Facts

  • 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

    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

    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
    $100
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The New Balance X-Racer has a low profile, which lets the ankles have an unrestricted range of motion. That enables the wearer to be more capable of adapting to sudden and rapid foot transitions.

This sneaker also uses a traditional lace-up closure to fasten up the mesh-nubuck upper. The lacing system locks in the feet with an adjustable fitting, hence the sneaker can be tied, securely, as loose or as tight according to the user's preference. Lastly, the NB X-Racer trainer is available in both men’s and women’s sizing.

As functional as it is stylish, the X-Racer looks razor-sharp in almost any kind of outfit as it pops out. Casual and sporty styles fit into the sneaker without effort. Ladies and gentlemen can put them on with a pair of regular-fit or slim-fit jeans or baggy cropped pants. Still, it looks best with the hems rolled up, as it accentuates the X-Racer’s robust silhouette. Sweatpants and joggers that taper down right at the ankles are excellent pairings to this model. For a top, a simple tee or a jacket would do.  

While not having a chunky midsole, its daring vibe reminds one of the Adidas Ozweegos and Puma Spectra. Perhaps the comparison is brought by the X-Racer’s odd shape and its vintage color blocking and paneling. That said, the X-Racer comes in over a dozen retro-inspired colorways. It’s diverse enough so men and women could get what they wanted.

Colorways available are phantom with Orion blue and coral flow, white with violet fluorite and light reef, summer fog with vivid cobalt, white with amazonite, yellow with black, steel with vivid cobalt, black with velocity red, stonewear with prism purple, rain cloud with black, pigment with eclipse, Munsell white with silver metallic, Munsell white with gold metallic, bleached guava with winter sky, light aluminum with supercell, and supercell with black and violet fluorite.

Setting itself apart from the bulky nature of its predecessor is its comparably slimmed-down silhouette. Despite its less-chunky sole, the X-Racer looks as daring and forward as can be. It showcases loud, retro color accenting, which is certain to turn heads.

Besides its stylish looks, the X-Racer features the brand’s topnotch cushioning tech, the ABZORB dual-density foam midsole. The ABZORD’s cell wall is consistent in thickness and uniform in cell size, thus resisting compression. While offering the same lightweight comfort as the EVA foam, the ABZORB foam lasts way more. Upon impact, the ABZORB’s improved cushioning and compression resistance absorbs shock as soon as the foot makes impact with the surface. That assures the wearer a soft, safe ride.

In this new NB silhouette, the old and the new are meshed up together to create the future. NB had taken inspiration from their underrated high-performance silhouettes (the archival M1200, RC205, M1000) from the late 1990s and early 2000s, mixed it all and put it into the X-Racer’s slimmed-down silhouette. NB did this with style.

The result is a downright retro sneaker, but NB had also added a twist by equipping it with recent modern advances in tech as well as style. Now what we have is a futuristic silhouette, aimed to get ahead of the race.

The X-Racer is just the second installment of the sports heritage-inspired X range, which was spearheaded by the X-90 model. The X range combines new and old high-performance and lifestyle designs. Looking at the results, it was as if NB is almost blurring the lines between the lifestyle and sports and creating forward-looking footwear.  

  • The prices vary depending on the colorway, as some colorways feature additional premium materials.
  • NB branding can be found in the sidewalls, toe box, heel, and in thin piping that runs around the shoe.

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