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Love its light weight, but my foot really rolls in it.
on October 11, 2013
I have been wearing New Balance shoes since they were recommended to me by a podiatrist many years ago when I was having heel pain. I had always worn walking shoes until two years ago when my local New Balance store recommended running shoes for my particular issues, which include supination (when your foot rolls outward as you walk and wears down the outer edges of your shoes). I fell in love with that pair of shoes but, as is so often the case, when I went back to buy another pair, that style had been discontinued. I bought the style they said took its place but it was not nearly as comfortable or supportive for me.
In the past five years, I have bought all my NB shoes directly from a NB store, but I was getting tired of paying their super high prices so I searched Amazon for NB running shoes. I found this W580v3 and decided to give it a try. I also decided to go down a 1/2 size because over time I have changed the kind of socks I wear from a thick, padded sock to a slim, fitted sock.
This shoe is noticeably lighter than any of my other shoes, especially my running shoes. I really liked not feeling like my feet were weighed down, especially on the treadmill at the gym. I found the shoe more comfortable than the replacements for my favorite (discontinued) style but perhaps not quite as comfortable as the discontinued style. I didn't feel that the heel stabilization was as good as in my other running shoes, perhaps because they are so much lighter.
The only real "con" to this shoe, for me, is that it is SO lightweight in its structure that it is allowing my feet to supinate worse than my other running shoes, even though I am wearing the same orthotic insole in these shoes that I wear in all my sneakers (the orthotic is supposed to correct the supination). Unfortunately, while it is the only con, it is a pretty big one.
I recently hiked a couple miles of the John Muir Trail (Yosemite National Park) in these shoes and I could really see the supination issue, especially as I started to tire. In addition, while my friend was also hiking in the same open-weave type (but not brand or style) or sneakers as I, she had little or no trail dust in her shoes, while my shoes AND socks were filled with it. I had to actually stop hiking and shake out my shoes and socks before I could continue.
Previous to my Yosemite trip, I had been using the shoes only for the gym. In that role, they performed quite well.
I am a walker, not a runner...but if I am having the level of "collapse" in these shoes that I had from trail walking, I can't imagine they would be great for running, unless you have no supination or pronation issues.
In summary, while I love the lightweight nature of these shoes, I find them structurally inferior to the other models of New Balance shoe that I own.
3 1/2 stars