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4 1/2 stars for a great workout sneaker,
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This review is from: ASICS Women's GEL-Blur33 TR Cross-Training Shoe (Apparel)
Is it just me, or is there an excess of running sneakers out right now (especially if you're into the new barefoot trend)? Frankly, I'm not a runner. I like walking, hiking, and working out in my living room. And when I'm working out in my living room, running shoes just don't cut it. My left foot started to hurt on the outside edge from all the side-to-side movements I was doing in my running shoes (these weren't barefoot, but regular sneakers). So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Women's Health Magazine did a quick rundown of different sneakers for different purposes. I immediately went to the gym/training list to see what they had, and I was pleased to see two different barefoot brands mentioned. I did end up buying one of those recommended brands, and I'm glad I went with the ASICS Gel-Blur 33 cross-training sneakers. I feel like I have much more contact with the ground than my previous sneakers, but they still have a slight cushion for when I'm leaping around. And my side-to-side movements feel way better. I'm glad I made the switch. If I ever feel like running, I'll be sure to take my old sneakers out for a spin.
I took off a half star off my rating due to the laces. I, personally, like my laces a bit long so that I can double knot them. However, I found that with the laces occupying all the holes, they fall a little short. I was torn between undoing them from one hole near the ankle, or replacing them with longer laces. I went with ones a bit longer, and I'm glad I did. I wouldn't want sneakers that didn't fit snugly along the top of my foot while working out. For anyone who is interested, the laces that came with my size 8 sneakers measured 51 1/2 inches. The laces I replaced them with weren't too much longer, but it was enough that I could keep the laces in the top holes and still double knot them.
These sneaker are great for workouts, the grey/lavender color was lovely, and they seemed true to size. I am even considering getting a second pair in the black. I hope they come out with more colors, and make the laces a bit longer next time. A good buy.