- Nb Cushioning Comfort Insert
- No-Sew Material Application
- Rubber Outsole
- Synthetic/Mesh Upper
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The shoe laces had to be loosened substantially to allow the top of my foot into the shoe. The toe box pinched both my big and "pinky" toes. The mesh does expand to allow my foot to fully slip into the shoe, but being relatively new to this material, I'm unsure how far I "should" let the mesh stretch?
These are supposed to be "cushioning" shoes, but they did not seem very well cushioned. The molding of the inner-sole seemed convex (or bulging) rather than concave, resulting in the bottom of the shoe pressing into the ball of my foot.
The "comfort insert" pulled out of the right shoe when I removed my foot. There was adhesive on the insert, so I don't know if is designed to come out that easily?
Update: I ordered a half size larger, in white, and that shoe is much looser, alleviating several of the problems experienced with my "regular size". However, I had to cinch up the laces to keep the larger size in place. All in all, I had trouble finding an ideal fit. I can't imagine these being good for walking any distance, let alone running.
I wouldn't recommend this shoe, but at under $20 the all-black version is not bad looking. You may want to size up and give it a try for yourself.
I have a pair of the NB Arishi Fresh Foam that suffer none of these issues (but IS pretty ugly). Good luck...
However, if you paid more than $25, look elsewhere. New Balance used to be a high quality product and brand. The materials used for the sneakers are thin and flimsy and are wrapped in a loose fitting mesh. The entire front portion of the sneakers where the toes are to where the laces begin are all baggy. The sneakers look like irregulars. Maybe that's why they are priced at $21.
If you are an active person, I can see where your toes would rip right through the material if you were running. It's that thin.
I will still give these sneakers 3 stars because they do fit and are comfortable as walk around shoes. I deducted 1 star for the flimsy material. I deducted an additional star because the looseness of the material around the front of the sneakers shows lack of quality control by New Balance. It's a shame because this could have been a 4 star product.
Update: I wore them around the house for a day and when I woke up the 2nd day my little toe on one foot was sore and the midsole on the other was sore.
They run narrow and a tad short. I returned them.