I was always a bit of a New Balance kid growing up, so I was excited to see the return of some of the classic contours. I quite liked them, because unlike the Reebok explosion, New Balance seemed a little less pushy – worn by a few of the cool kids but equally so, the nerds in the computer class. Or the chess people. Busting out the BIG N. I didn’t go anywhere near a sports field at school, so I didn’t know how they were perceived in that domain, but on the street? Rockin New Balance with my turn-ups...life was just fine.
The brand, founded in Boston in 1906 is still going strong, and still makes a good percentage of its footwear in the USA. And I’m set to get a pair of suede mesh brown and tan Canteen Classic New Balance 574’s. Gimme the brown ones always! Check the New Balance Classic range, available in New Zealand, now.