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February 27, 2024

New Balance 574 Sneakers Review

For me, spring means stashing away the ankle boots and stocking up on sneakers for the transition to warmer weather and sunnier days. When I saw that New Balance came out with some 574 Core sneakers in a perfect mid-tone shade of pink (for $89.99), they haunted my dreams for a few nights. As an avid collector of New Balance sneakers, I had to make them mine. I'm deep into my pink coquette era, and I have been actively hunting for a cute pair of pink statement sneakers since last summer. Fortunately, Journeys had a new shipment of spring merchandise, and I was able to score a pair. In this post, I'll be reviewing the fit, sizing, and comfort of the New Balance 574 Core sneakers.


In my experience, the New Balance 574 sneakers run slightly small. I recommend sizing up a half size for more comfort. If your feet are wide, I'd even go up a full size. Like other New Balance styles, the insoles are removable, so you can add your own inserts or orthotics. When it's cooler outside, I remove my New Balance insoles and I add UGG sheepskin insoles for a cozy feel. 

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In terms of design and styling, the New Balance 574 in pink sugar has a balanced mix of textural details, mesh and suede panels, a shiny patent heel panel, and tonal laces/logo. I love how the 574 silhouette is classic and understated, but the tonal pink uppers make them fashion forward.

They manage to look both modern and retro, with recycled materials for eco-conscious consumers. The only thing I'd change in terms of appearance is to make the logo white so it stands out. 

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The rugged outsole and light cushioning make them appropriate for light hikes, short jogs, cycling, and leisurely walks. In terms of cushioning, I wouldn't reach for these for my HIIT workouts because I rely on my Hoka Bondi 8 sneakers for that. For me,
the 574 is more of a lifestyle (or fashion) sneaker, and I plan to wear them with my handmade floral dresses for a casual sporty vibe throughout summer and fall. 

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Compared to the New Balance 327 and 237, the 574 is more comfortable and feels more supportive. Compared to the 574+ platforms, the platforms are more cushioned and preferable for long walks than the 574. 

If you love platforms, then see my review of the New Balance 574+ platform sneakers.

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