New Balance Men's M850BS1 Running Shoe,Black/Silver,7.5 4E US
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- Synthetic and Mesh
- Rubber sole
- Heel measures approximately 1.25"
- Sleek and sporty running shoe featuring mesh lateral overlay with contrast color pop underneath
- CUSH+ comfort midsole
- Open-cell PU sockliner
- Shock-absorbing heel
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- Package Dimensions: 12.9 x 7.4 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- ASIN: B00I4URKJC
- Item model number: M850V1 Running Shoe-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 1, 2014
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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I have had these shoes for only a week or so, and have only worn them for a few days total, but so far I love them. The Cush+ soles and inserts are very comfortable, and felt "broken in" right away. They breathe very well and seem well made, though I've only put a few miles on them, so I cannot speak for durability. I have spent much more on less comfortable, cheaper-feeling shoes.
If you plan on purchasing the black/silver color, be aware that the picture is a bit misleading, I think because of the white background. The darkest parts of the shoes are truly black, not dark gray as they appear, and the lighter parts are also darker than they appear. This does not bother me, but just be aware if the picture leads you to expect a charcoal color.
One other note is that I cannot find these shoes on New Balance's website. I am not sure if that means they are just too new, or if they are not really New Balance (NB branded but manufactured by someone else or just plain knockoffs?). They do show up on DSW's website, as well as a couple running shoe review websites, so they seem legit.
Update 2014-10-03: Received the following note from New Balance:
Thank you for taking the time to write New Balance a message. It is wonderful to read of your interest in our shoes! I apologize you experience any difficulty when attempting to purchase New Balance shoes and am happy to offer clarification.
For clarity, that 850v1 available for purchase at Amazon.com® is not a "fake" New Balance style. It is considered an introductory New Balance Neutral Cushioning Running shoe. New Balance USA (www.newbalance.com) does not stock a large selection of introductory shoes as we focus on the premier line of New Balance shoes. This why you cannot find that particular 850v1 at New Balance USA (www.newbalance.com).
When comparing introductory shoes to the premier line of New Balance shoes, you receive more advanced cushioning and greater support in the premier line of New Balance shoes. The price points of various premier New Balance shoes reflects this advanced cushioning and these supportive technologies.
If you have any questions or additional concerns, feel free to send me an e-mail. Thank you for being a valued New Balance customer! Have a very nice day.
However, there is a major drawback for NB, not for this style in particular but for almost all the NB that I wore in the past. It seems to me that NB shoes are noisier than Nike probably because of the construction of sole. For people who don't mind the noise when running in the gym, NB is the one and this pair in particular is probably one of the best.
Light, Cheap, Comfortable, Flexible, Well ventilated, Good looking
Cold. The good fabric mesh ventilation blows both ways on cold morning runs.
Durability. It's soft fabric toe box will probably not hold up to my big toe for very long.
Support. There are no rollbars or orthopedic supports built in so these will not help you if you have bad running habits.