Size and fit

The New Balance 801 All-Terrain comes with a sturdy upper. It uses mesh around the vamp, which makes the sneaker breathable. Synthetic leather around the back of the shoe to hold the heel in place. It is also used with suede overlays for additional support while on the move.

The sneaker has a well-padded interior that grants cushioning around the heel area and lightweight comfort for the day. For the midsole, the shoe uses the Abzorb technology, which does not only give lightweight comfort but also reduces the shock on the foot when in action. 

This low-top sneaker is available in men's sizes. Women can go around two sizes down or better check the size guide on the site for a better fit. 

New Balance 801 Style

The 801 sneaker takes inspiration from trail running shoes. Its rugged outsole and retro look give the shoe a stylish edge that can be sported for the outdoors. It comes in colorways that give varying attitudes. 

Although the All Trailer sneakers look great with the outdoor look, they can still be styled for the streets. When donning this shoe, men can go for some capri pants with a plain tee for an everyday casual look. It can also go well with some chinos or jeans and pair it with a long-sleeved shirt, giving a slight edge to the casual getup. 

Women can style the sneaker with ripped pants and a crew-neck sweater for a laid-back look. During the cooler seasons, women may sport the shoe with a pair of leggings topped with a long-sleeved sweater and a puffy jacket. Adding a scarf and beanie may add a warmer vibe to the casual look. 

Notable Features

New Balance re-releases its first all-terrain shoe from the 90s. The 801 is a trail-inspired shoe that has a retro touch. It comes with a pull tab with New Balance's N logo and around the heel, the words "All-Terrain" can be found. The sneaker uses the chunky C-Cap midsole with Abzorb cushioning, which makes it well-cushioned, shock-absorbing, and flexible at the same time. 

New Balance 801 History

New Balance is one of the household names when it comes to producing shoes that provide both comfort and quality. Although the company was founded in 1906, it focused on producing arch supports and tailored-designed sneakers, but never its own shoe. It was until 1960 that it came up with the Trackster. It was labeled as the first running shoe that provided traction thanks to its rippled soles. The shoe gained recognition and success, which was the start of the company's growth in the footwear industry. 

With the rising running trend in the United States during the 70s, the brand released silhouettes that cater to the market. In the 1980s, it continued to add more and more products into its line as running has become a hobby or lifestyle. Through the releases, it got to establish itself better in the market. 

Besides running, New Balance brought about classic NB silhouettes that cater to various lifestyle categories. One of which is the New Balance 801. This classic runner was first introduced in 1998. It is a running and hiking hybrid that can tread on various terrains for the whole day. The shoe received fame, allowing New Balance to rank first among other brands in trail running footwear during the 90s. 

Due to its popularity, New Balance re-releases this runner using its original colorways. Its rugged look makes it street-ready that people may cop as their everyday footwear.  

Nice to know

  • New Balance collaborates with Herschel to release limited edition colorways, which are the Rock, Cement, and Night Lites.
  • This low-top sneaker comes with extra laces.

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Classic, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Hiking
Collection: New Balance Classic, New Balance Abzorb
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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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.