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New Balance Shoes

August 31, 2009

This is a quick post about New Balance shoes. I have been running in New Balance for about three years at this point, have owned about 12 pair, and stand by them.

One of the reasons that I really like New Balance is that they claim to make 25% of their shoes in the USA. I know 25% doesn’t seem like a lot, but apparently no other shoe company is making their shoes in the USA anymore. I still remember when Converse was making their good old Chuck Taylor’s in the USA, but when he died, they suddenly moved their production overseas. I really appreciate an American made product, and they are hard to come by these days.
New Balance USA tag

Maybe six out of the last 12 pairs of New Balance running shoes I have bought over the past few years have come with this tag:

If feel better about the purchase when this tag is attached.

I also like the fact that they don’t try to fluff up the whole “Made in the USA” thing too much, because if  you take the time to read the fine print, which I usually do, you will New Balance Manufactured USA learn that they don’t acquire all  their materials from the US,  and they source some of their  products from other countries. I  like the honestly, and I like  their effort.

I will continue to purchase  New Balance sneakers as long  as they continue to make a  quality product.

One little problem I have with them (and other manufacturers are guilty of this as well) is the fact that they make a shoe for a couple of years and then discontinue it or “re-work” it. I get used to a shoe and so does my body. I like knowing I can go back to the store and get the same shoe that I had been running in for years, but this just doesn’t happen. Last year I learned that the 826 was being discontinued. Disheartened, I went and bought as many as I could get my hands on.

This weekend I came to the realization that I needed a new pair of shoes, I went with the 758 that the salesperson suggested. After running the shoes by my orthopedic doctor and getting a seal of approval, I tested them out this morning. I will review these fully after I have  had the chance to run more than three miles. As of now, I have no opinion either way. We’ll see what the future holds.

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