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Great shoes! (If you get the right ones)
on July 18, 2013
I ordered the Grey/Lime version size 8.5 2E of these New Balance MX797 shoes, and I think they were a fantastic value for the price I bought them at. 5 stars for the great fit and for being USA made.
Here's the reason for the 4 stars:
A relative tried on my shoes and wanted a pair, so I bought the "Black/Silver" version of these shoes and was very disappointed when they came in. I ordered a size 8.5 2E like mine and the width looked and felt like a D instead of a 2E. Also when I looked at the tags of the "Black/Silver" version of the shoes, they were made in China and turned out to be a different model called MX797BK2. The "Grey/Lime" shoes were made in the USA and are the model MX797SL. In fact, I noticed before buying the second pair of shoes, that the pictures on Amazon were mildly different in shape and design than the first pair of shoes I ordered, but thought the fit would be the same anyway.
STRAIGHT TO THE POINT:
If you are ordering the [BLACK/SILVER], [BLUE], or [DARK GREY/YELLOW] colored versions of this MX797 shoe, be aware they are MADE IN CHINA and are [MODEL# MX797BK2] according to the pictures posted on Amazon. The fit is TIGHTER (size 8.5 2E feels like 8.5 D), and the treading underneath and overall design is actually different than the other colors. In essence it is a completely different shoe and should not necessarily be grouped together without some sort of description giving the differences. The colors and design look great, but the fit is something to be weary of if you have wide feet. Also it is not made in the USA if that's not your cup of English Breakfast.
If you order the [GREY/LIME], [BLACK/BLUE], [GREY/ORANGE], [WHITE/BLUE], or [GREY/RED] colored versions of this MX797 shoe, they are MADE IN THE USA, and are [MODEL# MX797SL] according to the pictures posted on Amazon. The fit is accurate as the 8.5 2E feels like an 8.5 2E. HIGHLY RECOMMEND if your size is still available in any of these colors for wide footed people looking for a nice light shoe for walking/jogging/running from an axe murderer/using ATP in general.
I just noticed I should make some corrections to my review with some realizations.
The Model BK2 and SL probably just stand for the colors of the shoes (duh, Black and Silver/Lime respectively), rather than representing the general model of the shoes themselves. Also, for anyone interested, the "M" in MX797 stands for Men (which is obvious now that I think about it). Regardless, there are 2 different models of MX797 being offered under this page as I described originally which you can easily tell the difference by inspecting the sample images given for each of the different colors being offered. According to a commenter of this review, they are probably the v1 and v2 models of the MX797.
Compare the sample images on Amazon to the images of the v2 shoes from the NB website ([...] and you'll probably easily figure out which colors are v2 and which are v1. I own the v1 MX797s so you can apply that to my original review.
Either way I'm still wearing these shoes, as I have been daily for casual commuting ever since I originally posted my review. They're still quite good looking and feeling (albeit quite dirty), so I still recommend them after 4 months of consistent everyday use.