Size and fit

The 997H is available to both sexes. This NB classic sneaker uses a regular lace-up closure to give the foot a custom snug fitting. Besides that, its low-top profile allows the ankles full mobility capable of adapting to rapid transitions. 

New Balance 997H Style

The freshly dropped 997H embodies the brand’s ideal. It values function above anything else, but because of that, it presents an X factor with regards to style. Both men and women can easily match the 997h with any casual and sporty clothing and pick the definite colorway for the personality they want to convey.  

That said, this lifestyle shoe looks bold and bright with its assortment of super-retro ’90s colorways. Namely, Eclipse with Team Red, Magnet with Energy Red, White with Laser Blue, Castlerock with Peony, and Away Grey with Pigment.     

Notable Features

Aside from its distinctively wedgy classic 997 silhouette, its undeniably ’90s color palette also stands out as well. It’s also labeled as the brand’s most innovative sneaker to date, as it features an enhanced GCEVA construction and a modified ENCAP midsole.  

New Balance 997H History

Boston-based brand New Balance is renowned for prioritizing function over style, without compromise; however, that does not mean the brand lacks any of it. In fact, the clean, straightforward design had become their classic signature, which many avid fans and sneakerheads dubbed as subtle and stylish, even after many decades passed.

While its main heritage is rooted in running, New Balance has branched out into lifestyle. The brand takes inspiration from its sports silhouettes and exhibits its trademark quality and function. Such qualities are evident in their 99x range, further proven by its streamlined iteration, the 997H.     

Nice to know

  • A pull tab is stitched at the heel for quicker on-and-offs.
  • GCEVA is a foam injected into the midsole, which provides excellent cushioning and responsiveness.


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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.