Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
Made for the race track, the New Balance 996 is a sport trainer turned streetwear mainstay. From the start to now, here’s everything you need to know.
The New Balance 996 is a classic trainer style and cut, leaving it’s wearer supported and comfortable, while not even compromising your style. It’s not hard to see why they’re sticking around.
New Balance 996
The combination of mesh and suede, the variety of colours on the one pair of kicks, the cushioned sole, all recognisable main parts of the 996 New Balance trainer. It’s been a favourite from the get-go in 88′ and still is. Style isn’t compromised by the comfort of these shoes, as they cater to everything you’re looking for in a trainer. You can even customise your own pair to mix things up and make them even more individual.
- ABZORB® cushioning in the midfoot provides exceptional shock absorption.
- ENCAP® midsole technology provides support and maximum durability.
- Non-marking outsole.
- Pig suede/textile/leather upper.
New Balance is a renowned name in the field of running shoes, particularly with their premium performance models which put them on the fitness map. New Balance gained its reputation by selling its arches to fire and policemen. New Balance shoes are named by numbers, which can be confusing. But it also means their products are remembered and noticed for their diverse versatile style.
Two different soles were used during the production of this sneaker, one for narrow feet and another for wider feet. The New Balance 996 was a big hit, particularly in the U.S. The New Balance 996 first hit shelves in 1988 and was the first running shoe to cost more than $100.
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Original Model Name
New Balance 996
Key Drop Variations
New Balance 996 Made in USA
New Balance 996 Tennis
New Balance 996 Red
Black New Balance
New Balance 996 Grey
Where to buy a pair of New Balance 996
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