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What exactly are: New Balance trainers?

What exactly are: New Balance trainers?

In a nutshell

A good everyday option for wearing with jeans and chinos, New Balance trainers are sportier, and less fashion-y, than minimal trainers.


New Balance has sold flexible arch supports to Bostonians since 1906, and in 1960 the company made the first running shoe that came in varying widths, as well as the first trainer with a grippy, rippled rubber sole.

How to wear them well

"You're pretty safe with almost anything in New Balance's range of trainers," says Thread stylist Freddie Kemp. "They're sporty, but still on the minimal side, and work well with chinos, jumpers, jeans, Oxford shirts, and maybe even an unstructured blazer—anything casual or on the casual side of smart casual."

Photographed: Gant Rugger navy chinos (£100), Sunspel hoodie (£145), Nigel Hall white t-shirt (£25), New Balance trainers (£65)