Who should buy the New Balance XC72

Besides fans who adore unique-styled sneakers,  buy the New Balance XC-72 if:

  • You are looking for city kicks that have reliable traction on various surfaces
  • Excellent comfort is your priority in a sneaker
  • You prefer chrome-free suede sneakers to save the environment

Who should not buy

Look elsewhere if:

  • You're not comfortable wearing attention-grabbing silhouette and style
  • You hate wearing socks (its heel collar might chafe your heels)

Cool retro-futuristic style

The XC-72 takes most of its design cues from a 70's archived running model called the UXC72V1. It has a progressive, fashion-forward aesthetic that looks familiar yet very refreshing, retro but significantly ahead of time.

Hard ground traction design

Its two distinctive outsole patterns, uniquely angled midsoles, and extended rubber design from the outsole add oomph to the traditional low-cut design while enhancing its overall grippiness.

Excellent cushioning for cozy all-day wear

Although it doesn't have any modern cushioning, this pair feels more comfortable than you would expect. Like its New Balance siblings, it felt significantly cozy even when worn all day.

New Balance's signature premium quality

Its upper is finished off with soft leather, durable knit mesh and chrome-free pigskin suede. No visible glue stains or unfinished stitches seen on any part of the shoe. You'll definitely get to enjoy what you've paid for. 

Nice to know about the New Balance XC-72

  • The lateral part design of the split sole is derived from the XC15's gripper tread, while the medial part design is borrowed from the 375's.
  • The toe's squared design is influenced by concept car designs from the 70s.
  • The shoe's heel cup features an outsole tread pattern that came from the NB 620's herringbone soles.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Futuristic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Knit, Suede / Fabric
Season: Summer, Spring, Fall
Origin: Made in USA

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