Top critical review
Comfortable lightweight strength trainer, non-standard NB fit
on January 23, 2013
I purchased these shoes to be a strictly gym-only shoe. Was looking for something that would help me improve balance (minimal support), be lightweight, but still give some shock absorption for treadmill/elliptical training.
These shoes are very comfortable from a tread/shoe opening standpoint. I was impressed that even without socks they don't rub anywhere (nice low padded collar). They are also easy to toss in the washing machine, so in general met my needs well.
The 3 stars comes from the fact that they fit very differently from other NB shoes. I religiously purchase NB due to having wide feet and my experience with NB in the past is that they are very consistent and well made in widths. Their last few lines of "fashion forward" shoes have seen that size consistency (and sometimes the quality) drop. Unfortunately, these shoes are a great example. While the right shoe fits nicely (although snugly), the left show has a more acute outside angle in the toe box making them rub against my left toes if I wear socks with them. I've never had this problem with NB (or any other shoes) in the past. Seems to be a manufacturing defect or just poor quality design. I purchased the 11 2E, if you have wide feet, I'd suggest going up a half size just to be sure.