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Inspired by great American authors and their timeless works, our Bespoke Authors 998 captures the beauty of simplicity with world-renowned, Chicago-sourced Horween® leather. It’s simple luxury, made in America.
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Inspired by great American authors and their timeless works, the Bespoke Made in USA collection captures the beauty of simplicity. Nature was the muse for many iconic authors and is brought to life through premium luxe materials like naturally lustrous Horween® leather, simple colors and thoughtful design details like waxed laces and a buffing shoe shammy. Just as American authors carefully craft plot lines and characters, the American makers at New Balance bring an unparalleled level of craftsmanship to every shoe they make.
  • ABZORB® cushioning in the midfoot provides exceptional shock absorption
  • Non-marking outsole
  • Premium Horween leather upper
  • We are proud to be the only major company to make or assemble more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the USA, which represents a limited portion of our US sales. Where the domestic value is at least 70%, we label our shoes Made in the USA.
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    Overall Product Rating

    5.0 / 5
    2 Reviews

    100% of reviewers recommend this product

    1 of 2

    Beautiful, comfortable, and sturdy shoes

    11/29/14 by | Daly City

    • Used Product For: less than 2 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 0-5 miles
    • Primary Activity: Walking

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "The leather is top notch and so is the workmanship, like what you'd expect from high-end New Balance models. The fit is standard, just right. I'm likely to purchase another, depends on how this current pair performs re longevity and flexibility."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    2 of 2

    Great high-end shoe

    10/21/14 by | Columbus, Ohio

    • Used Product For: 2-4 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 0-5 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 0-5 miles
    • Primary Activity: Walking

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "First pair of 998s coming from 990, 991, 992 and 993s. Little thicker sole than I was expecting but overall profile isn't too high. Was worried they were too big at first, even though I ordered the correct size, but found they fit well and my foot didn't move much in them. Obviously they look great and the comfort is there. Build quality is very good as well, only a couple stitches are out of place. Price is up there for sure, but I guess you only live once. Would easily consider buying others from this collection as they all seem to be excellent shoes from an excellent American company."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    Re-purchase Likelihood Probably Would Not Purchase Again Would Purchase Again