Pros: Excellent support, wear extremely well, look nice.
Cons: A bit heavy. A bit expensive.
New Balance is the only brand of sneaker I'm "permitted" to wear. This rule comes from my podiatrist. I have been suffering from Plantar Fasciitis for the past several years. This painful condition has to do with inflammation and tightening of the tissue that stretches between the heel and the toe. The first thing any doctor will tell you, after diagnosing you with this condition, is to wear "good" shoes. No more cheapies!
My doctor doesn't really care which model of sneaker I purchase, but he definitely recommends New Balance. And, frankly, since I started wearing this brand a few years ago, I'm completely hooked.
I have the WW605 sneaker, in tan and black shades.
This suede and mesh sneaker is very attractive, especially when worn with tan, black, and brown tones. Like all New Balance sneakers, the big N is proudly displayed on the back.
My doctor recommends this brand for me for several reasons. One is that I need a sneaker with a wide ‘toe box'. This means that I need lots of space for my toes, or I suffer from various toe-related problems. All of the New Balance "walkers" that I've worn have been great for my toes - no crushing, and plenty of room to wiggle. These shoes have a leather upper, as opposed to mesh. This is another requirement of mine, as the mesh uppers always tear where my big toe hits them. The V-shaped notch in the heel means no rubbing – another important consideration for me.
I have to remove the insert that comes with the shoe, in order to use my orthotic. So I can’t speak to how well the shoe’s insert lasts, since I don’t use them. But I will say that the insert that comes with the shoe is well-cushioned and feels very comfortable.
The other thing that New Balance provides is support. Plenty of it. Support for the arches, heels, and even ankles. I don't know all (or frankly any) of technical aspects that go into a shoe, I just know that these sneakers are extremely comfortable, and they look great.
They also "wear" extremely well. I usually have three pairs at any one time, so I'm always switching off. My sneakers can last for years before they start to fray, tear, or lose their support. Even after years of use, there are no holes, and the soles look pretty good. Unlike with some of my cheapie shoes, the soles are not flattened out on one side. There are no tears in the eyelets.
In fact, my only real complaint with these sneakers is their weight. I would call these heavy and clunky; I prefer a lighter shoe. Still, they’re the best sneakers I’ve ever worn.
Sure, New Balance costs more than I ever thought I'd spend on a pair of sneakers ($80 - $110), but they definitely last. And they don't exacerbate my foot-problems. My doctor says New Balance is for me, and I am a believer.
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