Our verdict


With its excellent support and lockdown paired with a perfect mix of court feel, responsiveness, bounce, and impact protection, it's no wonder that the New Balance OMN1S is loved by many. When it comes to performance, basketball players mentioned that this pair is a great first signature model that can go head-to-head with other signature shoes such as UA Curry 7 and Adidas Harden Vol. 4.


  • Good lockdown and support
  • Amazing traction
  • Durable materials
  • Superb comfort
  • Simple look
  • Secure fit
  • Breathable


  • Narrower fit overall
  • Lacks cushioning

Who should buy the New Balance OMN1S

This New Balance basketball shoe is a great match for you if:

  • You want a shoe that offers amazing traction on any type of court
  • You are after a pair that delivers enough level of lockdown and support to protect your feet
  • You prefer a shoe that brings comfort to your feet throughout the game

Who should not buy it

This shoe is, as we've seen in its dozens of reviews, on the narrow end. If you have wide feet, check out the New Balance Kawhi 2 as there are no reports of its non-regular fit. And if you prefer shoes with elite-level cushioning that offer superb impact protection, check out Lebron 19

Grips any court surface well

According to many basketball players, these high-top basketball sneakers have amazing traction. Some mentioned that the outsole always sticks and requires minimal wiping. This is brought by its variation of herringbone that slices through dust, even on the worst courts.

This is not a highly cushioned shoe

Several verified buyers are pleased with the shoe's cushioning. They are saying that it feels awesome and provides the perfect balance between court feel and cushion. This makes sense given that the shoe employs a full-length FuelCell foam that delivers cushioned comfort on the hardwood while its high-rebound properties provide bounce and explosive speed.

However, many hoopers complained about the cushioning and said they needed to insert their own orthotics to address this issue. 

Lockdown? Check

Nearly all owners mentioned that the New Balance OMN1S has very good lockdown and support. They commend the 3D Ultra Heel for a supportive fit as it hugs the back of the foot while a midfoot band keeps the foot locked into the footbed.

Comfortable shoe? The OMN1S delivers

With its Fuel-Cell foam that provides an incredible amount of support, balance, and comfort in one stable package, it's no wonder why the majority of owners of this shoe mentioned that comfort is its biggest highlight. Compared to the other NB models on today's market, this one comes jam-packed with cushions.

Several hoopers also mentioned that the shoe is backed up with a soft feel and flexible design, which gives it extra responsiveness and a lot of impact protection. Many also said that players who like to perform dunks, rebounds, or jump during the game love this pair.

A great balance of support and stability

Many hoopers commended the support that this shoe offers, which is brought by its fit and NB straps that are made from firmer synthetic material. Some mentioned that the base of this shoe is wider than the Dame 6 but still offers good foot placement when landing at an angle.

With New Balance OMN1S, achieve a secure fit

Thanks to its FitWeave upper, people who bought this pair mentioned that it offers a locked-in fit that holds the shape of the foot for long-lasting support and durability.

However, many also mentioned that these shoes have a lot of toe space.

Lasts for a long time

Many outdoor hoopers commented that the materials of this shoe feel nice and are also quite durable. The materials are nice looking and soft to the touch bringing pleasure to your feet.

Allow your feet to breathe with New Balance OMN1S

Thanks to its stretchy knit on the tongue, several wearers mentioned that the shoe offers crazy ventilation which is perfect for key players who spend long hours on the court. With the synthetic suede eyelets and Heatwave collar, owners commented that there's no feeling of discomfort down there.

Complete your style with its simple and clean look

A good number of verified buyers love the New Balance OMN1S' clean and simple look, brought by its streamlined high-top cut with a midfoot band for added style. Several commented that the New Balance branding is seen on the tongue and ankle collar.

Iconic colorways of the OMN1S

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.