From: Boston, MA
Founded: 1906

How were you introduced to New Balance? Through sneaker websites, two for $89 deals, or A Tribe Called Quest Lyrics? Long before Phife Dawg was shouting out the Boston-based athletic footwear company, New Balance originated as an arch support company in 1906. 50 years later, the brand would design its first pair of running sneakers, setting forth on a path that would establish it as not only one of the industry's premier brands, but as the only current manufacturer of athletic footwear in the U.S.A. New Balance is great because it offers a viable alternative to to overly-technical footwear. The brand's grey suede uppers and sturdy midsoles give you a sneaker that doesn't crease up or fall apart after four wears.