New Balance Not for Running
(New York City)
Usually a big Asics fan, I decided to go against my better judgment and try a New Balance stability running shoe (I never wore stability running shoes before).
Right away, I started noticing pain in my knees and shins that I'd never felt before. I thought maybe it was because I was training harder than ever...the shoes were just too dam comfortable to blame them!!!
But after giving my legs a rest until the pain went away only to have the pain come right back as soon as I started running again, I decided to consider my shoes. After all, I usually feel better after getting a new pair of shoes, not worse.
Another thing that cast suspicion on the new balance shoes were that a friend of mine also started experiencing knee pain earlier this year and had to take several weeks off of running, and she too was wearing new balance when her knee injury happened.
So I put my comfortable New Balance shoes away and went back to my old, worn out Asics. Hey, I spent $150 on these New Balances and I had worn them past their return date...it wasn't in the budget to buy another pair of new shoes.
Anyway, as soon as I went back to my old Asics the pain went away. So I've crossed off New Balance from my list of running shoes. Yes, they make nice looking sneakers for wearing around town, but their running shoe department needs to do further research on what makes a good running shoe.
I'd love to hear anyone else's opinions on the New Balance Running Shoe. Maybe it was just a fluke...but that's my story.