I am looking for a lightweight black and white training shoe with good support for lateral movement in boot camp and similar type classes, decent cushioning for high impact jumping, and a wider toe box for my somewhat wide feet. This shoe seems to meet my needs. It has very good lateral support and is not built on one of those minimalist soles. There is cushioning but not a tremendous amount like in a running shoe.
I have previously found New Balance trainers to run big and the wide widths to run too wide for me but this shoe runs short and the wide width is not wide enough. I normally wear a size 7 or 6.5 in sneakers. I ordered a 6.5 C/D and they are too small and the toe box is too tight. I am planning to try the 7 C/D and see if that works for me. If you try this shoe, know that it is running on the smaller side and the wide width is rather narrow for a wide. I typically wear 6.5M or 7M in Asics and 7M in Nike sneakers with enough room in the medium width.
It's not that easy to find a supportive black and white trainer with medium cushioning (I don't like Nikes, which look good but are not supportive enough for me) so I think this is worth a try.
I'd love to hear if anyone has any other suggested shoes. I also really like Asics gel craze TR2 for a supportive lightweight training shoe but they don't make them in black& white.
**update: I have the size 7 C/D and the shoe fits me very well. It's not very wide for a wide, in fact, it runs just a tad wider in the toe box than my other normal width athletic shoes. There is a lot of room for adjustment with the laces for a higher instep foot (which I do not have but my son does so I pay attention to this). The shoe is comfortable with more padding at the back of the shoe and less at the forefoot, I assume to allow for better agility and pivoting. There is good arch support on this shoe. I think I will keep these shoes although I wish it were just a tad more padded in the forefoot area.
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