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Best indoor; no protection outdoors
on September 24, 2013
The upper is mostly a very open mesh, which does make a lightweight shoe . . . and allows dirt, grit, rain, sand, slush, snow and all the other elements inside. My very narrow feet have absolutely no padding (except for callouses), so I now wear orthotics which provide the cushioning I lack and allow me to wear something other than the one style New Balance makes in an AAAA width or the custom-made running shoes I have also worn. And this is the one style my foot specialist recommended for me. It's OK when I'm using a treadmill -- it definitely provides more cushion than other shoes -- but I hesitate to wear it anywhere else. Outside, every grain of grit seems to find its way inside to make my feet miserable. And if it's wet? I then have soaking wet socks, as well as dirty feet. It isn't often cold down here on the Gulf Coast, but my feet freeze outside when it is cool here -- and they were unbearable in Colorado last winter.
As much as I like clean feet, I also like clean shoes, but the mud that splashed on these the first time out is still there because it just won't wash out no matter what I do. I'm supposed to wear these most of the time, but, while I'm certainly not a fashionista, the colors clash with just about all of my casual clothes (including my work-out stuff). This is probably a good choice for women who don't mind a lot of dirt between their toes, or who run indoors only, and who don't care whether their exercise shoes clash with their exercise clothes (or only wear silver and teal blue).
I did not buy mine from Amazon, because the size I need is not available here.