Mens New Balance 1226, Color:5, 7 D
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I have been running in the New Balance 1220 series for 10 years now. The 1226's are rediculously comfortable and required no break-in at all. I enjoy running in them more than any of the others I have used. Bottom line, buy these and you will not regret it. Remember this, they are meant for heavier (200+ for men) runners and they are for slight overpronators. God bless. U.S. Marine
The first thing you will notice is that these shoes are incredibly light, with a very breathable mesh-weave upper portion. I could not believe how light they felt in my hands at the store, and then how light they felt on my feet. The technology and materials they use today to make high-end athletic shoes is truly mind-boggling. By the way, New Balance shoes are made in the USA (at least 70% so), and not by child / slave labor in places like China or Malaysia.
Even with the ultra-light materials, the rubber sole on the 1226 is very well-structured. These shoes provide tremendous stability under the heel and arch support, and great impact cushioning when I was running on the hard concrete sidewalk. At the same time, the front portion of the sole is extremely flexible, with the very front toe portion actually constructed to naturally curl upwards slightly. The flexible front sole means that the shoes did not need to be broken in at all (at least for me), as the heel cup did not slip very easily. This has been a huge problem for me with lesser, stiffer soled shoes like Adidas or Nike that I have owned, which all caused me dreaded heel rubbing blisters to varying degrees of misery. Regardless, there is so much padding in the heel of these New Balance shoes that I doubt blisters will ever be an issue.Read more ›
The 1226 delivers on the points of stability and cushioning. To be fair, they're more on the motion-control end of the 'stability' range than I actually need, but that's my fault and no fault of the shoe. Cushioning is excellent, with a well-moderated heel strike. As others have mentioned, breathability is outstanding, one of the strong points of this model. On hot and sometimes humid Melbourne evenings, my feet don't burn up on the bitumen.
There is, however, an interesting quirk with the feel through the forefoot on toe-off. Although the shoe rolls through smoothly on toe-off, the forefoot feels vague and disconnected and lacks feedback from the ball to the toes. A bit too much cushioning/flexibility maybe? I don't know how else to describe it, but I certainly don't have the same lack-of-feel in either of my Adrenalines.
The little niggles? The heel is already showing signs of wear through the black glued-on outsole, and I'm not a heavy heel-striker. The insole is a cheap, hard bit of thin foam and should be of better quality considering this is a top-range NB runner. The shoes are also a bit flashy and will draw some attention - whether or not that's a niggle for you depends on how much bling you like on your runners!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This shoe is very small and uncomfortable to run in. I would not recommend them at all for runners that like long distances.Published 9 months ago by David Dinh
I can't belive that I've been using them for three long years and they're still in good condition. New Balance makes hi quality shoes.Published 17 months ago by denis211150
Would recommend this to everyone. Thought they look great and lasted a long time. The size ran like it should.Published 22 months ago by D. Ray Blakeley
These are by far the most comfortable NB I've owned. I'm a hard to find narrow 13.5/14 so I fitted the NB Insoles to adapt to me, and it's a perfect fit.Published 23 months ago by AMZ DAD
These were the best NB running shoes. Wish they still made this series. Better than the new 1260 series. Can't go wrong with these.Published on January 20, 2014 by Albert M Roth
he loves them they fit correctly new balance has his feet for sure in their shop somewhere - he's run in then for the past 30 yrsPublished on January 10, 2014 by pam
Great Shoe. i bought them two years ago and still have them. They also fit and look good even after bi-weekly runs over the past years. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Brogan
I wear these as my regular tennis shoes. I'm a big guy and I love the support these have. Not as sturdy as the Brooks Beast shoe but a good all around tennis shoe for me.Published on April 3, 2013 by John Souder