Who should buy the New Balance 696

New Balance continues to tempt the market since the 1970s with appealing lines of classic athletic shoes, and joining the category is the New Balance 696. Get a pair of these if you want:

  • A shoe with modern style and adequate cushioning
  • A functional shoe at an affordable price

New Balance 696 logo

New Balance 696 Style

The classic New Balance 696 is a fusion of fashion and function as it comes in a variety of luxe suede and mesh uppers paired with long-lasting outsoles. This retro-style sneaker is available in different designs for women and men.

The stylish upgrades on the New Balance 696 specifically designed for the women consumers are obtainable in slim profile in a various cool mix of colors for the upper, tongue, heel stabilizer, heel tab down to the sole.

New Balance 696 lining

The men’s iterations of the New Balance 696 are in the same sleek and sporty silhouette with a mixture of premium materials and responsive, lightweight sole. The revamped styles blend well with an assortment of casual clothes appropriate for daytime or evening affairs.

New Balance 696 upper

Fully adjustable lace-up

lacing system that does not constrict the toe, avoids chafing and eliminates the need for a break-in period. Its fully adjustable lace-up front allows users to achieve their desired fit.

New Balance 696 laces

History of the New Balance 696

New Balance is one of the prominent footwear manufacturers in the 1970s that pioneered some of the athletic shoe advancements concerning support mechanisms and midsole technologies. These developments encouraged consumers to get involved in running and fitness activities.

New Balance 696 collar

New Balance continued to entice the market with appealing lines of classic athletic shoes that ignited so much interest among running enthusiasts. The trend went on until the 1980s. Joining the category is the New Balance 696.

What’s prominent about the New Balance sneaker is the numbering style of naming each silhouette that speaks a lot about the type and function of the shoe. The last two digits of the New Balance shoe indicate the degree of cushioning.

New Balance 696 midsole

The 696 shoe falls under the 90 category, which is created for speed. This kind of shoe is the choice of professional distance runners and even amateur runners training for mid-and high-mileage running.

New Balance 696 received a number of revamps as it became a famous, multi-season classic runner for women. The men also had their version of this sporty style shoe built with a combination of materials for the upper and REVlite technology in the sole.

New Balance 696 outsole

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty, Dad
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance Classic, New Balance REVlite
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Summer, Spring

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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.