To this day, the New Balance model 574 shoes are the most comfortable I've ever worn in my life.
I distinctly remember seeing Phife Dawg wore New Balance shoes in a photo on the first A Tribe Called Quest album.
I had another sneaker brand on my mind so I paid New Balance no mind until nearly a decade later.
I bought a pair in New York, of all places in downtown Brooklyn, and couldn't believe how comfortable they were.
They were so comfortable that I wore them all-year round until they lost their lustre. Even when the time came to chuck them, I was reluctant to do so because I wasn't guaranteed that kind of comfort from my next pair of sneakers unless they too were New Balance.
As I am on the verge of putting another pair of kicks to pasture, I'm happy to know that I can find New Balance in my hometown.