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Fashion should be as much about practicality as it is about expression. That’s why the New Balance Essentials collection is actually worthy of a spot in your wardrobe — today, tomorrow and years from now. These timeless pieces never go out of style, but they also offer the performance technology you’ll need to keep you moving forward at the gym, on the street and anywhere else.

New Balance is where athletes, fitness enthusiasts and trendsetters have always gone to find new and exclusive apparel, from the aforementioned Essentials pieces to the key lifestyle sneaks that pair effortlessly alongside them. What’s more, since it went independent in 1906, this brand has always found ways to give back to the community — like with its creative, skillful associates from around the world who participate in hands-on projects with New Balance Foundation charities.

Check out cult-favorite New Balance classic and lifestyle sneakers plus shop new releases from the New Balance Essentials collection below:

Top lifestyle and classic NB sneakers

Made in USA 992 ($184.99; New Balance)

Who can say no to pastels? The Made in USA 992 unisex lifestyle sneaker is the pop of color you need for your spring and summer wardrobe. A heritage style with classic New Balance features, this sneaker offers dimensional style and a seriously comfortable fit. Pair with beige slacks, or a floral mini and you’re good to go.

Made in USA 990v5 Core ($184.99; New Balance)

“These are the best sneakers I have bought!…They are so comfortable with the ortho insole and match with all my outfits. I will definitely be purchasing another pair in the near future,” writes one of over 1,000 reviewers. The Made in US 990v5 Core lifestyle shoe is a favorite from the 990 series; it features the legendary New Balance silhouette, a sleek range of colors, and an all-day comfort Ortholite insert plus supportive midsole. Whether you’re kicking off the day with a morning run, or preparing an outfit to hit the town for Sunday brunch, these sneakers have you covered.

624 ($74.99; New Balance)


According to reviewers, these 624 cross-trainers require “no breaking in” and are great for the “gym and/or daily walks,” though some buyers love them so much they wear them “seven days a week.” The white leather upper is always on-trend, while the foam midsole and EVA heel pocket keep you comfortable and supported all day long. Most importantly, those who have been wearing this style for “over 15 years” say that the comfort and quality have never, ever declined.

Top classics from the NB Essentials Collection

NB Essentials Stacked Logo Tee ($27.99; New Balance)

Available in six different colors, this Stacked Logo tee features a cotton jersey fabric with a screen-printed logo. (In order to meet New Balance’s green leaf standard, 50% or more of its materials come from environmentally preferred sources.) With its short sleeves and athletic fit, it’s timeless and pairs well with everything from jeans to leggings — and you can even restyle it as a comfy, casual dress when you buy it in a larger size.

NB Essentials Stacked Logo Po Hoodie ($59.99; New Balance)

The Stacked Logo Po hoodie showcases the same iconic logo but on a laid-back sweatshirt made from cotton-polyester French terry fabric. As a result, it’s soft and durable — and the relaxed fit drapes across the chest and waist so you can go about your day with flexibility. Get it in your choice of eight different colors and sizes from XS to 5XL.

NB Essentials ID Legging ($26.91; New Balance)

These are not your average leggings. For one, they’re made from a blend of cotton and spandex, so they’re stretchy, breathable, comfortable and skin-friendly. For another, they feature striped stretch tape on the outer legs as well as a box logo on the thigh. The fixed silhouette may be high-rise for coverage and security, but it still allows for a full range of motion, whether you’re running errands or doing reps.