Verdict from 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance 440 comes in a number of colorway options.
  • Some testers think that this sneaker is the best one they've tried for skateboarding so far.
  • The shoe's sleek demeanor displays a versatile style that's timeless and versatile, which most consumers appreciate.
  • A lot of reviewers used the word "comfortable" to describe this pair.
  • Its N-Durance rubber outsole provides excellent grip and board control, based on some skaters' opinions.
  • The sneaker is durable, attested a number of shoe users.
  • A couple of skateboarders said that it offers superb board feel.
  • It is a good quality product offered at a reasonable price, shared by some consumers.

1 reason not to buy

  • A few reviewers claim that the kick felt smaller than expected.

Bottom line

The New Balance 440 displays a slimmed down running aesthetic but in a durable skate built, making for a versatile pair that can impress on and off the board. Grounded in performance skateboarding, the shoe is highly durable and provides excellent impact protection with its C-Cap EVA heel wedge technology, perfect for all-day sessions doing big tricks. These attributes combined with its stylishly timeless design could also benefit casual users for everyday use. At $75, this kick is a good deal considering its affordable price, ageless style, and functionality.

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Good to know

The New Balance 440 is a unisex shoe that is offered in men's sizes that range from 6 to 13. Ladies who want to purchase a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their normal shoe size. The shoe generally fits true to size. A few reviewers, though, claim that it felt smaller than their other pair and recommended going up a size.

It utilizes the traditional lace-up closure to provide a snug and lockdown fit. New Balance's signature technology called the C-Cap heel wedge offers added soft cushioning and absorbs impact.

Outfitted in a sleek low-top silhouette, the New Balance 440 is rooted in the design of one of the brand's running silhouette from the 70s. The shoe exudes a vintage appeal that's retro sporty, and timeless at the same time. The guys can dress it up in a crewneck sweatshirt, shorts, high socks, and a five-panel cap for a day in the skate park, while the ladies can opt for a fun vintage ensemble by going for high-waisted jeans and a cropped top.

This kick's use of mix materials provides contrasting textures that are stylish and adds character too. The upper is crafted from suede, perforated leather, and mesh. High wear and tear areas feature multiple layers of suede for added durability and help resist wear and tear. All these goodies sit atop a cupsole and an N-Durance rubber outsole that offers cushioning and grip respectively.

New Balance 440 is one of the many skate shoes that belong to the brand's skate sub-brand called New Balance Numeric or NB#. The company has established an incredible professional skateboarding team and has revamped some of their most popular silhouettes in order to be skate-equipped. With the superior quality that the brand is known for and with the help of its riders, Numeric and its products are reliable when it comes to meeting skate's demands.

The New Balance 440, in particular, is a running-inspired skate kick that took inspiration from the brand's heritage. New Balance dug in its archives from the 70s and came up with a sleek skate sneaker with a runner's flair. It is available in a number of colorways that could easily be paired with most casual ensembles.

  • Perforation detailing is placed in the toe box and heel for added breathability.
  • Both the collar and tongue are padded for enhanced cushioning and cozy comfort.
  • Branding can be seen on the sides, tongue, and heel
  • Some of the colorways have a gum sole.
  • The Numeric sub-brand was introduced in 2013 and is managed by skateboarders.
  • Some of the colorways available are the following: Grey and Navy, Sea Salt and Forest Green, Black and White, Grey and White, Green and Yellow, and Black and Grey.


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