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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
Great shoes! Just buy them half a size bigger. They look good, and feel good (the cushioning is great). I get tons of compliments on the red shoes, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2014
I had given up on buying shoes online. You can never tell exactly how they'll feel without trying them on.

That said I purchased a pair of these New Balance 501s at a local retailer. I liked them very much but when I went back to the store they were no longer in stock. So knowing how NB likes to "update" their shoes I purchased three more pairs from Amazon before they disappeared completely.

SUMMARY:

In short I've owned a pair for about six months and they are very comfortable for walking and light jogging. I would not classify them as a serious "running shoe". They are very flexible and keep my feet feeling good for several miles at a time. They are sized small...I wear a NB 11 or 11.5 D and I ended up buying these in 12D for a good fit. One star off for showing wear a little early IMHO.

DETAILS:

My all-time favorite was the New Balance 845 (discontinued of course - curse you NB!). I have searched high and low for months but have yet to find a direct match from NB or anyone else. These NB 501s are not in the 845 league by any means. They're not as well made and built with much lighter materials. However they are a very, very comfortable walking shoe. They breath very well (consequently they're not water-proof), so great for nice summer days. They have plenty of cushion where it counts in the heel and ball of the foot areas.

I try to walk about 20 miles a week, mostly on paved surfaces, sometimes on our treadmill. I've had these 501s for about six months and have probably put about 500 miles on them. The top edge of the back padding (Achilles tendon area) has worn through slightly but the rest still feels solid so I'd expect them to hold up for a good six or eight months. For the price I think that's pretty good.

I have also worn them on light dirt and gravel hiking trails several times and although the the treads don't have a lot of traction they are thick enough to do the job.

For an all-around comfortable walking, jogging shoe I can highly recommend them.

Oh, if anyone from NB is reading...please, please, PLEASE stop updating your shoes for marketing's sake. Slapping a "next gen" number on a completely different shoe is beyond frustrating. When you have a winner, stick with it. People will continue to buy a good shoe. If it stops selling, retire it, but NOT until then! Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
I purchased these for work, I'm a nurse and we are only allowed to wear drab navy scrubs so our shoes are our only personal touch allowed. Quiet comfortable and very satisfied.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
In general a 12 is usually right on, though sometimes I can get away with an 11 & 1/2. I ordered these in a 12, and they're a little tighter than they should be. Never has a 12 size shoe been too tight. It's usually right or a little loose. If I were ordering again, I'd get this style in a 12 & 1/2 (if they make those) or 13.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2013
I'll never give up my New Balance's! However, this set was just a bit tight through the wide part of the foot. need to go for the next step up in terms of width if I ever order these again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great shoe. Good for running. It gives me great comfort. This is my 4th pair of New Balance running shoe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2014
I bought these thinking they would fit better than a previous pair of sneakers I had, but they did the same thing, which was slouch outwards. It other words, it seemed my foot was leaning outward from the side of the sole. I do not like the way they look or feel because they affect pronation and general looks. I do not know if this was because of the model or quality of shoe. Overall, I like them a lot, but I do not like that they change my walking stance rather forcefully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2014
I bought these to wear as every day shoes. They're very comfortable and look great. I kept reading that they're sized a bit small, but I've been wearing NB shoes for years and don't really know what size I am in any other shoe brand. The fit was as expected for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2014
My husband always wore vans and converse. This is his new favorite shoe! He owns a burrito shop and is on his feet all day. These save his feet, and make him a lil taller which he likes:) He's on his third pair and still loves them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
I bought these shoes for my husband. He was very pleased with the purchase. The shoes fit as expected and are a lot more comfortable than we both thought the would be.
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