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- Fabric and synthetic
- Synthetic sole
- Shaft measures approximately 2.15" from arch
- 8mm heel-to-toe drop
- CUSH+ midsole
- SBS visual tech heel crash pad
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New Balance is dedicated to helping athletes achieve their goals. It's been their mission for more than a century to focus on research and development. It's why they don't design products to fit an image. They design them to fit. New Balance is driven to make the finest shoes for the same reason athletes lace them up: to achieve the very best.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00DOROHXM
- Item model number: WX711 Training Shoe-W
- Date first available at Amazon.com: December 27, 2013
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
At this point, I wear them for lightweight walking -- to the store or if I'm going to an event where I won't be on my feet for a long period of time.
If you have flat feet or have foot issues such as plantar fasciitis and have been wearing athletic shoes made by New Balance or Asics or Brooks which have a lot of support in them, you will notice the difference immediately when you put on these shoes -- you'll feel that your foot doesn't have a lot of support in the arch area.
I've worn New Balance for years and used to always have to order 1/2 a size up for the length. My last few pairs (within the last 1 1/2 years or so) have all been my regular size - the 1/2 size up is now too big. This is great because it means that they're now true to size, but it means that I now order my regular size and 1/2 a size up every time I buy a new pair of New Balance because I can't yet be sure that every shoe fits the new way. Inconvenient.
These have a nice roomy toe box in the wide, but not too roomy. They have good, not great, arch support. I recommend them.
Update - Now, at the end of August, 2014, I find myself shopping for sneakers again because these shoes just don't offer enough support for me. I don't know if it's the shoe or the anatomy of my foot/ankle, but for the first time ever I'm having an issue with my right foot overpronating. My left foot is fine. This is very frustrating. I feel like I'm walking on the inside of the right shoe and I can't seem to correct it. I stand by the cushioning in this shoe, but between the lack of arch and sole support, I can no longer recommend it to anyone who needs support of any kind in their footwear.
As a reference, my bigger foot (left) is 9.5" from big toe to heel, the ball is the widest part of my foot at just over 4" and my heel is 2.5" wide. I typically wear a size 7.5. I have a bunion on my left foot, very high arches, and my pinkie toes are a bit hammertoed from years in ill fitting high heels. I am making a concerted effort to wear better shoes, even if it costs me more. Unfortunately shoemakers refuse to recognize women with foot widths over 3". I ordered all these shoes in 7.5 D because I didn't see them any wider. That may have changed by the time you are reading this. Zappos tells me I should have ordered a size 8. Take my review for what it is: my one-time opinion.
Pair 1: NB 797 7.5 D. As I took these out of the box I knew they were doomed. Seriously, these don't look like "wide" shoes at all, I wish I'd gotten the "normal" B width to compare. This must be a joke, right? After putting them on I noticed what is a constant problem for me. The toe box of the shoe is too narrow, while the heel/opening is gargantuan. Pinkie toes are pinched and bunion is sensitive. Length is also cutting it close, like half a thumb left up front. Seems low on the sides but that's probably for the lateral movement. Also, the insole seems to be floating in the shoe. It's not too narrow, it's just not glued down so it seems like it might keep coming out every time I take the shoe on and off.
Pair 2: NB 711 7.5 D. These are the cutest in my opinion. I seriously want these to work. But they look so narrow. What. the. heck. Ah, super lightweight, not a lot of seams, narrower heel for sure. Also less padded around the shoe opening than #1. After leaving it on for just a few minutes, my bunion is throbbing slightly. That does not bode well. Length is cutting it close. If this came in an 8 4E, it would be a keeper.
Pair 3: NB 20 Minimus 7.5 D. These are definitely the least appealing to me. I mean they aren't bright white, but not my cup of tea. Anyway. Definitely the widest of the bunch. Ample room on the outside of the foot, it's weird, they sort of lean in, in a way that makes my bunion feel the bottom seam of the shoe. So it's not the pressure from the top or side that is irritating it, it's the lip of the shoe insert. Oh, there's no insert. Well I guess just where the upper and lower parts of the shoe meet. Looking at it you would be able to tell what I'm talking about; it definitely leans. The sides and back come up a little higher on the ankle, still not above the outer fibula bone-end, or the interior navicular bone-bump, so I like it more. I'm also clearly a dum-dum for ordering a 7.5. Still, this feels the best so far except for lean and it's effect on my bunion. Is the lean important to "minimal" shoes? Also, the box mentions running, which is not what I'm interested in. The listing online says cross-trainer.
Pair 4: Asics Gel Unifire 7.5 D. These are also a joke. The leather detail work on the uppers irritate my bunion from the start. The toe box is too narrow for the rest of my digits too. Actually the length on this seems better, but that is the only thing that is okay with this shoe. It feels nicely padded, I'll give it that. A big nope, all in all.
So all four of these go back, what a delight. This isn't a waste of my money and time at all, nooooo. I have now ordered NB Mens 623s and 608 in both 2E and 4E. I've also ordered from Zappos the Asics Gel 180 in 2E for women and the Asics Gel Acclaim in 2E for men. I think the biggest problem is Amazon's lack of selection (not even color-wise, just pure options!) at wide widths, and potentially no standardization of sizes, just like clothes. Are wide shoes just the unicorn of footwear or does Amazon just not care?
I have fairly average feet, with a slightly high arch and medium width. The first thing I noticed when putting the shoes on was that I had to loosen them. I tied them and stood up. To my disappointment, there is little to no support through the arch area. So it is a feeling of my ankles sinking inward. The rest of the shoe is light and doesn't have a balanced feel. In a shoe like this, a foot with a higher arch would be poorly supported and from what I'm feeling, very sore.
They seem comfortable to wear around for short periods of time, but I took them off rather quickly. I don't see a point in trying them out any further as it isn't going to function for my needs. I would recommend these for people that have flatter feet, and perhaps a more narrow fit. They'd probably also be better suited to walking, not an active runner.