In a time when tech-heavy shoes are slowly making their way back into the prime real estate of your local shop’s shoe walls, it’s no surprise to see a shoe like New Balance Numeric’s 868—their most technically advanced skate shoe to date—in the mix
For those of you saying, “These shoes look like running shoes,” right off the bat, the reason is because the 868 undoubtably has technical influence stemming from some iconic New Balance runners—and it’s only for the better. With such a rich history in the footwear game, it only makes sense to see NB# digging into the archives and repurposing some of the technology and ideas that have been successful with other New Balance shoes in the past. The thing they’re really doing right, though, is catering to the needs of skateboarders. With such a resilient and trusted record, at least you know you’re getting the quality and durability that you need in a good skate shoe.
These things are built to last. They’re designed with a dual-durometer C-Cap midsole to provide cushioning in the high-impact zones without sacrificing any boardfeel—the best of both worlds. Fantom tape is used to add support to the breathable mesh quarter panels. And the heel features n2, a New Balance running technology that provides stability and impact protection where skateboarders need it most. It’s a solid shoe, built with you in mind. —Brian Blakely