The 1600 from New Balance has a big reputation. After succeeding the 1500 in 1994, the 1600 debuted as the next instalment in science assisted footwear from New Balance. Essentially building on the rubric of elements that were introduced with the 1500, the 1600 witnessed both subtle and major evolutions in form and function. The upper saw a sleek modification of overlays and wraps, with a larger saddle piece and minimised toe-wrap the largest aesthetic difference. Maintained were the hits of 3M and embroidered N. The midsole however saw a mature and logical enhancement. During the gap of development for the 1600, New Balance's signature ENCAP® cushioning and support system was advanced and what initially debuted as ENCAP II® in 1992, was soon retitled ABZORB® in 1994. Now a signature element of midsole construction amongst all New Balance running footwear, the heel component of the 1600 featured a large chunk of ABZORB® cushioning. This was also complimented by a double density foam midfoot that when complimented by a re-engineered rubber outsole and tread, known as Ndurance®, the transformation was complete.

A solid silhouette that bulked up the overlays of the 1500's shape, the 1600 successfully applied new material applications, with an improved midsole and outsole component. The 'Riders Club' edition of the 1600 witnesses these evolved elements in fine form. The combination suede, mesh and leather upper is aided by a reflective blue heel wrap with ABZORB® logo stitching. Underscoring the utilitarian upper is a cushioned midsole featuring the aforementioned ABZORB® support system through the heel and an Ndurance® rubber out-sole for longevity. With a focus on durability and comfort, the Riders Club 1600 espouses New Balance's commitment to fine material applications and craftsmanship, delivering a classic running shoe from the New Balance back catalogue, for the streets of today.


This limited edition release is now available in-store & online.