New Balance 442 v2 football boots review: A comfortable no-thrills boot that won't cost you the world

The New Balance 442v2 is a decent option for the amateur baller or kick about lover that won't cost you a fortune

New Balance 442 review
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FourFourTwo Verdict

This no-thrills boot values comfort and durability above all, and would make a decent choice for players after a cheaper option


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    Very comfortable K-leather

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    Durable and long-lasting

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    Choice of colourways

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    Not as stylish

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    Lacking in tech

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    Slightly heavier than some ranges

The first pair of proper boots this FFT reviewer owned as a kid – bought from P&P Sports in Wallsend many many moons ago – were non other than New Balance Bryan Robsons. They were majestic. They were leather. They made us faster (probably not) and they were worth their weight in gold. 

Cut to 30+ years later and these actually golden New Balance boots arrived for review, embroidered with the world's football magazine of choice: New Balance 442.

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Art Director

Anthony Moore is FourFourTwo's cantankerous Geordie Art Director, part-time boot reviewer and full-time goal machine in the floodlit dominion of Monday evening football with his mates. A long-suffering Toon fan, Anth has managed to crowbar his Magpie heroes into more mag covers than performances have warranted in recent years and will continue to do so until he receives an official written warning.