Our verdict

Why resort to grey, black, or white New Balance dad kicks when you can liven up your style with multicoloured ones? New Balance 5740, a 574 descendant decked with loud ‘80s colors, lets you get funky with your rather run-of-the-mill daily getup. It's hard to pass up on a budget-friendly kick that flaunts a high-grade leather cover and wear-resistant underside.


  • Colourful
  • Moderately soft cushioning
  • Velvety suede
  • Solid upper
  • Durable outsole
  • Reflective
  • Ample airflow


  • Spacious forefoot
  • Quite heavy

Audience verdict


Who should buy the New Balance 57/40

You'd hardly say NO to this shoe if:

  • You're an NB 574 devotee
  • You prefer modern touches on a vintage shoe
  • You want varsity-looking shoes in velvety suede
  • You are looking for New Balance shoes that aren't above £110

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Who should NOT buy it

  • If you prefer the purely classic design, check out the NB 574
  • If you want a lightweight sneaker that has wide widths, try the NB 990 
  • If you prefer a more fashion-forward style, see the New Balance 327

New Balance 57/40 shud not

New Balance 57/40: A tweaked, tuned up NB574

New Balance 57/40 happens when the classic New Balance 574 gets spun of vivid and robust ‘80s colours - the kind you’ll find on the ‘90s Apple logo - plus modern cosmetics and retooling. It inches away slightly from the shadow of the NB 574s and the traditional stitching and looks of the NB classics. Nonetheless, it still hits the core of the dad shoe crowd and seekers of classic-rooted kicks. 

New Balance 57/40 introduction

Its underside isn't pillowy soft or stiff

We found the footbed to be neither squishy nor “brick-like.” It doesn't offer the same cushy underfoot feel we get from React Element kicks, but it isn't too rigid that it will take all the fun of wearing it. 

New Balance 57/40 not pillowy soft

Supple suede dominates the top

Talk about crazy, fine detailing! The suede finish feels really smooth and velvety. 

New Balance 57/40 suede

True to the inscription on the inner tongue (The Intelligent Choice), this shoe is wrapped in an interplay of suede, nubuck, tumbled leather, and mesh, all done in premium grade. The nicely stitched layers really make its cover sturdy. 

New Balance 57/40 tough cover

Its lugs don't smooth out fast

We absolutely love the enlarged tread pattern! Upon testing the sneaker, we realised it doesn't wear out too soon, making it ready for grinding. The hard-wearing retooled lugs offer grip, reminiscent of the 574’s trail heritage shoes.

New Balance 57/40 lugs

Splashy even in the dark

The silvery notes on the top make the shoe noticeable at night! Such a cool feature.

New Balance 57/40 splashy

Breathability isn't an issue

Based on our tests - and some of them happened in hot weather - this kick breathes well enough despite its layering, especially when worn sockless.

New Balance 57/40 breathable

Ideal for whole-day use

Nothing's spectacular to expect about its EVA-made ENCAP cushioning. That said, it cradles the foot against shock, making it comfy all-day footwear.

New Balance 57/40 whole day use

Its rear side clasps the foot

Heel clip, in our experience, offers some backend support. It securely grabs the heel without hampering natural foot movement.

New Balance 57/40 heel clip

Roomy around the toes 

Unlike the tight-fitting toe of the 574 Leather and NB Made in US 993, the forefoot section of this shoe feels roomy and doesn't hug the foot.

New Balance 57/40 roomy toes

Clunkier than other NB shoes

It feels quite bulkier than New Balance kicks with REVlite foam.

New Balance 57/40 bulky