"The 574s were actually designed by one of the editors for GQ, so with that being said, I have no complaint about the stylish aspect to these shoes. I had hated New Balance before because I had thought that it was a boring brand, but the 574s definitely have changed my perspective. My old everyday shoes were the Nike Cortezs, which were originally designed (way back when) as sprinting/running shoes. However, New Balance has always kept their designs and material catered towards hiking and running. So these shoes are definitely durable. I am actually purchasing a second pair in gray because these are so versatile. Expect comfort, durability, and style when you buy these shoes. I have no complaints yet and do not plan to have any in the future."