New Balance Numeric are still relatively new to the skateboarding game, although they've been producing skate shoes since about 2014, they've been steadily establishing themselves over the last few years becoming a prominent figure.
You're probably used to seeing middle aged dad's rocking them sweet New Balance MX608's with the baggy blues, so it might seem obscure to see them be so heavily invested in skateboarding. But New Balance are known for their versatility and diversity of styles and within skateboarding it's no different. So, let's talk specifics and make it as easy as possible to answer your questions.
How do New Balance fit?
New Balance's are a little smaller than you'd expect, they are a snug fit which generally speaking fits around half a size smaller. So, for example, if you're usually a size 8, we'd recommend you ordered a size 8.5.
What do the different styles mean?
With New Balance the sheer range of styles and fits can be daunting, but the vast range of styles mean that there's something for everyone. Let us break down some of the key styles and break down how they fit to make the choice a little less daunting.
New Balance 272: How do they feel?
The 272 from New Balance Numeric is a low profile shoe with a vulcanised sole, this gives you added board feel and makes it really easy to feel where your feet are on the board. The 272 is based off the classic New Balance Court style shoes from the lifestyle range.
New Balance 306: How do they feel?
The 306 is 2018 Skater of the Year's signature model, none other than Jamie big boy Foy. The 306 is Jamie's first pro shoe and is an updated version of a traditional vulcanised shoe, however it houses an underlay of rubber beneath the suede, so they are perfect for those of you who hate buying new shoes. However, don't worry about your feet getting too hot with all those layers, because the mesh layers tongue and panels allow for extra breathability.
New Balance 440: How do they feel?
Until his pro shoe was released, the 440 was the shoe of Tom Knoxx, a low profile court shoe which blends new technology and classic New Balance styling. The 440 uses a ReVite midsole, which is a blend of lightweight and durable materials to improve the fit. NDurance, which is New Balance's signature technology is used on the outer sole maximising the durability. The 440's are a great choice for skateboarding or even just those on the move.
New Balance 1010: How do they feel?
The tech lord shoe. The New Balance Numeric 1010 is Thiago Lemos' pro model. The 1010 is the tech model from New Balance which pays homage back to the original New Balance roots as the comfy technologically superior runner of the 90's, blended with new technology such as the FuelCell foam, which is at the back of the heel. The FuelCell foam will give added protection to your heels, making sure you don't get any nasty heel bruise. The 1010's are a bulkier fit which have similarities between the skate shoes of the early 2000's but with a New Balance 1990's runner style. For those of you who enjoy a more tech shoe with added comfort and support, the 1010's are for you.