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Fun New Balance Classics and New Balance 515 (review)

New Balance Classics

The next time your rheumatologist, orthopedic or podiatrist tells you to wear New Balance Classics and you want to choke him or her because you refuse to wear clunky white sneakers, think twice. Instead try a “Groovy, doc,” or “Right on,” or other retro phrase that comes to mind. Then leave with a smile because you know about New Balance Classics. Look at these! Do these look orthopedic? They’re regular street style fare these days, worn by celebrities like Rhianna, Heidi Klum and Alexa Chung. But that’s not why I’d wear them because I don’t care. I just love how they look and customer reviews are generally positive for comfort.

The New Balance Classics aren’t for running or other heavy duty exercise, they’re for looking good while walking around town (I think they’d make a great travel shoe).  I’ve also read that healthcare professionals like them as a nice change from boring white tennies. Most styles are available in medium and wide widths, however it seems they run a little small and narrow. Here’s the lowdown on the different NB Classics models:

New Balance Classics 574

The New Balance Classics 574: Full-grain leather and suede, moderate arch support. Customer reviews state the 574 runs a bit small, so order up if you’re between sizes. Available in wide widths, $69.95 at ZapposNew Balance 515

The New Balance 515 has a removable insole to accommodate your own orthotic, but order up a half size for more toe room! $69.95 at Zappos.

New Balance 501The New Balance Classics 501 features a cushioned EVA midsole and runs a half size small (seems to be the way with the Classics line), $69.95 at Zappos.

New Balance 580The Elite Edition 580 features REVlite cushioning (more lightweight than the other models, but just as responsive and supportive) with an injection-molded EVA midsole for stability. $69-100 at Amazon.

See the whole collection of New Balance Classics at Zappos–some come in metallics and others with leopard trim! Find good deals on NB Classics at, Amazon, and Joe’s New Balance Outlet.

Have you worn New Balance Classics in the past? Are they still cool enough for you to wear now? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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18 Responses to Fun New Balance Classics and New Balance 515 (review)

  1. cedar says:

    I can’t wear New Balance shoes at all. The arch is waaay too long and causes me great pain.

    However, I have 10 pair of Saucony Bullet, in various colors and I love them. They look very retro, have decent support and great comfort. I wore them in China and Tibet and threw them in the washer on gentle when I returned home. Love that shoe.
    I have worn them often for gym workouts, but I do not recommend them for running. They are a little too minimalist for me.

    They are very inexpensive, another plus.
    Oh yeah, just noticed, I’m wearing a pair right now!

  2. LisaJ says:

    Will these shoes work for hallux rigidus?

  3. Linda Booth says:

    There are a pair of new balance women’s sneakers shown in a picture under the classics. They appear to be powder blue with some pink neon and black laces and looks like a nylon material.. I have not been able to locate this shoe. Could you specifically tell me the model and color of this shoe?

  4. irene m garza says:

    Help: I need a pair of sneakers for walking. I have hammer toes, problems with the bottom of my feet. Is their a company that makes the toes section more space.
    I have bought and returned extra wide sneakers because they hurt my toes.

    • Kirsten says:

      Funny you should ask. I will be posting a review of the Asics Gel Walker Neo 4 soon. I love mine. Wide in the toes, narrower heel, great arch support and a mesh upper that shouldn’t irritate bunions or hammertoes. Google it!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Just a quick aside. I wear a smAll sized shoe and found the New Balance in a Childrens size. They offer all of the features of the adult shoe and are amazingly comfortable. I went to a specialty store and found that New Balance usually offer at least two styles in small sizes with the benefits of adult shoes. BTW they are fun to wear. I have RA.

  6. Wendy says:

    Wondering the style name and color of the heathered grey with blue laces and orange accents is (in the top picture) .

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  9. geri Deller says:

    I have a lot of pain on the top of my feet and ankle joints. I’ve had plantar fasciitis in the past and have hallux limitus and hammer toes. I was fitted for a pair of Saucony Echelon 5 sneakers. They felt like heaven in the store, but it seems as if the back of the shoes are too high and it feels like I’m walking with my feet flexed upward. This kills my ankles and forefoot. I’m so disappointed. I took the insoles out & put them in my old sneakers. This was definitely helpful. I thought I’d found the perfect sneakers for me. I’m a nurse & walk on concrete based floors for 10 hours a day. Just couldn’t stand these shoes. Does anyone have a suggestion for shoes that help with ankle pain? Don’t want high tops. Dansko’s are too hard. I want a good sneaker for work that’s comfortable, with good support.

    • Herma says:

      New Balance 928. In black, with laces 🙂 . The white velcro ones are as ugly as sin. The insoles are rubbish, replace immediately. It has a rocking action that helps with my ankle arthritis, and a rollbar in the heel that keeps your ankle from turning in or out. Serious cushioning too. Make sure you get the right width. If it’s too narrow you’ll feel the hard edge of the sole under your foot (horrible).

  10. alisia says:

    Trying to find the bright red with grey accent shown in the top left corner. I can’t seem to find them, anybody know what style or where they can be found?

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