The 6 Shoes Every Grown Man Should Own
A fool-proof footwear collection that's been edited down to the essentials no gentleman should be without.
The New Balance 574 sneaker is something of a modern day classic. A favorite with the stylish insiders as well as with regular dudes, the old school kicks are both easy-going and comfortable. Originally created in 1988 by combining two different New Balance sneaker styles, it's since gone on to become the brand's signature shoe. Nearly three decades later, it's still plenty popular and available in 80+ color combinations and updated materials.
But the creative minds at New Balance aren't ignoring the fact that a lot of guys today don't necessarily want sneakers made from such conventional materials as suede and a thick nylon mesh. For spring, they're introducing a fresh take on their signature shoe—a completely re-engineered 574 built for 2016. Gone is the boxy toe box, replaced with a leaner nose, an overall streamlined silhouette and a clean, textured facade. The suede has been swapped for a lightweight, highly-breathable knit mesh and a welded, perforated saddle. What remains is the ENCAP midsole technology providing plenty of support and comfortable cushioning with every step. After all, if it ain't broke ...
Solid black, teal and white colorways are available now.
Approximately 25% of the shoes New Balance sells in the United States each year (nearly 7 million pairs) are made in America.