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The New Balance 574 Might Be the Most Versatile Sneaker Ever

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New Balance’s catalog revolves around the classics. While other footwear leaders look to the latest technological advancements to refresh their offering, New Balance generally keeps things classic. You only need to look as far as the New Balance 327 to see that even the brand’s most recent highlights take a decisively retro direction. But, of all New Balance’s flagship sneakers, few loom as large as the classic New Balance 574.

The New Balance 574 is a bastion of versatile sneaker design. As trends come and go at a pace we’ve never seen before, the New Balance 574 stands strong, as fresh as ever, and watches the race from the finish line. Whether soft tailoring is your game, or you’re a sweatpants purist, the 574 covers every angle. Our selection looks to exemplify the styling range of the silhouette, seeing the upper transplanted onto a number of different sole units as well as the fan-favorite which sits atop a signature ENCAP sole unit.

So, from core colorways to bold, summer-ready palettes and modern 57/40 variations, here are 9 of the best New Balance 574 iterations you can cop right now.

If you’re on board with the classic enough to wear it, why not go all the way? The New Balance 574 Core feels most at home in its grey outfit. Suede and mesh uppers feature tonal greys which make way for white laces and sole unit. This pair clashes with nothing.

Launched to celebrate Chinese New Year, this pair of 574s, dressed in electric Team Red features Year of the Ox designs to the insole. Gold hits to the ’N’ logo and tongue label provide a highlight finish.

The ‘80s meets the ‘90s in the 57/40 which combines disparate elements for a refreshing twist on the classic. For those who love the retro styling of the 574 but are searching for a closer focus on comfort, the 57/40 features a chunky sole unit which brings a modern update to the icon.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to understated silhouettes. While one says that an understated silhouette forms the perfect canvas for wild colors, the other believes that the palettes should match the build. If you’re in agreement with the second, this Eclipse colorway should suit.

And if you’re part of the first school of thought, meet your new favorite summer sneaker.

Inspired by classic windbreakers, this take on the New Balance 574 boasts a Citra Yellow textile upper and a 3M hit to the logo. A classic white ENCAP sole unit with EVA cushioning forms the foundation for the design.

If we needed any more proof of the 574’s versatility, it’s the New Balance 574 All Coasts. Replacing the running sole unit for a court-inspired substitute, the 574 upper gets a new, relaxed look for downtime.

On the other end of the spectrum, the 574 Rugged is made for going the distance. That means that whether you’re touring your city or hitting the trail, this 574 and its hard-wearing rubber outsole have got you covered.

New Balance’s Incense colorway has got us inspired. The possibilities are endless with this neutral MVP. Whether you’re keeping things dialed-down or turning them all the way up, this pair will anchor the outfit.

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