Hey, FTC. Yes, I was given these shoes for free. My opinion of them, though, is still my opinion.
While I was at FitBloggin’, I received a pair of New Balance running shoes- specifically the 740 – described by the company as :
Support, comfort and cushioning all in one training shoe! Great for long distance runners seeking support and some stability, the 740 offers a Medial Post for pronation control.
I first discovered New Balance years ago when i found a (now lost) website that described the best athletic shoes for women to wear based upon their foot shape and activities. I have what I affectionately call “duck feet” – a narrow heel with a wider toe box. This wonderful website told me that I should always try New Balance shoes and they are the only company who designs shoes specifically for duck feet.
I lived in New Balance for years before I had trouble with my feet that meant I couldn’t wear athletic shoes. After the halux rigidus was corrected, I had problems finding New Balance that fit as comfortably as I remembered. I thought it was me.
Apparently it was just the places I was shopping.
One thing I completely lost with my halux rigidus was proprioception. A sense of where my foot belongs aligned with my body. My feet tend to wobble back and forth trying to find the balance -the center – the place where they are not turned to the outside or inside too much. I never feel I KNOW where this spot is. When I wear these 740s, I don’t have to do this. My feet are naturally centered.
So even though I’m not a long distance runner, I LOVE my 740s for the most part. They only thing I’d change about them if I could? The color. I hate wearing white shoes and really, really wish I could get some in another color.