I used to sell asics/newbalance as a kid (way back) and even though they kinda getting a little "hypebeast" love these past 2 years they really have a core following and its hard as fu*k to learn about every shoe.
I would have to know all the models/name/performances and sh*t because asic runner's would come in going hard with the sneaker talk
new balance customer's would come in asking for every size in "width" because new balance has any size for the abnormal wide foot.
I actually have been thinking of doing a collab sneaker with mizuno or atleast asking and seeing if they would be open..I know one of the rep's high up.
People around here rock the new balance 992s kinda heavy especially closer to the dc area....but you are right they are hard as hell to keep track of. You have to be "in the know" whereas Jordan info is so widespread I know release dates without even looking lol