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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.

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Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

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- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
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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.