New Balance is an oft-overlooked brand, which, incredibly, has been making footwear for over a hundred years. Far from getting tired of churning out trainers, it’s bolstered its substantial performance catalogue with another interesting design in the Zip 8507.
Plugging the gap
There’s long been a gulf in New Balance’s catalogue between specialist speedy pieces like the much-feted W902 and fine heritage fodder like the 576, and the 8507 is here to fill that gap. And you know it means business because it’s still labeling its shoes by number – there are no wacky names like Air Apparent here.
New Balance has never quite had the credit it deserves for trainer tech, and the 8507 continues its obsessive attention to weight and width. The new midsole technology is pleasingly light and responsive, and the tried and tested Abzorb shock protection is thrown in, making it a versatile buy for the casual excersiser.
While it’s not exactly an Air Max 360 in the design stakes, the spot of outlandish webbing on the upper adds some appeal. Given that New Balance was once the king of the high price point – in the name of performance, of course – the reasonable price tag comes as a pleasant surprise, even if some of the detailing does look a bit cheap.
It may slip into no man’s land between old trainer traditionalists and whippet-like track junkies, but the 8507 is an admirable trainer regardless.