Distinct Authors 996

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Inspired by great American literature, brought to life by you. Made right here in the USA from premium materials, the Distinct Authors 996 instantly ups your sneaker game.
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Proudly made in America, the New Balance Distinct Authors 996 was inspired by rough and tumble tales of the Wild West. Made with a premium suede in a sandy dust color, this long-standing silhouette also features black bison and Chicago sourced Horween® leathers. An engineer-striped felt detail and a perforated upper bring to mind hardworking train conductors of the era. And a western-style logo insole rounds out the storied style.
  • Non-marking outsole
  • Pigskin/bison 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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    A core of soft cushioning EVA in the midsole with a tough polyurethane rim for more support and durability.

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    Overall Product Rating

    3.0 / 5
    1 Reviews

    0% of reviewers recommend this product

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    Just Okay

    12/10/14 by | Ann Arbor, MI

    • Used Product For: less than 2 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 0-5 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 0-5 miles
    • Primary Activity: Other

    "I wanted to love these shoes. I have been in need of a nice looking sneaker for a while, and thought these were it. I had recently purchased an entry level "made in usa" new balance shoe and was disappointed in its quality. Raw edges, cheap feeling, mediocre construction, etc. So I returned those. Then I tried these. They looked A LOT better in the photos than my previous purchase. They also looked of higher quality, since they are made from nicer materials. When I received the shoes, I thought they did look nice -- but not the wow I was hoping for. Again, I was also disappointed in the craftsmanship. On the very back of the shoe, you could see where excess glue got onto the suede when the sole was being attached and was wiped off. This was the case on both shoes. Especially with suede, this flaw was apparent when the light would hit those areas. And similarly to the other shoe, there were areas with raw edges -- Not as many, but some where still there. Since this shoe is one of the "higher end" New Balance shoes, I was expecting better. The leather felt nice, the shoe did look pretty good, but I just wasn't wow'd. I sent them back for a refund and bought something a little nicer elsewhere. For what its worth, I bought these more for fashion than anything else."

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    Comfort: 4 / 5

    Style: 4 / 5

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