Who should buy the New Balance 597

The New Balance 597 is a great option for people who look for sneakers that go with most outfits, versatile yet stylish.

New Balance 597 logo

Superb support

The ENCAP midsole of the New Balance 597 brings superb cushion and support.

New Balance 597 midsole


The mesh parts of the New Balance 597 add breathability.

New Balance 597 mesh

Great performance of New Balance 597

The rubber outsole gives excellent traction and great performance.

New Balance 597 sole

Comfortable in-shoe feeling 

The 597’s padded tongue and collar enhance the in-shoe feel. A cushioned insole adds a little more meat when it comes to cushioning.

New Balance 597 inner

History of New Balance 597 

The New Balance 597 is one of the classic NB shoes that has been modified to fit modern-day fashion. The classic aesthetic of the brand that people know and adore can be seen in the present New Balance 597 model.

Its upper is given a suede, leather, and mesh revamp. Various colorways have been produced for the pair.  There are also reissues with an essence of luxury by using premium leather.

New Balance 597 materials

Many would wonder why the New Balance model names are numbers instead of unique and creative names. Terry Heckler, the designer behind the N Logo found on the sneakers, said that numbers make the shoes more technical. 

New Balance 597 leather logo

It will also prevent the unique titles from conflicting with the brand. New Balance owner and chairman Jim Davis listened to his suggestion and the rest is history. On the technical side, the numbers indicate the features and benefits of the model.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic
Colorways: Grey / Black / Blue / Purple / White / Red / Beige / Green
SKUs: MD597DBW / ML597AAB / ML597BGN / ML597GNB / ML597GSB / ML597PTC / ML597RSA / ML597SKF / ML597SKH / ML597SKJ

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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.