Size and fit

The New Balance X-Racer from New Balance 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.

New Balance X-Racer Style

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.

Notable Features

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 top-notch 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 hits the surface. That assures the wearer a soft, safe ride.

New Balance X-Racer History

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 lifestyle and sports and creating forward-looking footwear.  

Nice to know

  • 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.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Futuristic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic, New Balance Abzorb
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole, Nubuck, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
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.