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The best of the what I can wear.
on July 6, 2012
I need a straight last shoe since I have fallen arches and have had a lot of broken bones all over including my feet. Nike stopped making such shoes some years ago and I turned to New Balance and have not looked back since. I have worn 1123 (and whatever similar number preceded those) for years, and longed for an edition in black that I could use for semi-casual wear. When NB made this replacement in black I was among the first to get them; I had put in a pre-order with NB.
I appreciate that the 1540's are lighter and stronger than the 1123's. However, as others here have noted, the box has less mesh and more solid structure, so it fits differently. My small toes kept rubbing and blistering; the 2E width was fine; it is the shoe. I called NB and returned them for another pair, but they all have the same defects. The seam inside now crosses the toes, and it is too rough, causing this problem. I finally took a file and smoothed it out, and also have now covered the seam with a small patch of Moleskin padding -- a hint from my wife who was a ballet dancer. This works absolutely fine now, but WHY!? WHY should I have to do this for a fairly expensive running shoe; this should be fixed at the factory! NB has dropped the ball here. NB Customer Service kept telling me why they designed the toe box to be more sturdy, instead of addressing the actual problems with the shoe -- shame on them.