New Balance can do traditional, classic American sneakers with the best of ‘em — and now, with the brand’s 247 line, they’re proving that they can go a little more futuristic, too. The 247 Mid is striking, stylish and likely quite different than anything in your closet — worth a look if ever you’ve thought about upgrading your sneaker game in a hurry before the winter season rolls around.
Available in colors both neutral and more eye-catching, from orange to a classic all-navy iteration, the 247 Mid combines the look of an athletic sneaker with the quality production that New Balance always brings to the table. The sock-like fit is offset by pull tabs for easy access on and off, while the REVLite midsole is 30 percent lighter than other comparable foam soles. It’s a clean, cool set of sneakers that can really be worn with just about any cool, casual gear you own. – $129
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