The 868 caused quite a stir when we premiered it in Part 1 of our Agenda Sneak Peak for NB#. That alone is reason enough for naming it our Pick Of The Month for July ’16, although there’s plenty of other consideration at play here. Still, it’s not often that we see anywhere near as many opinions on a singular model as we did on the 868, and we appreciate a shoe that gets people talking.
While NB# has been relatively reserved in strutting their technical savvy, the 868 team model fully embraces and showcases New Balance’s experience in the field of making quality shoes. Pulling no punches, the 868 does not apologize for being the most technical model to date from New Balance (or any brand, for that matter). The internally reinforced toe features Ndure technology and ensures that this model will outlast any traditional upper. To add to that, a cushy dual-durometer EVA material can be found within the midsole and is accompanied by a PU insole. With these two technologies back-to-back, expect to limp back up the stairs a little less than usual.
Aesthetically, the 868 takes some risks and cues from those waiting for skate shoes to return to their technical past, including the resurgence of the runner toe that was so short-lived. If you find yourself curious enough to try these out, note that you’ll only be able to find them at your local skate shop this July. The initial offerings include black suede/gum or grey/black, and MSRP at $110. Like ceramic bearings, they’re a bit steep in price but worth every penny.