Keeping track of New Balance’s catalog of numerically-named sneakers can be tough to the uninitiated, but almost everyone knows the 574 when they see it: it’s the vintage-inspired running style with a big N on the side that’s as stylish as it is un-pretentious.
Since the 1990s it’s dominated mall store shelves and been a staple that’s basically ol’ reliable for regular guys, dads, and even sneakerheads. But now NB has re-tooled the 574 and given it some modern touches to bring it into 2018.
In 2017, New Balance gave the 574 a slightly sock sneaker twist via the 574 Sport. The new true-blue 574 gets updates that are a lot subtler. The toe now curves upward less at the toe, giving the shoe a sleeker, more angular silhouette.
It’s also got a single-piece lining for added comfort and an overall slimmer profile that makes it feel more 2018 than 1998. But the timeless style that made the 574 a hit in the first place is hardly changed.