The New Balance 327 upper is made of a combination of light padded nylon and suede which gives it that retro vibe some modern styles have. The upper feels very breathable which makes it an ideal summer sneaker. There is light padding around the ankle area and tongue. A signature part of this design is the oversized logo that goes in sync to the elongated outsole that goes all the way up the ankle. It is the same logo that in 2021 New Balance used on the 57/40 and the 237, among others. Initially some have criticized this look but clearly New Balance knew what they were doing, given the recent trends. Now, the proven success the shoe has had for the past 3 years clearly shows that it was a winner move. Given the upper construction it is clear that the brand made no effort in making out of this shoe anything else but a fashion sneaker to be worn casually.
New Balance did not include any of its latest midsole technologies in the design of this shoe, likely to keep the price down. It features a standard, removable EVA insole that sits on top of a foam midsole that is bulkier in the forefront and heel with a narrow area in the midfoot. This helps make the shoe super light and flexible. Casual , everyday wear is what these are clearly made for. We quickly concluded during this New Balance 327 review that running in these or taking them to the gym is not ideal as they have no room for added support. They are a lot like the original New Balance 530 model in this regard. However, if you’re on a budget and maybe looking for something more lightweight you can check out the New Balance 515.
Are New Balance 327 good for running?
No, the New Balance 327 is not recommended for running. They lack room for added support, and the design focuses on casual wear rather than athletic performance. The sole unit features a standard foam midsole without any technology that would provide the necessary support and cushioning for running activities.
Are New Balance 327 comfortable?
The New Balance 327 is very comfortable for everyday wear. The upper is made of a combination of light padded nylon and suede, providing a breathable and stylish design. The shoe is flexible, and there is no need to break them in. However, it’s worth noting that individuals with a wide forefoot or midfoot may find them a bit narrow, so comfort may vary depending on foot shape.
All in all, to conclude our New Balance 327 review, this is a stylish sneaker that could be part of any rotation, except those with wide feet or in need of extra arch support. In 2022 their price went up to $100 but they still remain a top option in this price range. While the quality of the materials are not great they are still a very solid shoe that will last.