I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a sneaker kind of guy–the bright colors, the ultra-casualness, the foamy soles–yeesh. However, there comes a time when a guy needs to worry more about comfort and support than whether those brogues go well with your horn rim glasses. The New Balance 565 series is what I figured I could cope with–dark colors, basic, and while the “N” logos are pretty large, I can overlook a letter of the alphabet a lot quicker than a huge dude playing polo.
I gave these bad boys a real test, and got them just in time for a weekend trip to San Antonio where I walked at least 5 miles in a day (not power walking or anything–just casually walking around) and these shoes were great for getting around. I wouldn’t necessarily run a marathon in them (because of weight, not comfort), but if you’re going to be cross training or walking, you’re more than good on that front.
The pattern on the bottom of the shoe is pretty unconventional, and looks like it wouldn’t offer a whole lot of traction, but I had no real issues with slipping like I would in leather-soled shoes. Also, the white foamy part is a good width, and doesn’t turn your shoes into lumbering platforms for the disco. I also don’t mind the blue color (not too neon-colored), and I think my photo editing skills might not be good enough to match the actual color of that blue (I had to adjust the brightness up).
Overall the New Balance 565 is a great pair of shoes–even for non-sneaker guys. If you’re going to go out and around the city, or you’re looking for something else to wear to the gym, I’d consider taking a look at New Balance. This is my first pair, and I can see why they have such a cult following. They also have a wide range of colors for almost anyone–as do most sneakers these days, it seems. Give them a shot; your feet will thank you.