Mens New Balance 1226, Color:5, 7 D

3.9 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

Size: 7 D(M) US
Color: 5
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  • ASIN: B003V22LJM
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 26, 2010
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,127 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    By Jonathon R. Cape on October 9, 2010
    Size: 14 D(M) USColor: Silver Verified Purchase
    Greetings all,
    I have been running in the New Balance 1220 series for 10 years now. The 1226's are rediculously comfortable and required no break-in at all. I enjoy running in them more than any of the others I have used. Bottom line, buy these and you will not regret it. Remember this, they are meant for heavier (200+ for men) runners and they are for slight overpronators. God bless. U.S. Marine
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    I ordered this shoe after having returned 2 pairs of NB 1906 which is a 200 dollar shoe retail. Go check zappos. This shoe is every bit as good as those shoes with better cushioning and better arch and pronation support for half the price. This is the running shoe deal of the year. The 1227 likely due out by summer of 2011 but who cares and it won't be at this price. I have some Brooks Beast which is highly cushioned and expected a big let down with these. I was very surprised with the quality feel and fit of these shoes. These will not be returned. I also returned the Asics gel Kinetics 3 so I have something to compare shoes with. Also have nike shox with forefoot air zoom and am very happy with these but they are wearing out and I needed to reload. I'm a stickler for forefoot cushioning and shock resilience as well as some energy return. I'm a big guy 240 lbs and the reviews about lack of forefoot cushioning are bunk. I got these in width EE and this was perfect although normal D is what I usually get. I do not like tight fitting running shoes but absolutely will not tolerate heel slip. So far so good. Will give update once I put more mileage on these puppies.
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    Great running shoes. The cushioning is pretty great. I won't ramble on because other reviews are fairly good. One thing I must mention which really has not been so far is the shoe laces: good length, good qualiy. Superior to other shorter,lower quality shoe laces. Yes small detail, but to me it makes a difference.
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    Size: 9.5 4E USColor: Silver / Blue Verified Purchase
    Everyone's feet are different, and different brands either fit you well or they don't. That being said, if you are a fan of New Balance, you will love this shoe. It is the most comfortable, and easiest to wear shoe New Balance has ever made. It is very size appropriate, and conforms very well to your foot, not too loose to allow shift or movement while you are running, and not too tight that it becomes uncomfortable if your feet swell any. It allows for stretch and flex as your feet follow through your stride, and the absorption of shock is balanced extremely well across the foot. The heel material truly is worth the money, as it reduces impact noticeably better than any other running shoe I have owned. The material of the top and sides is so breathable, you will think your shoe is air conditioned. The only con *might* be that simple fact. If you get them wet, the water immediately goes through this material and your socks and feet will be wet. I am not detracting any for this fact, as a running shoe is not intended to be waterproof.

    As a personal note, it is a really good looking shoe, and looks great even when not in motion.

    Highly recommended.
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    I just purchased these New Balance 1226 running shoes today, men's size 10.5 D(M). These are apparently the brand new model, and have only been available for just a few weeks. I took them out for a 5 mile run, which quickly became a 5 mile run/walk combo due to the unbearable 100 degree temperature and constant 100% humidity. THANK YOU MARYLAND GLOBAL WARMING HOT HOT SUMMER SUN!!!

    The first thing you will notice is that these shoes are incredibly light, with a very breathable mesh-weave upper portion. I could not believe how light they felt in my hands at the store, and then how light they felt on my feet. The technology and materials they use today to make high-end athletic shoes is truly mind-boggling. By the way, New Balance shoes are made in the USA (at least 70% so), and not by child / slave labor in places like China or Malaysia.

    Even with the ultra-light materials, the rubber sole on the 1226 is very well-structured. These shoes provide tremendous stability under the heel and arch support, and great impact cushioning when I was running on the hard concrete sidewalk. At the same time, the front portion of the sole is extremely flexible, with the very front toe portion actually constructed to naturally curl upwards slightly. The flexible front sole means that the shoes did not need to be broken in at all (at least for me), as the heel cup did not slip very easily. This has been a huge problem for me with lesser, stiffer soled shoes like Adidas or Nike that I have owned, which all caused me dreaded heel rubbing blisters to varying degrees of misery. Regardless, there is so much padding in the heel of these New Balance shoes that I doubt blisters will ever be an issue.
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    Size: 13 2E USColor: Silver / Blue Verified Purchase
    I just purchased the 1226 series because I couldn't pass up the bargain at $71.00. I bought these as a backup for my New Balance 1123 series that I use on a regular basis. I usually exercise by doing very quick walks and some jogging intervals but because of my large frame (approx.275lbs.) I need a shoe with good cushioning and support. The 1226 feels comfortable with decent cushioning but to be honest, after a comparison use, I would still say for the extra money the 1123's are still the better shoes. The 1123 seems to have more cushioning throughout instead of in specific spots as it feels on the 1226 series. For my high arches and back issues the 1226 shoes don't seem to feel quite as supportive but by no means are they a bad shoe and again, I would buy them as a backup if needed.
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