11. New Balance 1500
Top-tier performance from New Balance was perfected with this new shape from the brand. That numerical name almost correlates with the shoe's original hefty price tag, but for your money you got the triple-density Evathane pad, ENCAP midsole to withstand compression and the option of multiple widths. This was built to maximize performance and minimize abrasion. That RRP made them a Lo-Life favorite, but to this day, the 1500 maintains a certain aura perfected by the folks of Europe and their Flimby-made variations for a variety of collaborators. For a while the Asian-made takes with the bulbous toe got no love, but the shape has improved significantly. UK and US-made 1500s still win. Rubber, polyurethane, leather and nylon in perfect unity.