New Balance 300v1 Review

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The 300v1 from New Balance is a decent pair of court-inspired sneakers that offer varied colorways and a cool looking style. Featuring an innovative REVlite midsole and non-slip rubber outsole, this pair delivers nicely for casual and light athletic occasions. Unlike similar designs from New Balance, the 300v1 may not be the best choice for wearing while you train because it’s lacking most of the vital technologies we’re used to seeing with this brand. If appearances are more your concern then this a solid choice that will look great with practically any style of clothing thanks to its smooth suede upper and textile overlays that help to bring out this pairs fashionable side.

I’ve thoroughly researched and reviewed to bring you my honest opinion on the best and worst qualities that the 300v1 has to offer. Hopefully, this will help you to feel more confident while making your next purchasing decision and make your shopping experience that much easier.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Low-Top
  • REVlite Midsole
  • Rubber Outsole
  • Multiple Colorways
Cons
  • May Rub
  • Poor Quality
Style

Style

This low-top sneaker was inspired by that classic court shoe style and it delivers a nice take on it! This pair is super stylish and is perfect for cruising in style or for athletic activities like tennis. It’s made from comforting materials and comes in a plethora of colorways so you can always look your best while you’re on the move. The 300v1 boasts New Balance’s signature “N” side logo and a contrast heel counter that make this pair even more on-trend. This pair is a laid-back choice that will look good no matter what you wear it with and was designed more for fashion than for athletic use.
Midsole

Midsole

The 300v1 features New Balance’s REVlite midsole technology. This breakthrough creation is made from an innovative foam that offers superior durability and a responsive ride that’s perfect for athletic activities because it gives you a better connection with the ground beneath your feet. It’s very lightweight without having to compromise the level of underfoot cushioning or the kind of stability that’s needed to perform your best. The midsole is an important part of any shoe because it's the part that cushions and protects your foot. It's also the area that absorbs shock waves from every step which can help to lessen foot pain, fatigue, and other issues.
Materials

Materials

A breathable and lightweight suede upper unit makes this a desirable choice of footwear. It’s important that your shoes allow for proper airflow because if your skin is smothered it will start to sweat excessively. Once you sweat it breeds the perfect environment for odor-causing bacteria to grow and when your shoes start to stink it can be nearly impossible to return them to their once stink-free state.

The 300v1 has a non-slip rubber sole that is perfect for keeping you steady on your feet even if the weather is wet and slippery. Its REVlite midsole is an innovative foam material that offers a comforting cushion without adding any excess bulk to the shoe. This is important because wearing a shoe that's too heavy will tire you out much faster than wearing a lighter one would and it can also cause you to have foot and lower limb pain because of the added strain of carrying around a heavy shoe.
Footbed

Footbed

This pair offers a removable footbed that lets you easily use your own orthotics. This is a great feature because it also lets you easily clean the footbed for a fresher feeling shoe. When the insert is fixed it lets bacteria multiply quickly and with no way to clean it you’ll find that your shoes don’t stay fresh for very long. Having the option of removing your footbed lets you add your own insole if that’s something that you like to do and makes it super easy to use your own custom orthotics.

Outsole

Outsole

The 300v1 is perfect for wearing in any weather conditions thanks to its rubber sole. Rubber is a great material for the sole because it is extremely grippy even on wet and slippery surfaces. Wearing a shoe that has good grip is a must if you’re going to be playing any sort of sport because otherwise, you’ll be more likely to slip and fall. Rubber is also non-marking so it won’t scuff the surface that you’re playing on so you can go ahead and hit it hard without having to worry about slipping or falling by mistake.
Colorways

Colorways

Anyone who likes to switch up their style regularly will love the 300v1 because it comes in tons of cool colorways. In fact, there are enough shades available that you could wear a different color for every day of the week and still have a few left over. This makes dressing super easy because you’re able to mix and match with so many different options. You can also easily coordinate with any outfit and can wear the same shoes day after day without ever feeling repetitive.
Comfort

Comfort

When it comes to comfort, New Balance really knows how to do it right! The 300v1 is an enjoyable pair to wear thanks to its roomy fit and REVlite midsole that makes it ultra lightweight. It’s important that an athletic style shoe offers the wearer a comfortable ride because it lessens the aches and pains associated with sports, as well as, reduces fatigue in your legs and feet.

Despite its relatively comfortable design, some wearers found that this pair doesn’t feel quite right on their feet. Often, people had trouble with rubbing at the heel or with an all-over uncomfortable feeling that they just didn’t like. The best part of this shoe, by far, is its REVlite midsole, though the rest of it leaves something to be desired in terms of overall enjoyment.


Fit

Fit

Even though the 300v1 fits mostly true to size, it’s a bit misshapen almost and doesn’t have a good feel on your feet overall. Some wearers found that the toe box was too wide, while others complained it was too narrow. There just doesn’t seem to be any middle ground with this pair and users agree to disagree that there seems to always be something that throws off their enjoyment. This can really pose as quite a problem because if you're purchasing a pair to wear while you're going to be physically active, the last thing you need is to end up having sore feet when the day is done. People with wider feet seem to have to most difficulty with these shoes because they seem to be the most uncomfortable. Though, people with narrow feet found that they were a little too wide.
Gender

Gender

When it comes to this sneaker, men seem to find that it fits more comfortably than women do. More women found that they ran into issues with rubbing, blisters, and how well it fits overall, whereas, men tend to find that it’s quite a comfortable shoe to wear. This is true for a lot of shoes, but it’s something that definitely knocked this pair down a few points because they should be equally as comfortable for both men and women.
Quality

Quality

Some wearers found that the quality of these shoes didn’t live up to their expectations of a New Balance shoe. In fact, some people thought that they were downright cheap looking when compared to other models from this brand. There also seems to be some concern over the quality of craftsmanship with a handful of wearers feeling that they wouldn’t last long because of the poor construction.

Bottom Line

Overall, this pair of sneakers is a mediocre choice that is ideal for light activities and is best to only be worn for short periods of time. Some wearers had issues with its overall wearability and found that it was prone to rubbing and even to causing painful blisters. Despite its REVlite midsole unit which offers excellent design features and ultra-comfy walking experience, this pair just didn't stand up to the test when it came to athletic use.

Usually, New Balance shoes are made with quality craftsmanship, but this shoe seems to be lacking in this area. Many of its wearers thought that it looked poorly made and that the detailing was made from cheap materials that wouldn't last very long at all. It's not all bad though! These shoes are a good choice for style-conscious wearers who are looking for a shoe that's going to keep them fresh on the scene no matter the occasion. This is an excellent option for that because it effortlessly blends elements of both athletic and street-wear fashions into one shoe.