period of time.
  • The upper is made of durable suede.