I review a lot of adidas shoes especially their boost lineup and their alphabounce lineup.
And rarely do I ever talk about other brands.
Why this matters is because adidas has a large momentum moving forward into the future forthem.
They're consistently minimal, effective, and fantastic products that I loved for the past2 years of reviewing shoes.
But there are many other shoe brands out there, and they are not going to ignore the momentumthat adidas is picking up or else they will lose their side of the market.
So those other brands must introduce new and better shoes to compete with what adidas isoffering.
This type of competition is the only way to keep adidas on their toes.
And I'm not saying adidas isn't doing a good job right now.
adidas is really throwing their momentum forward into the future, and they are consistentlyinnovating, consistently making new measures, consistently raising the bar higher for allthese new companies.
But competition is the only way that is lighting a fire under adidas.
and that's the only way they will continue to try to grab even bigger margins in themarket.
Which is why today in this video, I'm going to be checking out the New Balance 574 Sport.
Because I like the adidas boost technology, I like the alphabounce technology.
But at the same time I want to open my eyes to more variety.
I want to know what I am missing out on these other markets.
I want to know are they offering.
In order to see if everyone is on the same playing field or even better than what adidasis offering right now.
Not because I'm not satisfied with boost.
But because it's just better to know your market, and better to know everything elsearound you.
Ronnie Fieg and New Balance, just collaborated again to create the Dover Street market version.
I do not have the Dover Street market version, mainly because I found the red, black andwhite colourway, even more in tune with what I like.
And the dover street market versions are really dope.
I really wished they also added the switch and swap logos for the New Balance logos onthe original ones.
But of course it's special features that are only available on collaboration only products.
I know that a lot of runners actually look towards New Balance for their next strideforward.
But to me New Balance runners has always been too extra.
They always have a little bit too much colour, or a little bit too much going on.
and for me I feel like it needed a kick of minimalism.
Which is exactly what adidas is doing.
So realistically for me visual wise, I can only see myself buying their lifestyle sneakersbecause their colours are a little more toned down, a little more simple, and minimal.
So this video is my impression of the 574 Sport.
New Balance 574s sports nubuck leather as a part of their main construction of the shoe.
The toe box the eyelets as well as their heel area.
This is borrowing from the original 574 that also sports nubuck leather.
Light grey double stitching is what holds all the pieces together.
They used a stretchy neoprene type mesh around the ankle collar, as well as a thicker mesharound the forefoot.
They also have a foam insole similar to the ortholite insole.
Now, I'm not sure who did it first, but it doesn't really matter as it just adds morecomfort in to the shoe.
They have a rubber outsole and a special EVA foam for the fresh foam midsole.
The N logo and the heel area also has reflective patches which I think is giving homage tothe runner culture.
They used the same original design for the 574 leather pieces.
But from what I can judge from the pictures, the 574s seems to have a narrower toe boxcompared to the original which is a little bit well rounded.
The design on the ankle collar is actually a bootie type ankle collar.
As opposed to the regular 574 which is a tongue.
The colour block is very minimal and very beautifully done.
As this is most likely what made the New Balance 574 stand out.
On the midsole, the tesselated triangular patterned midsole is a part of what tellsthe consumer where the Fresh Foam technology is located.
They also incorporated the Encap and the Adzorb crash pad to the heel area.
These features are a part of New Balance's comfort technology, and I'll go in depth furtherin the next section.
Due to the nature of material's used, comparing to the adidas Ultraboost or Pureboost, theseshoes do crease as you use them.
Albeit only in the midsole area where the Fresh Foam is.
But that's not to say that the boost doesn't crease, it does crease, but very minimally.
The comfort right away is between an Ultraboost and a Alphabounce.
It's soft where you need it most, yet it's supportive and responsive.
Since this is a lifestyle sneaker, you can tell this shoe is made for walking.
There is a neutral to medium arch support in the shoe.
The toe box in the forefoot area, due to the suede construction really locks down yourfoot, making it snug.
So definitely go half size up for this shoe.
Because the toe box area is snug, it is actually lightly hugging the ankle collar.
Making the support holding on to your foot, evened out on the front and the back.
Unlike the Ultraboost where it is mainly locked down on the ankle area.
Surprisingly the 574s is much lighter than it looks.
However the adidas Ultraboost is still very light and it almost feels like it's not onyour feet.
Which is great for runners, but then again the 574s is not for running.
The best comfort in this shoe is the correct placement of squishiness and responsiveness.
Something I've never experienced before is front toe pads.
I wore adidas because it gave me and abundance amount of support in the heel area and naturallylike most people I'm a heel striker.
But with boost, I seldomly feel any squishiness on the front ball of my feet, even thoughthere is boost.
But with the 574 I can definitely feel it right away, it's almost like it's raised alittle to be supporting the bottom of the front ball of your feet as well.
The heel comfort is fantastic, it's squishy yet it has stability.
Now I'm familiar with New Balance's technology, the Encap, and the Crash pad are the 2 mainfeatures around the heel area.
As well, of course, is the Fresh Foam.
The Encap, the matte looking hard plastic around the ankle area.
The Encap is what makes the structure stay the same, but also feel the squishiness rightbetween your heel.
Sometimes, you don't have stability, and your heel might be thrown off.
But with the Encap it apparently locks it down for you.
And the Adzorb crash pad is the part where it has a thicker EVA foam, which is supposedto help you with your heavy impact in your heel strike.
And of course there is Fresh Foam which also gives you the squishiness while you're walkingand while having the rest of the support there.
The Fresh Foam gives you a rebound back, It's responsive and it's squishy.
At the bottom of the shoe, near the heel side, you can see there is column, and if you putyour finger there and squish it, that is where the real squishiness of what you're feelingunder the heel of your foot, while you're walking in the Fresh Foam.
With boost your direction of cushioning is 360, with 574 Fresh Foam, it is up and downcomfort.
No side to side.
When you squish the Fresh Foam Downwards, it folds downwards into the geometric shapesof the midsole.
Now for the people's who has been watching my videos, you guys know that I have 2 preferencesin all my shoes.
Number 1 is comfort, and number 2 is looks.
and if those 2 things are completely fulfilled.
I'll definitely support having that design or that company make that shoe.
And for me, I think that this New Balance, really really good.
It's not like an Ultraboost good, it's not like a Pureboost good, But in it's own ways,it has it's own good properties.
This shoe does not disappoint, and it's really amazing what New Balance has done here.
They took their own styles, and their own flavours and made a really comfortable shoethat is good looking, like this is very minimal, this is probably one of the most minimal shoesthat I've seen for new Balance.
It takes a really sleek slim line shape.
and it really has good comfort not straying away from their roots, such as their Encaptechnology, their Adzorb crash pad, and introducing the new Fresh Foam.
Well Fresh Foam is not necessarily new, they've been doing it since, 2013 I think.
I'm not too sure, you can look it up.
But of course any new technology can be re-iterated, and keep on making.
But this is the first Fresh Foam that has really caught my eye.
This is why I've copped it to show you guys.
Mind you, this is my first time seriously trying New Balance, and I can tell you I amimpressed.
I'm really impressed with the technology, I'm impressed with the look of it, and itis very comfortable.
I definitely support New Balance for changing their direction with their Fresh Foam models.
This one, it seems like it has a bright future ahead of it.
It's not too expensive, its about $192 Canadian after taxes.
So it's still a very affordable and comfortable sneaker to rock around.
Anyways, I hoped you guys enjoyed this refreshing look at a new brand.
That I've never talked about on this channel, as well as a new silhouette.
This has been Billy Visuals, you guys just got Visualized and I'll see you guys in thenext one.