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Size is different from previous New Balance, black finish comes off immediately. Poor quality over all
on May 9, 2011
I have worn the same New Balance Walking Shoe for years. I have narrow feet that get very wide at the widest part. I lost my arches due to an accident about 12 years ago so they flatten out more than before.
I always get size 9.5 4E, which I then fill with Spendco insoles designed for plantar fasciitis.
This year I decided to splurge and get the the more expensive version, the MW927. The step up from my previous New Balance walking shoes.
The interior of these shoes is MUCH larger than my previous shoes, even though they are officially the same size. My feet slide around in them, back to front, left to right. The toe area has way more empty space above the toes. I still have the previous pair so I can go back and forth to compare them. I do not remember the exact model of my previous pair, as I have worn them so long it has worn off.
But it is clear both say 9 1/2 4E yet the MW927 are way too big, the others are perfect.
Worse yet, 7 days after I receive them I get caught in one rainstorm. The black finish on the seams is coming off all over the place. That did not wear off any of the previous pairs until about 18 months to 2 years, wearing them all day in all kinds of weather.
That is normally the sign that it is time to get new shoes. With these new New Balance the seams started losing the black finish after the first rain. A month later and they are almost entire devoid of the black finish.
I have worn New Balance exclusively for years.
This is likely my final pair. I will be going to one of those fancy stores that evaluates what a customer needs. I do not think I will even bother to include New Balance in the options.
Oh yes, and after that one rain storm, they smell TERRIBLE. They smell like moldy rubber. All previous New Balance were worn in rain and snow, ankle deep puddles, without ever smelling like something rotten.