With everyone getting in on the chunky “dad shoe” footwear trend, many have forgotten that New Balance is an OG in this territory. Worn by the likes of Steve Jobs as part of his daily uniform as well as sneaker connoisseurs that love the bulky old school silhouettes and comfort, the company has always had several types of chunkiness to choose from depending on your preference and price range. Here we take a look at 4 different types of NB kicks that fit into the “dad shoe” lineage.
First off is the oldest of the four – the USA-made 990 v2. This classic was launched in 1998 and was the follow up to the original 990 flagship shoe that was released back in 1982 for a (at the time) wallet busting USD100 price point. Compared to the v1, it features a much more bulky silhouette and advanced cushioning system. This is a great retro cult favourite that many fans have waited on to be re-released in this region.
Next up is the fourth iteration of the series – the 990 v4. Released in 2016, the shoes are still made in the USA with NB’s signature choice of lush leathers, still chunky and still comfortable as hell. If you’re looking for a classic style New Balance sneaker with just a tad of modern design, you should try these.
Going in a more contemporary direction, the recently launched X-90 series takes elements of New Balance’s classic 90s runners and remixes them with a modern touch. So these feature thick cushy soles that are made with NB’s lightweight Revlite tech, whilst the uppers are more streamlined and sleek than their 90s inspiration. A good choice if you are intrigued by the chunky trend, but don’t want to go all-in.
Lastly, we have the Test Run – these are actually part of New Balance’s experimental performance range that is made in limited production runs. These feature the biggest slab of Abzorb tech cushioning ever in a NB sneaker as well as tech-material for the uppers. If you’re looking for something big, bold and modern, then you should take a closer look at these.
The New Balance 990 v2, 990 v4 and X-90 is available now at select New Balance stores and stockists across the region, whilst the Test Run is available exclusively at New Balance Paragon, Bugis and Suntec stores in Singapore.