Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Quite a few people found the New Balance 255 shoes to be very durable and well-made. One of them mentioned that his pair still looked good even after 100 kickflips and 100 heelflips.
  • Many reviewers described the low-top sneakers as very comfortable and cushioned without giving a bulky look. They also stated that the shoes hugged the feet well.
  • The New Balance footwear contains a lot of cushioning for pushing.
  • Plenty of users commended the style of the New Balance Numeric 255. One said that the New Balance shoes are “always a solid choice” when it comes to design.
  • The sneakers have very grippy soles, according to several consumers. One of them likened the shoes to the Vans Era Pros when it came to grip.
  • A couple of customers complimented the 255 for its great board feel and flexible soles.
  • Two buyers were extremely pleased with the colors of the shoes.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several customers stated that the New Balance NM 255 runs small.
  • Some reviewers recounted that their shoes needed breaking in because they felt tight for the first few uses.

Bottom line

The New Balance 255 are exceptionally-made shoes that are sturdy without sacrificing mobility nor comfort. The sneakers can withstand much abuse from what serious skateboarders can put them through and still look good by the end of the day. Excellent board feel, grippy and flexible soles, and plenty of cushioning to protect from impact are the cherries on top.

The shoes need a bit of breaking in, however, as they can be slightly stiff when new. The model also comes in small so sizing up must be considered.

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Good to know

The men’s New Balance Numeric 255 silhouette is offered in sizes ranging from 6 to 14. This is not to say that women who like the look of the shoes may not purchase. Typically, women just need to go down a size and a half from their regular shoe size to enjoy men’s sneakers. 

While the New Balance Numeric shoes are made to fit true to size, this model tends to run small. A half size up from your regular measurement should get you a comfortable fit. For women, this means just going down a whole size instead of a size and a half.

The cushioned heel cups of the New Balance NM 255 keep the feet comfortably and securely in the shoes without the shoes digging into the heels. Lace closures keep the fit adjustable.

Skateboarding clothing tends to be loose to allow for movement. However, that doesn’t mean just keeping to simple tees and joggers. You can also elevate your style a tad by wearing brown chinos, a black shirt (nothing so simple as a solid-hued tee please), and a black denim jacket. Pair these with any of the available colorways for the sneakers, except for the white kicks. They’re sure to match well.

The New Balance 255 is available in all black, black/gum, all white, burgundy/grey, and forest/white.

The men’s New Balance Numeric 255 features rubber soles with N-durance technology which, when combined with the hexagon tread patterns, result in very grippy outsoles that will keep you glued to your board. The shoes’ insoles, which are about only 1cm thick, are able to absorb most types of impacts nonetheless and will help protect the feet from bruises.

The suede material of these shoes is super durable and is able to withstand hours upon hours of kickflips and will still retain their form by the end of the skating session.

New Balance first launched their skateboarding division in 2012 and called this the New Balance Numeric or New Balance #. The models under the Numeric skate collection boast of clean lines and technical materials that are geared toward enhancing and boosting a skateboarder’s performance.

One of the shoes under the Numeric line is the New Balance 255. The New Balance 255 is an updated version of the Numeric 254 or, as others call it, the Quincy 254. The Quincy 254 was one of the Numeric line’s best-selling silhouettes and is known for comfort, durability, and excellent board feel.

The New Balance 255 shoes keep the Quincy 254 tradition alive and takes it a notch higher with a much more durable mix of materials that will give you excellent flicks and Ollies and redesigned foxing tapes.

  • The New Balance 255 shoes feature insoles made of closed cell polyurethane.
  • The sneakers weigh around 500 grams each shoe.


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