New Balance basketball shoes is one of the world's major sports shoes manufacturers. Although, New Balance hasn't been much inclined on sponsoring the National Baskeball Association (NBA) players, since James Worth wore their shoes, in the 1980s, they are now making a re-entry to the NBA late in 2018 by signing a multi-year, $5 million deal with the 27 year old, Kawhi Leonard from the Toronto Raptors.
Perhaps due to the long years absence from the NBA, New Balance Basketball Shoes actually had a hard time convincing other players sign with them as few other top players actually turned them down before they actually tied the knot with Kawhi Leonard. Some big NBA stars that turned New Balance down include:
Kelly Oubre Jr.
New Balance was persitant on trying to acquire a deal with this youngster, they did however lose out against the Converse brand that is owned by Nike.
As Hayward Nike contract expired, he entered into several basketball shoes suppliers, including the New Balance basketball shoes brand. New Balance actually wanted to make Gordon Hayward the new face of their re-entry into the basketball world. The deal still did not go through as New Balance lost out the battle against the Chinese shoe supplier called Anta.
Joel actually showed much interest by working with New Balance, however due to the huge sponsorship deal offered by the Under Armour brand, New Balance lost out on this one again as Joel Embiid signed perhaps the highest shoe deal recently.
New Balance Shoes Technical Features
In contrast with their competitors where they keep their factories in other parts of the world, New Balance actually manufactures their shoes exclusively in the U.S.A and U.K to maintain and differentiate their products technical features with blended gel inserts, heel counters and a greater selection of sizes, particularly for very narrow or very wide widths.
Branded Basketball Shoe / Casual Wear off the court
Despite having these branded basketball shoes namely New Balance basketball shoes, the Jordan brand, Nike, Converse being worn on the basketball court, many of these brands also tend to influence their wear off the court with casual wear. Below is some nice multi-purpose - men clothing / women clothing (black jeans) that fit well with the below New Balance Basketball Shoes that can also serve well as gift ideas for men and even gift ideas for women...