New Balance 990v5 Product Reviewed

  • Superior Comfort and Stability
  • 12 MM Drop
  • Blown Rubber Outsole
  • Mesh Upper
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New Balance 990v5 Product Reviewed Review Facts

The New Balance 990v5 is a timeless design and a major go-to for any type of person. The 990 style was introduced in 1982 and version 5 is the most modern looking version. Designed without compromise, it’s an everyday shoe that has superior cushioning, stability, comfort and style. Of course you can wear this for a light run, power walk, an all-day shoe or it’s even gone down the runway. So it’s definitely a fashion statement. An exciting note to make is the shoe is made in the USA. The fifth version of the 990 has a refined construction and design with an iconic New Balance grey palette. This version has an aesthetic update with a new TPU power strap. It also comes with some exciting features inside of the shoe, including an Ortholite insert and some pretty fun 360 reflection. The new technology allows it to be a lightweight shoe and the mesh gives it breathability. It’s a revamped version of 990v4 and maintains all of the great qualities. The 990 style quickly became a fan of sneakerheads when the ‘dad sneakers’ became such a trend. A huge influx of new clients were drawn to the new chunky aesthetic and silhouette. Now the sneakerheads are talking about it and New Balance keeps their cult following and have added a new demographic of clients. This version is also updated with white laces and a brand refresh from New Balance. Just search around for the 990v5 and you will find some pretty fantastic photos of ways that this shoe was styled for everyday wear or just worn for a run. It’s truly a timeless go-to shoe! And a shoe icon and legacy at New Balance.

The silhouette first appeared on the runway show of Junya Watanbe’s show and they are teaming up with the designer COMME des Garcons for a new take on the silhouette. Designer collaborations bring awareness to New Balance and elevate the brand to a new level. These designer collaborations will elevate the brand to a new level.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Style

Functional

Comfort

Company has a strong social responsibility mission

Made in the U.S.A.

Durable materials

Ortholite insert or you can remove it

Lightweight

Works well as everyday shoe or running shoe

Cons

Top fabric is too thin

Price

Brand
Brand

Brand

New Balance is a Boston based brand and the goal is to assist athletes in their pursuit of excellence. This could be everyday athletes to professional athletes or just someone looking to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The products are a blend of function and fashion. New Balance is also trying to come out with some new fashion shoes and this is definitely one of those styles. The company is over 75 years old, it’s a timeless company and they set a high standard for quality that they ensure to meet for every shoe that is produced. Made in the USA, New Balance can proudly ensure standards are met and the quality is the highest. The brand has a strong foundation to focus on building stronger communities with a specific focus on the prevention of childhood obesity.

New Balance has a commitment to producing shoes in America and they stand proud on this ensuring the quality is up to standard. People will place trust in a brand or product even if it means paying more because they like what the brand stands for. New Balance has an iconic and recognizable grey palette that they’ve also branded as a recognizable statement.

New Balance uses the best materials to focus on the right combination to ensure durability, quality, reliability, and performance. Brand makers have established a strong position in the consumer market because they have built a reputation for performance and quality and they tend to continue and upgrading their products to achieve customer satisfaction. The new ‘fashion’ styles they have added, are reaching new audiences and communities. The elite fashion crowds wearing New Balance is major and now they have acquired a new audience. This new audience will help broaden the awareness of the brand and the potential increase more fashion styles to the brand.
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The rubber forefront of the shoe provides a soft cushioned walk the outsole features a rubber compound designed for maximum durability that is used in high wear places. The outsole is made durable for the shoe to last. It’s a white lace-up shoe with a padded collar and tongue. New Balance has updated the tongue of the shoe with a new branding emblem and an updated 360 reflectivity can be found around the outsole of the shoe. A few people do not like the sole, perhaps because you need to get used to the 360 reflectivity which is a brand-new added feature.
Insole
Insole

Insole

The insole helps with the overall arch support on the foot. The ENCAP is a special insert that brings comfort and support to the shoe. The main difference between version 990v4 and version 990v5 is that version 5 has the insert and version 4 does not have it.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

A special midsole technology called ENCAP provides support and durability. The ENCAP is removable, perforated and cushioned insole. It’s important to have a comfortable midsole for long days and nights. The best part is you can take it out when you want or add it back in. It’s perfect for those days you decide to take a long walk.
Fit
Fit

Fit

The shoe offers excellent support and comfort according too many. Many customers find that the fit is great, but you may want to size a half size down. However, the majority have said it’s a great sizing and similar to version 4. The sizing options are endless with narrow and wide available. A great fit option is that you can add in the insert or remove it. This a flexible feature for those that may want more comfort and arch support or those that don’t need it they can remove it.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This is an iconic shoe and one of the reasons is the durability. The midsole and outsole are made to last. Through the streets of New York, a walk or run, or a long day you will feel comfortable in this long-lasting pair. The gray color will hide potential dirt or scuffs and remain durable, also available in navy or black it’s perfect for the disguise of everyday usage. Durability for a walking shoe or an all-day shoe is a very important part of a shoe, if it’s durable it will be more reliable and that’s really important. The suede also helps with the durability, as it’s a very durable material.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The weight of this shoe is 11.3oz, which is definitely on the lighter side. This is important for all day use or for running or walking. The shoe has extra cushioning which is where most of the extra weight is coming from. The lighter the shoe the faster you are able to walk, this style isn’t recommended for running a marathon. So the weight is just right for everyday use or an occasional walk or run.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This shoe has extra stability with the new Ortholite a special cushioning insert that adds extra support and is supportive of the midsole giving the shoe extra stability. This style is the most stable out of all of the five versions. Due to the added features and upgraded features it definitely provides more stability especially if you are using this for a run or a walk. If you decide to go running in this you will not be disappointed. It really brings stability to the heel and the foot as you run or just walk.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

This style is very comfortable due to the Ortholite cushioning insert, this feature brings a lot of comfort to the shoe. The soft lining inside of the shoe helps to avoid any skin irritation or potential blisters which is huge for someone who is wearing them all day long or running in them. Comfort is a really important part of a shoe and due to the New Balance quality control, they want to make sure they put out a product that someone feels comfortable in. There is not a lot of testing on how the shoe fits on the top of the shoe in the shoe box area. But from the previous 990 style, it’s always been a comfortable fit at the top.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

This shoe is the top of the line for breathability with an engineered synthetic and mesh upper for ventilation. A seamless inner lining allows for extra breathability. Made with the finest materials, including pig suede and breathable mesh. The breathable mesh will make sure your feet stay dry all day and night. The new tongue on the shoe is designed to be breathable and help wick away moisture.
Style
Style

Style

This is a major style shoe, it’s a beautiful timeless design, it’s a clean and contemporary silhouette. The shoe has 360-degree reflective accents and a fabulous gray, silver color. It’s made with a pig suede all over the shoe combined with mesh and reflective accents. The ‘N’ logo is present prominently on both sides of the shoe the same way as the previous versions, the only update is the TPU power strap. This style of shoe was created for everyday stylish purpose, but the designers look at creating designs which ensure the shoe is comfortable and provides stability whether you are walking, running or just simply wearing the shoe all day. Many have said that it has a minimal look, which some prefer a more minimal look. The style also considers the durability of the shoe, something that will last. The main color is grey but of course, if you fancy, navy or black you are in luck. And by June 14th you can customize the shoe to the color of your liking.
Traction-grip
Traction-grip

Traction-grip

This New Balance style is not recommended for hiking or climbing or trail running. However, it has enough traction for day to day or even running on smooth surfaces or a treadmill. There is no indication of how it would perform in the rain, but most likely it may slip, it’s a shoe designed for dry surfaces and it has a strong enough grip to successfully accomplish what you need on a dry surface. There is some extra traction around the heel and the toe to help stabilize the foot. Overall provides good traction and support.
Shoe Uppers
Shoe Uppers

Shoe Uppers

This style provides a synthetic mesh top that makes it easy for the shoe to breath. The supportive suede is all over the shoe and even on the top. The shoe includes a dual density collar foam for added comfort. The upper mesh provides comfort and durability which helps the shoe last longer. The uppers on this shoe complete this legendary style. The tongue also has a new brand emblem, so it gives it a new modern look.
Waterproof
Waterproof

Waterproof

This is not a style that is made as waterproof, but if you get stuck in the rain, no problem with the top mesh and the overall lightness of the shoe it will dry quickly. It’s not meant to be worn in rainy conditions or the snow, it’s really a shoe for daily use or the occasional walk or runs, but like all New Balance shoes, it will definitely stay durable over time and the overall style and quality will hold up even in the rain. Basically, if you get stuck out in the rain, don’t worry you will survive and your feet won’t feel like they just got rained on.
Value
Value

Value

One of the biggest drawbacks of this shoe is the price. It’s definitely on the higher end for a New Balance shoe and for an everyday shoe or a running shoe. Some may argue that the higher price is worth it because of the comfort, the 360 reflective elements on the outside of the shoe and the added insert for comfort. At approximately $174.00 you are definitely making an investment, but if it’s to support the feet, it’s an investment well-spent. Of course, the high-quality suede is one of the reasons for the higher price, the quality of the material is luxurious and of course you will pay for that. It’s definitely worth every penny spent depending on your style.

The value will always be a point of consideration for anyone purchasing a shoe it’s typically known the higher the price or value the more you should gain in terms of comfort, durability, and performance. In this case, the overall feedback on the shoe is so good that this might be the occasion to say ok I’ll pay a few extra dollars to invest into a good quality product. If you decide to go with something of less value, the overall quality of the product may decline and it may not last as long.
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a fun statement shoe that you can also run in or walk in, this is your shoe. It’s an icon style from a heritage brand and with that, you can depend on the comfort and durability to last on this style. It’s important to consider style but of course function too, and with the New Balance 990v5 you will receive both. Mainly this is a fashion symbol shoe to be worn with casual clothing but it’s also functional.

The design of this shoe has been upgraded from the previous versions to include the 360 reflective on the outside and the ENCAP insert to help with stability and comfort. It’s important to think about the construction and design of the shoe because ultimately it helps with performance and longtime wear. The value is a bit steep on this 990v5 but at the end of the day, it also comes with the highest quality of materials. New Balance is constantly innovating their products to ensure the best of the best and the new version of this style doesn’t disappoint.

A shoe must always be reliable and able to perform to the high expectations of the users and the people who make the purchase. The challenges which are there include a shoe which gives very good traction because a variety of surfaces in different weathers will be encountered. Comfort is important so breathability is a must, no one wants to walk around with wet and damp feet. Something that breaths is an important aspect because you never know what kind of weather you will run into literally. But the most important feature of this shoe is the style and the durability of the shoe. Keep in mind that you can play sports, go for a run or just style it with a complete outfit. It’s definitely a style to make the investment in. It may cost you more than the average sneaker, but it’s well worth it.