New Balance 581

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The New Balance 581 basketball shoe is a slam dunk! With extra traction and cushioning, this shoe delivers on — and off — the court.

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The 581 is a great all-around basketball shoe, with a herringbone outsole for traction on the court and serious cushioning to keep you comfortable before, during, and after your game.
  • Herringbone Outsole allows increased traction for lateral motion and quick pivoting
  • Non-marking outsole
  • Synthetic upper
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    Soft-cushioning foam layered with a firmer structured foam for a midsole with added comfort and support from heel-strike to toe-off.

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    Average Rating


    32 Reviews

    88% of reviewers recommend this product

    Size 4 of 5

    Runs Small
    Runs Large

    Fit 4 of 5

    Runs Narrow
    Runs Wide

    Comfort 5 of 5


    Jan 7, 2017

    runs small

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    "It seems that New Balance that are made in China run smaller and narrower than the US counter parts. You would think that if you wear a certain size in a brand of shoes you could reliably buy that size in every make."

    Dec 22, 2016

    Best basketball shoes.

    - Largo, FL

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    "Great ankle support. But not to high. Great Value. Recommended to friends who bought and feel the same. Will be ordering another pair."

    Dec 16, 2016


    - Newport News Va.

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    "I like your bb shoes. Wish there were more styles. Can't find them in stores and don't mind ordering online and have been for years. I like there are wide shoes available and USA made."

    Dec 16, 2016

    First New Balance snickers

    - New York City

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    "We even did not know that new balance has a basketball shoes. This purchase was our first experiance and I must say that it was such a nice surprise. We made purchase online smoothly without any trouble. We get product for two days! Customer service is also very efficient. We love our first New Balance basketball shoes they are so comfy!"

    Oct 27, 2016

    581 new balance shoes

    - Ellensburg,Wa

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    "Very comfortable shoes.Used for my volleyball games .So comfortable it felt like I didn't have any shoes on.I'm glad l bought them.I want to buy another pair."

    Oct 18, 2016

    Like the Basketball shoes

    - Plano, Texas

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    "Wear comfortably and like it when play the basketball."

    Oct 15, 2016

    nb 581

    - ohiohoes

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    "a very nice and covetable high top shoe, made in the USA, was a Nike guy. but now I have found a quality shoe at a great price.....and not made over seas, THANK YOU NEW BALANCE"

    Oct 15, 2016

    Great fitting show

    - Wheeling, WV

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    "Love this shoe, fits like a glove and is extremely comfortable. Look good as the feel."

    Sep 13, 2016


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    "The stitching in the toe are is always the first to fail. Often the leather will tear on the sides as well."

    Aug 27, 2016

    Customer satisfaction

    - plainfield, indiana

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    "New Balance is the only manufacturer that still makes a basic white basketball shoe. I am old school and really do not like all the colors with the shoes now days. I bought a pair and had a issue with them after about 90 days. I wrote a e-mail to New Balance and they told me too send them back and then they gave me credit toward a new pair. They took care of a problem with no questions asked. This is how a company gains customer retention. I am definitely going to buy my next pair from New Balance."

    Aug 2, 2016

    Great sneaks

    - Cary NC

    "Love the sneakers and have been using them for years! I like them so much I haven't even look for any other types!"

    Jul 13, 2016

    Comfortable, light training shoe

    - Chicago, IL

    "I have bought these shoes twice and they are excellent for versatile training. The Fresh Foam makes them light and comfortable, yet they are durable. The first pair ran a bit bigger compared to the running shoes I wear, so I tried on a size smaller for my next purchase. Overall I am pleased with these shoes."

    Jun 30, 2016

    customer for life!

    - Columbia, MO

    "I looked everywhere for years looking for New Balance basketball shoes. As long as your selling them, I'll buy them! I am severely disabled, and I believe if they were more available, every disabled person would be impressed with the comfort. I would like more styles, and about 1/2 inch higher ankle support would be great. I ordered my shoes Tuesday afternoon, and I received them Friday morning. Excellent!"

    Jun 13, 2016

    Chinese made, Not terrible for the price.

    - 54911

    "The 2e wide width is slightly narrower on this pair of Chinese made New Balance compared to the American made 2e's. Would've preferred American made like my last three pairs of New Balance shoes."

    May 17, 2016

    Finally a basketball shoe from new balance

    - Forest Hills, NY

    "A good fit with great support and traction on the court, I wish there were more color choices and different styles of basketball shoes."

    May 8, 2016

    love not to hi and not a cross trainer either i hate wearing ankle supports all the time so tthey work perfect

    - aberdeen,wa

    "Love them to death would were them every were and do because I don't like any others"

    May 2, 2016

    The top eyelets are very uncomfortable to use; if you don't use them, though, the tongue hangs out like a donkey eear

    - Prosper, TX 75078, USA

    "I expected allot more from this shoe for basketball. The top eyelets -- which any basketball player would want to use for ankle support are unusable. If you do try to use them, the laces cut into your ankle. If you don't use the top eyelets, the tongue flops out and there is not enough ankle support for basketball. I have bought New Balance my whole life, but this shoe is a major disappointment"

    May 1, 2016

    I'm still breaking them in before wearing to the gym for my aerobics, zumba and line dancing classes.

    - Ripley, WV, USA

    "The high tops fit good and are comfortable in the toes, heel and width. The true test will be when I first wear them on the hardwood floor doing aerobics, step aerobics, zumba, and line dancing."

    Apr 30, 2016

    Bring back the BB 82 !

    - Monroe,MI

    "Shoe runs big, is clunky. Way too much room in the heel area. Terrible shoe. I LOVED the BB 82 it had a streamlined fit and was a great shoe. This 581 the so called replacement isn't nearly as good"

    Apr 4, 2016

    Excellent product

    - Mishawaka, IN, USA

    "I ordered a wide width for these shoes, but at first it was difficult to get my feet in and the fit seemed very tight. However, after wearing them several times the shoes have become quite comfortable and they are my go-to shoes for casual walking."

    Mar 24, 2016

    new balance 581

    - florida

    "good fit and a real nice looking shoe . they never hurt my feet when breaking them in. the color is real nice."

    Mar 24, 2016

    Nice Shoes. Really Comfortable!

    - Fishers, IN, USA

    "I have been a New Balance convert since 1995 and they are still the only tennis shoes that I buy today. I don't think that you can beat the quality and comfort for the price with any other shoe brand. These shoes appear to be no different. I have only had them for a few weeks but am already a fan. I will probably purchase another pair when these wear out. I only wish they had a couple different basketball shoes to choose from. Other than that, I have no complaints."

    Mar 16, 2016

    581 basketball shoe

    - Oak Creek, WI, USA

    "This is a great shoe for basketball stylish and light."

    Mar 6, 2016


    - Roseville, MN, USA

    "Good shoes, price, fit and return policy to find good fit"

    Feb 22, 2016

    Lightweight, good support.

    - Lexington, KY, USA

    "581's are lightweight and offer good support and good grip. This is my third pair; I keep coming back to them. Durability is good: I wear them 5 - 6 times a week (basketball and racquet sports) and get 9 - 12 months out of them. They could use more arch support, but inserts take care of that. My only complaint is the lack of color and size availability."

    Feb 11, 2016

    Quality comfortable wide basketball shoes

    - Mobile, AL

    "It's VERY difficult to find wide bball shoes. These shoes are comfortable, long lasting, and reasonably priced."

    Feb 6, 2016

    great comfort

    - So Cal

    "I would recommend this product to others. It looks nice and feels great."

    Feb 5, 2016

    The 581 sneaker - A great shoe for the price

    - Clifton Park, NY

    "Have trouble finding/buying a sneaker -- wide, good ankle support and made in the USA -- to help this 70+ year old jump shooter play league hoops 3x a week! Just bought two pairs of the 581 so I don't run out. This is a great shoe!"

    Jan 31, 2016

    over 65 still love the game

    - Cranston, RI, USA

    "I love the shoe,I have two pairs one for future use, the only reason I didn't put excellent is the quality of the insole it could and should be better, however if I should need another pair of basketball sneakers I would buy them again esp. if the insole were improved!!!!"

    Jan 31, 2016

    I love them.

    - Camp Hill, PA, USA

    "These shoes may be the best I've owned in 46 years of playing basketball. Affordable 4E width basketball shoes have become impossible to find in the past two years. My All-terrain shoes have been New Balances for more than a decade, so I felt confident ordering these shoes without first trying them on. They are sturdy, comfortable and provide excellent traction. Shipping was very fast. I shall soon order another pair to have on hand when this pair wears out."

    Jan 31, 2016

    Great ankle/arch support, keeping an eye on the leather for cracking

    - Chicago

    "I've played a few games in them so far and they seem to have great ankle support. I know they're supposed to have good arch support as well, and so far that seems to be the case. The only thing I'm keeping an eye on is the "leather" (or whatever the external material is), since it seems like it's quickly developing a "fold" by my toes, and I'm hoping that won't crack down the road."

    Jan 30, 2016

    like them high tops .

    - Medford, OR, USA

    "new balance shoes are good but look over there entirely selections before ordering ."