Size and fit

The New Balance X-90 is available in both men’s and women's sizes. Its mesh or suede upper is constructed in a stretchable one-piece cleaty design and functions like a slip-on when putting it on. The shoe also features a traditional lace-up closure for an adjustable fit. The collars are padded for added cushioning and comfort.

New Balance X-90 Style

Showcasing everything that's good in the sneaker world's story, the New Balance X-90 displays the best of both modern and old-school shoe designs. Its low-top, sleek upper would look right at home amongst today's minimal sneakers while its chunky midsole design brings back the era of baggy pants and beefy sneakers.

Some consumers have called the X90 as New Balance's version of the dad sneaker trend, but when you give it a thought, New Balance has been doing it from the very start. The shoe may appeal to today's generation of sock-like fit obsessed sneaker enthusiasts, but it did not completely abandon its predecessors' signature chunky aesthetic.

With its low-top profile and color schemes, the shoe is easy to pair with a multitude of outfits and draws the eye down towards the feet, adding a stylish focal point to any ensemble.

  Men’s styling suggestions

The men could pair this kick with shorts and a button-down tee for a casual summer outfit or opt for a pair of cuffed jeans, a crisp button-down polo, and a cap for a dressier look. For a cozy and sporty look, reach for your trusty sweatpants and sweatshirt combo for a comfortably stylish ensemble.

  Ladies’ styling suggestions

For a casual and feminine outfit, the women could opt for leggings or shorts and a flowy top. Skirts and dresses of any length could make for a comfortable and effortlessly stylish ensemble for spring and summer. For a vintage-inspired look, go for a pair of high-waisted denim jeans and a vintage band tee tucked in, then accessorize with a belt to cinch your waist and finished with a dainty necklace.

Notable Features

This kick's unique hybrid style of both contemporary and 90s inspired look bathed in unique color schemes make for a fashionably attractive item for most consumers. The X-90 had seamlessly married today’s streamlined silhouettes with the 90’s bold midsole trend. The brand utilized either a knitted cleatie or precision-cut nubuck upper depending on the shoe’s colorway.

The New Balance X-90’s lightweight and breathable upper combined with the soles aesthetic and the REVlite technology's responsiveness and durability makes this shoe appealing to most enthusiasts.

New Balance X-90 History

New Balance has been in operation since 1906. With over 100 years in the business, the brand has inevitably gathered an enormous following. The brand is popular for their efficient running footwear, and when the atmosphere in the sneaker world switched from sports to casual, classic NB models have also crossed over. Some of the NB classics that became lifestyle superstars are the sneakers from the 99x range.

The New Balance X-90 took design cues from the brand's 99x series by plucking out details from each sneaker model in the series. So it's only right that we start the history of the X90 from its predecessors. The New Balance 990 was the first shoe that came out from the series, and it is also considered as one of the brand's most celebrated style throughout the years. The New Balance 990 sneaker model debuted in 1982 and was conceived from a challenge to create the most innovative running shoe during that time.

The introduction of the NB 990 was met by doubt by many consumers due to its high price point, as it was the first athletic pair to be sold at a three-digit mark. But naysayers and doubters were silenced when consumers tried the shoe and found it worthwhile. In fact, sales hit ten times the projected sales in just half a year, which also made the 990 a significant part of the brand.

Some of the famous personalities who rocked one of the many pairs from the New Balance 99x series are Steve Jobs, Jennifer Garner, Pharrell Williams, Ben Affleck, Minka Kelly, Chris Brown, Fergie, Giovanni Ribisi, Kendall Marshall, Kanye West, and Denzel Washington.

Many years later, the 990 spawned countless sneaker models, and one of them is the New Balance X-90. This sneaker model combines today's modern sneaker aesthetic of minimal, lightweight designs and the chunky midsoles of the 99x's retro running sneakers. Its midfoot strap design is said to be derived from the New Balance 997 Hytrel while it got the ABZORB window aesthetic from the 991 model.


The New Balance X90 shoes come in a wide array of colorways. This includes rain cloud with mineral sage, black with Himalayan salt, smoke blue with petrol, white with pomegranate, marblehead, galaxy, moonbeam with pigment, outerbanks with magnet, pigment with red, black with magnet, black with rain cloud and classic blue, white, black, goldrush with Castlerock, burgundy with navy, covert green with varsity orange, outerspace with pink, munsell white with classic blue and chili pepper, and sea salt and bone.

Also, the END. Clothing store released a collaborative pack of the New Balance X90 called the "Dusk Pack," which houses two colorways.

Additional Info

  • Prices vary depending on a specific sneaker model’s materials and pack it belongs in. Models that belong in the Modern Essentials Pack come with a synthetic/mesh upper. Other models are made of suede/mesh and engineered knit/synthetic.
  • Its insoles are removable.
  • “X-90” is printed on the insoles.
  • Nubuck-crafted models feature perforation details to provide enhanced breathability.
  • These sneakers are topped off with mini New Balance N-logos.
  • The New Balance X90 comes in a reconstructed iteration.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.