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124 users: 4.7 / 5
4 experts: 85 / 100

6 reasons to buy

  • The New Balance OMN1S has very good lockdown and support, nearly all owners observe.
  • According to most reviewers, these high-top basketball sneakers have amazing traction. The traction always sticks and requires minimal wiping.
  • Almost all testers are loving the shoe's cushioning. They are saying that the FuelCell midsole feels awesome and provides the perfect balance between court feel and cushion.
  • The materials feel nice and are also quite durable, many reviewers comment.
  • These basketball shoes are very comfortable to play in, most buyers exclaim.
  • A good number of purchasers love the New Balance OMN1S's clean and simple look.

3 reasons not to buy

  • These New Balance basketball sneakers have a lot of toe space, nearly all buyers gipe.
  • The New Balance OMN1S takes a while to fully break-in, a few users comment.
  • According to some wearers, the cushioning feels a little underwhelming.

Bottom line

New Balance and Kawhi Leonard are off to a good start with OMN1S. Owners love the support and lockdown brought about by the FitWeave upper and 3D Ultra Heel. The full-length FuelCell midsole also provides the perfect mix of court feel, responsiveness, bounce, and impact protection.

Performance-wise, the New Balance OMN1S is a great first signature model and can even go head-to-head with other signature shoes such as the UA Curry 7 and Adidas Harden Vol. 4. Just make sure to get the right size to enjoy what these high-top basketball shoes have to offer.

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Made for players who can do it all, the New Balance OMN1S features innovative technologies that offer superior comfort, explosive speed, and a locked-in fit. 

These high-top basketball shoes make use of a FlyWeave upper and 3D Ultra Heel for enhanced support and stability. A midfoot band delivers a secure and snug fit.

The OMN1S are equipped with a full-length FuelCell midsole that provides both bounce and speed on the hardwood.

Cushion. Employing a full-length FuelCell foam, the OMN1S delivers cushioned comfort on the hardwood. The high-rebound FuelCell foam also provides bounce and explosive speed to help you dominate both ends of the floor.

Traction. For superior grip on the hardwood, these high-top basketball shoes make use of a durable rubber outsole with a herringbone traction pattern.

Closure. The New Balance OMN1S features a mid-to-high-top cut and a 3D Ultra Heel for a supportive fit. The Ultra heel design hugs the back of the foot while a midfoot band keeps the foot locked into the footbed.

These high-top sneakers utilize a FitWeave upper that offers a locked-in fit. The lightweight FitWeave upper is designed to hold its shape for long-lasting support and durability.

The New Balance OMN1S features a streamlined high-top cut with a midfoot band for added style. New Balance branding is seen on the tongue and ankle collar

The OMN1S from New Balance arrives in several color options. Each colorway is inspired by personal experiences that made Kawhi the player he is today.

  • Black/White
  • Green/Beige 'Money Stacks'
  • Green/Yellow
  • Navy/Team Red/Castlerock 'Black History Month' aka 'Inspire the Dream'
  • Neo Flame/Atomic Yellow 'Sunset'
  • Pink/Pink 'Heat Wave'
  • White/Black/Blue 'Baited'
  • White/Teal 'Reign'
  • White/Red/Blue 'City of Angels'

New Balance OMN1S 'Baited'

Kawhi's love of fishing inspires this colorway of the OMN1S. The New Balance OMN1S 'Baited' features a fish-like scale pattern that covers the upper. These basketball shoes also employ pink and teal accents as a nod to SoCal's beaches and fishing spots.

New Balance OMN1S 'BHM'

New Balance commemorates Black History month by launching a collection that includes Kawhi Leonard's signature sneakers as well as some of the brand's classic styles. The New Balance OMN1S 'BHM' features a combination of navy blue, grey, red, and metallic gold. On the midfoot strap, the word "Inspire" is written.

New Balance OMN1S 'City of Angels'

Kawhi and New Balance pay tribute to the city of Los Angeles with the 'City of Angels' colorway of the OMN1S. These white basketball shoes feature Old English font print  that says "New Balance" and "City of Angels."

New Balance OMN1S 'Heat Wave'

New Balance celebrates the 2019 Halloween by launching the 'Heat Wave' colorway. These high-top basketball shoes arrive in a mix of Fuschia and Pink. A black rubber outsole completes the design.

New Balance OMN1S 'Money Stacks'

Bankrolls inspire this Christmas colorway of the New Balance OMN1S. These high-top basketball shoes are dressed in green as a nod to the US paper currency. Completing the theme is a white midfoot strap that represents the rubber band seen on bankrolls.

New Balance OMN1S Sunrise Pack

A follow up to the Sunset Pack, the New Balance Sunrise Pack features the same trio dressed in vibrant volt and peach neon. Black detailing completes the theme.

New Balance OMN1S Sunset Pack

New Balance greets the spring season with a three-shoe collection that includes the OMN1S. The trio features a yellow-to-orange gradient with black overlays.

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

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