The best New Balance trainers to wear in 2024, according to shoe experts

I was a late bloomer when it came to wearing sweatshirts. I’m not a gym-goer (I should probably cancel my membership), and I’ve always loved wearing boots, heels, and fancy sandals, so I just didn’t have room for them in my wardrobe. That is, until I was in my late 20s, and I realized that I was missing out on opportunities all along. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve fallen victim to the ever-changing trainer trends and am looking to invest in a pair of brown or green kicks to add to my carefully curated collection. And we can’t imagine how we compiled certain outfits, from activewear to suits, without them. While certain trainers (cough, Sambas) have been sidelined, there is one brand that has always been in the spotlight. It’s New Balance.

Known for their chunky dad style, signature gray, and ability to have fashion editors and influencers rushing to get their hands on a particular pair (hello, 550), there’s no denying that New Balance has always been iconic. But these are a special pair that everyone I know will be wearing this year.

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1. New Balance 530

Style notes: The timeless “Dad’s errand” still holds strong today. Take a tip from Lena and add white socks, longline shorts, and an oversized shirt for a foolproof formula this time of year.

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2. Gray New Balance

Ellie wearing new balances

Style notes: No matter how the style evolves, gray will always be a continuing theme for New Balance (excuse the pun). That’s why the brand launched its ‘Grey Days’ campaign this month to show its love for this signature color. Unsurprisingly, so many fashion insiders already know that this color is one of the easiest to wear, no matter the season or year.

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3. Be bright and bold

Amaka wearing new balances

Style notes: The saying goes, “Be bold or go home,” and New Balance agrees with this. While his bright yellow Ganni collab style from Amaka can only be found on resale sites, you can pick up a pair in rainbow and block colors to liven up your trusty jeans.

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4. New Balance 550

Lucy Williams in New Balance

Style notes: Known for selling out faster than Taylor Swift tickets, 550 has struggled to stay in stock in recent years. Last but not least, there are many versions that look just as good with leggings as they do with linen separates.

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