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Good quality, comfortable shoe.
on September 16, 2014
Have been wearing these New Balance MW840's for about a week now. So far I've been quite satisfied.
Pros: These seem to be a well constructed shoe, with a very soft leather upper and full "Abzorb" cushioned sole. I've noted very good impact absorption - particularly in the heal. The leather upper is supple, and is perforated to let your feet breathe a little. I ordered a 9-4E, and sizing is pretty accurate. I've tried several pairs of New Balance 4E's over the past couple years, and they have all seemed to be more like 2E's of other brands I've tried - such as Merrell, Sketchers, Columbia, etc. The width on these MW840"s is truly a 4E. There is plenty of width and height in the toe box. The insoles are a little thin, but do seem to offer a dense and effective cushion. They are removable, and there is definitely room to add a more substantial insole if you desire. The outsoles are not prominently "lugged" but still have good traction. They do pick up very small pebbles, but this is not too much of a problem.
Cons: The shoes are not the most stylish around. A bit "orthopedic" in appearance, to me they kind of resemble the bottom half of snow boots. I ordered the brown version. This is a dark brown, and in the sun they show a bit of a cordovan tint. Not unattractive, but a little different. The shoe is a little wide in the heal, and allows minor slippage there. I'm experimenting with heavier socks and different lacing schemes, and hope that solves the issue. The shoes don't offer a great deal of "energy return" or rebound -- such as you get with a good pair of running shoes.
Overall, these are good, comfortable shoes for casual walks and general use. If you need a shoe for power walking or more of an exercise application, you might want to check out something else.