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Slightly more snug than the Neo33 = problems for me.
on July 31, 2013
I was a big fan of the original Gel Neo33 as a trainer. I routinely ran from 5 to 15 miles at a time in them with zero issues. When this update came out, I decided to give them a try. the length seemed identical to the Neo33 and all other Asics I have used. The width seemed a bit more snug, but nothing to cause immediate alarm. I took them on a 5-miler. The first few miles, my impression was that this was a more refined ride than the Neo33, not as much slop, slightly better cushioning. About 3 miles in, though, trouble started. Unlike the original Neo33, the Neo33 2 has a thicker material on the upper that ends where the toe box begins (in the lime green model, the black part of the middle upper is thick, almost rubbery, while the grey is more of a light mesh). I am sure it adds stability, but for me it also added a pair of rubbing blisters to the sides of my feet just above the ball where the thicker material meets the thinner mesh. No combination of thicker/thinner socks, bodyglide, or tighter/looser laces seems to help. It's a bummer, because I really wanted to like these shoes. Anyone need a pair of slightly used size 11.5 shoes? If your foot is more on the narrow side, these just might work.
My running: 25-50 miles a week depending on my training calendar. I work hard on using a midfoot strike with a high cadence. My feet are slightly wide, especially in the forefoot, but usually not wide enough to need an EE width in most brands. I've worn ASICS 21XX, Kayanos, and Neo33 all in 11.5 D with no issues.