Pros: Attractive design; affordable
Cons: Too narrow at the toe; shoe laces need to be constantly retied.
I have wide feet, there I own it! So, for me I cannot just go into a store and slip on any ole shoe, it has to be at least a 4E. And to date when it comes to athletic shoes only one company makes a wide variety of shoes that fit my feet; New Balance. I own two pair of New Balance cross training shoes that fit perfectly, but are starting to fall apart because I owned them for over ten years! So a few months ago I started auditioning new shoes---New Balance of course—and settled on the New Balance 646 Walking Shoe for Men with decidedly mixed results.
Why a walking shoe and not another cross trainer you ask? Well, I have embarked on a more rigorous workout routine that involves at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least four times a week. And since I loathe running I have doing some serious walking and I needed a comfortable walking shoe. Also, my arches have been giving me problems and the tops of my feet have started to hurt intermittently, so, again I need a comfortable shoe with loads of support everywhere!
The New Balance 646 Walking Shoe for Men is an attractive shoe; it is made from a leather/mesh combination with a rubber sole. The shoe can be ordered/bought in three colors: Grey, Black/Grey, or Brown; I purchased two pair in Black/Grey and Brown. One pair I use to workout in and the other is used for everyday wear.
My experience with the New Balance 646 Walking Shoe for Men has been mixed. As I stated earlier in the review I need a size 4E; the shoe is made in that size, so I of course bought it in that size. And while the middle and back of the shoes fit my feet perfectly, the front of the shoe is too narrow and pinch my toes; the result: over prolonged use—an hour or so—the outside edge my big toes starts to hurt and the pain makes it hard to complete my cardio workout! Very disappointing! Why did New Balance narrow with width of the shoe at the toe?
Otherwise the New Balance 646 Walking Shoe for Men works for me; it’s stylish, provide adequate support for my arch and the outside of my feet and is affordable: I paid $79.99 per pair at Amazon.com.
I decided to keep the New Balance 646 Walking Shoe for Men because my other shoes are falling apart and I need a replacement hoping that in time I can break them in and my toes will stop hurting. In the meantime I have kept my other New Balance cross trainers and wear them if I know I am going to do any kind of cardio work.
One other niggling little thing: the shoe laces on the New Balance 646 Walking Shoe for Men have to be constantly retied! Over time they come loose! Never has that happen with athletic shoes before, so now I have to double tie them! Huh?