New Balance CW442CT Shoes for Women

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New Balance CW442CT: Adidas and Nike, Are You Watching?

Sep 3, 2009 (Updated Sep 3, 2009)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Well priced, extremely comfortable, high quality, versatile look and style

Cons:Gets dirty easily

The Bottom Line: I would recommend this shoe because of its low cost, high quality, and versatility.


I never thought I'd see the day where I would buy a shoe for under $50 and like it more than any other shoe before. I'll admit it - I like shoes. As a guy, that's a pretty big deal. I have a large selection of flip flops, slippers, sneakers, dress shoes, casual shoes, dancing ("going out") shoes, and even Converse (which I can't put into any of those categories). I ran across the New Balance CW442CT shoe just a few weeks ago at my local Kohl's, and I wasn't afraid to pick it up and try it on. I had owned several pairs of New Balance sneakers, and one pair survived in my closet for over two years! Needless to say, I didn't hesitate to purchase the CW442CT's for a smooth $44.99.

Though these shoes are referred to as a "light duty running shoe", I will take issue with this explanation. I have had these for a few weeks and have already put them through the burner. I have taken them through mud, up and down hills, through off-path trails, and even into murky waters. And guess what? Though they may no longer look brand new, they still treat my foot like a prince. All cushioning is intact, and the support has been virtually unchanged.

Which brings me to my next point. These shoes have a flat bottom, which makes them optimal for running - something which goes against what many have learned. The flat bottom help alleviate pressure on the knees and other leg joints, and it minimizes the chances of getting hurt. The flat bottom - which has no narrow crevices - also allows the shoe to be more easily cleaned and maintained.

Which brings me to yet another point. The New Balance CW442CT sneakers are made of suede in a dark chocolate color, with some dark tan outlining around the bottom part of the shoe and around the spot where I insert my foot. But let's rewind - they're suede. They aren't supposed to be heavy duty, down and dirty shoes - suede easily gets dirty and is hard to maintain. One solution to keeping these shoes clean, however, is to buy a special spray which waterproofs suede - something which I always have sitting in my closet. I do find that in order to wipe off dirt and dust, however, the best solution is to take a moist towel and dab it around the shoe. While this does damage the suede somewhat, it is bound to happen sometime or another.

And this brings me to yet another point. While I treat these shoes like a sneaker, they can also be used to complement jeans or khakis. They can we worn casually - to a baseball game or the mall - or slightly more formally - to a club or a semi-casual restaurant. Do with them what you will, but the versatility of this shoe is just another plus. I may even buy a second pair to use exclusively for non-exercising purposes.

And he we are - my final point: the comfort of this shoe. Personally, I find these to be extremely comfortable with sufficient cushioning, arch and side support. When it comes to running, they do a great job; the grip on the underside is strong, and the shoe is light and low, which keeps my ankles from being swiped by the sides with every stride.

I have to admit that I am very impressed with the New Balance CW442CT shoes. For under $50, I am now the proud owner of a sneaker which treats my feet like kings. They are comfortable, light, and provide my foot with sturdy support. Further, they are stylish and versatile - you can wear them virtually anywhere. The next time you're in the market for a common-use or workout shoe, I highly recommend taking the New Balance CW442CT for a test drive.

Note: These shoes are unisex and can be found in both the men's and women's section of shoe stores.


Recommend this product? Yes


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