Sizing: The New Balance Numeric Stratford 533 v2 skate shoe runs half size small so I needed to go half size up from my normal size. The PJ Ladd’s 2nd pro model with New Balance Numeric is also iconic to his first pro model. The half size up feels good in the toe area while the heel stays locked in and the foot doesn’t slip out of the shoe.
Boardfeel/Grip: The boardfeel of the New Balance Numeric Stratford 533 v2 skate shoes is good with a pretty grippy outsole. The outsole of the shoe is hard and stiff which makes it not as flexible as a vulcanized shoe when at the same time the grip is a lot above average for such a stiff sole.
Shape: The New Balance Stratford 533 v2 skate shoe as mentioned above is not the most flexible skate shoe in the beginning and it takes a while before it breaks in and becomes softer. This means that the shoe keeps its shape for far longer than the average skate shoes.
Durability: The New Balance Stratford 533 v2 skate shoe is the the champion of durability. The suede is extremelly strong and the sole in the bottom of the shoe will not rip easily. It is a pretty durable overall shoe.
Cushioning: The cushion of the New Balance Stratford 533 v2 features a rev lite foam between your insole and the outsole but to be honest I didn’t feel at any time that I was wearing a shoe offering me good cushioning. It is not that the the rev lite cushion is bad, but i believe the shoe is so stiff with any flexibility that it is hard to feel any kind of cushion. The insole of this shoe is just a standard New Balance Numeric foam insole. To summarize, the shoe feels as a stiff flat shoe that cushioning doesn’t really play a big part.
Style: New Balance Numeric and PJ Ladd did a great job on how the PJ Stratford 533 v2 skate shoe model looks like. I can assure you that it looks pretty nice on feet. Also it gives a nice feeling seeing them on your feet while skating, which plays in my opinion a big role when choosing your pair. A great looking shoe.
Check out the video and see how do they look like in real time—>New balance numeric PJ stratford 533 v2 review video
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