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Womens New Balance 978, Color:Brown, 5 B

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Size: 5 B(M) US
Color: Brown
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  • ASIN: B004VG7296
  • Item model number: WW978GT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,830 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By bh184808 on January 24, 2012
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    Having read the reviews on Amazon (and those on New Balance's website) of the WW978, I was somewhat skeptical about ordering this shoe. However, I desperately needed a hiking shoe that would fit my EE-width foot, and New Balances have never done me wrong. I am happy to report that, as long as you account for the fact that leather shoes tend to be a bit more snug (and as long as your order appropriately), I think you'll have no issues with the shoe whatsoever.

    I was previously measured as a 6.5 EE, and own a beloved pair of New Balance WR1012 Nbx Motion Control Running Shoes in that size. As the WW978 is leather, I ordered up a half-size, and went with the 7, as others have noted in their reviews. I still got EE width, as this is the largest offered. I am definitely glad I went with the 7 versus the 6.5, and am loving the fit of this shoe.

    The 978s are waterproof, Gore Tex reinforced, and have quick lace notches. These are a MUST-HAVE for any outdoor enthusiast in need of a wide shoe. Obviously, I cannot promise you absolute success from my personal experience, but I think these are absolutely worth a try. They are also about $50 cheaper here than on New Balance's site, and Amazon is usually pretty great with handling returns in a manner that satisfies the customer.

    I wish you all the best, and hope I could be of some help.
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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Primrose Hill on October 26, 2012
    I have never worn New Balance shoes before, but I have developed plantar fasciitis and am looking for a moderately-priced pair of walking/hiking shoes that are supposed to be good for people with heel pain.

    Obviously, in this situation it would be best to get fitted by a trained salesperson in a store that offers a range of brands and styles. However, the nearest such place is over 60 miles away, so I thought I'd see what I could get via Amazon.

    The first two pairs of New Balance hiking shoes I tried ended up not fitting at all. I had chosen them on the basis of customer reviews and the shoes' appearance, and I did not understand at the time (because the Amazon descriptions do not explain this) that New Balance uses several different kinds of shoe lasts (forms/bases/models) to accomodate differently-shaped feet. The shoes I had ordered were designed to fit a foot that has a different shape to mine.

    I went to the New Balance website to learn more about the sizing options. I had to dig around quite a bit on their site before I understood the intricacies of their lasts and their shoe styles.

    In a comment attached to my review, I will post some informative internet links that clearly explain the New Balance shoe range. I hope this is helpful to someone.

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    Note that the last that this women's 978 walking shoe is built on is the OL-1, with a narrow heel, higher instep, deeper toebox, and wider forefoot.
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ArtQuilter on February 27, 2012
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    I was very disappointed that my favorite shoe, the New Balance 977, was discontinued. After having worn out 2 pairs, I was hoping for a third. I read the reviews on the New Balance 978 and it seemed that people were saying that it ran a size too small. So, I ordered a size larger and wider than my normal size and when I got them, they were HUGELY too big (I know, not good English!!). So, I sent them back ordering my normal size, but still a width wider than I usually get, again, taking note of what people were saying in the reviews. Well, there are still too big/wide. When I set them against the same size of my 977 pair, they were both size 11, the 978 was slightly longer than the 977...which actually is fine since I tend to wear thicker socks, but again, too wide. So I re-ordered yet a third time, this time ordering the same size as my 977 pair which is what I should have done to begin with. What a fiasco! However, I can tell when wearing around the size 11D, they are going to be wearable right out of the box! Very comfortable and I'm relieved because I really was hoping for a decent replacement for my old 977 pair which fit so perfectly and were the most comfortable pair of shoes that I've ever owned. I'm sure every size is a little different and feet are definitely different, so I guess you just have to wing it when ordering. However, my experience is to start by ordering your regular size, especially if you normally wear New Balance shoes, because it doesn't really make much sense that they would mess with their sizing so radically between styles--although, one never knows, does one?!? Best of luck.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jelehla on December 5, 2012
    Size: 7.5 2E USColor: Brown Verified Purchase
    I have very high arches and narrow heels, but my feet are very wide across the toes. Buying shoes was really difficult until I discovered that New Balance makes shoes that are just right for my feet! These boots are comfortable with a really good tread. They're pretty waterproof, too, which is important in the soggy place I live. Yay!
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