Why No Love For New Balance??

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  1. larry10s

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    how come new balance is rarely discussed ?? ive used nb 801.802 803 now 804 with xcellent results regarding wear comfort stability (important for me) etc. just curious why few replies when new balance comes up
     
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  2. njsigman

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    I have seen some other threads on this before, but I think NB doesn't have too much in the variety of styles and colors. Nike and Adidas seem to be the favorites around here. I actually used Babolat shoes and like them very much...
     
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    I am guessing its because they are mostly known for running and casual sneakers and not a "tennis specific" brand? I think they make a great quality sneaker, but at the moment I am happy with my Prince T22's.
     
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    Because they're not endorsed by anyone major, so people don't really immediately consider them as an option
     
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    I LOVE New Balance! The first pair I had, though, I sent back to the company because they were so unstable. . . and the company sent the new, improved 803s I think they were.

    But it's wonderful to have a shoe really fit your feet well. It really matters in tennis, for support. have narrow feet, so NB is great: I would use them nowadays except they don't have as much cushioning as I'd like. . . and TW only stocks the wide varieties for the most part.
     
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    They make quality shoes, but they lack the flash and endorsements to get them more noticed.

    I've had a couple pair. I liked them.
     
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    I'm constantly amazed by the number of "which shoe for my wide/narrow feet?" threads here. As far as the masses of medium-width players go, I think not seeing them on top pros leads people to think it's an "off-brand", as has been stated above. To a certain degree, you know what you're getting when you buy Nike or Adidas. Not everybody will roll the dice on K-Swiss, NB, Diadora, etc., and even fewer here will, given that this forum is centered around an online store, where you don't even get to try your stuff on before you buy.
     
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  8. the mania

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    new balance is kind of boring. all of their shoes look alike, boring. when they tried to get with the program by making a black shoe, they ruined it by slapping red all over it.
     
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    I've ran in 2001's and 992's but have never tried their tennis shoes. As some members have stated, they might not have the bells and whistles and latest lunarfoam/adiprene/zig technology as the others, but a more bang for your buck alternative.
     
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    I love NB. If you have the feet of a hobbit it is a godsend.
     
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  11. 100Inch

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    Becasue they suck

    You asked. They are terrible compared to my Barricades: soles and uppers wear out and breakdown, much less support overall. Unfortunately I have wide feet and must buy them. Oh how I wish other shoe makers would offer something for those of us with wide feet....
     
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    I used to wear them - they were ok although not geared for performance and the cushioning did not last very long. I think the wides are too wide for me and the regulars too narrow - I played in the wides for a long time before I figured that out.

    I wear T22s now and they are much better
     
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    heh. new balance. i used to go through a pair in 3 weeks. the quality of adidas or nike is far better.
     
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    I agree with these guys.

    I never wore them on court but I tried on a few versions of NBs high end tennis shoes in my local shop.

    The NBs felt like they didn't have enough lateral support. My foot never felt secure. The cushioning also felt sub par compared to the competitors.
     
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  15. rich s

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    I like NB, I just don't like their styling.... it leaves a bit to be desired.

    I used to wear NB extensively (higher end 600's and 800's) because I need a 2E.

    To me they were very stable, wore like iron and were extremely comfortable once they were broken in..... I just got tired of wearing boring looking shoes and started looking at shoes that had a more generous fit in the width (Prince shoes as an example).
     
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  16. SteveI

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    I got a great deal on some 655s... They did breakdown very fast and I got my very 1st (after tennis playing for 40 odd years) case of PF. Not the best shoes. I was a Reebok and KSwiss guy for years.. and years.. and I going back and never buying another pair of NBs.

    Not sure they suck.. but they did I am sure, cause the PF.

    Steve
     
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    NB tennis shoes aren't usually sold in general sports stores (where you can always find something by Adidas, Nike, etc.), limiting their market exposure. Compounding that is the fact that most people don't change shoe brands once they've found something they like...as the business adage goes, a repeat customer demands much less effort for a sale than a "conquest".

    As a brand, NB are also lousy shoes for over-pronators (the more common cause of "flat feet" needing orthotics), which further reduces their appeal.
     
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    They're 'anti-sex on a stick'.
     
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    There's nothing better than the retro NB 574. That's all they're good for, in my opinion.
     
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  20. parasailing

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    I love NB for running shoes but their tennis shoes are not that good. I have tried their top of the line models but they don't have the stability and cushioning like the Nike CB 2.3s.
     
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  21. SteveI

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    I also had a great pair of running shoes from NB.. so I took a shot @ the tennis shoes. The lack stability and cushioning was just not there in my case.. thus the PF... :-(
     
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    I'll bet my last twenty pairs of shoes for tennis are 18 NB and 2 Nike. I'm very happy with the fit and overall quality. Durability is fine with me; I actually wear crosstrainers on court as often as tennis-specific shoes. If I could find some more 1001 tennis models (actually mine are from three years ago), I'd be all over them. Just a tad heavy; but what shoe isn't in size 15? :) You probably need to go with a 700 series or better to get the quality I've experienced with NB(although, I wear their 600 series crosstrainers for daily wear--on and off the court). If you get their lower series models, just swap out the sock liner for something higher quality...makes all the difference.
     
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    I've been wearing 804's for a year now and believe they've helped my knees. I wore one or more knee braces for most of the previous 3 years and haven't had any knee problems since I've been wearing the 804's. My friend had the same experience. I'd love to know if anybody else noticed these shoes helped their knees or seemed to???....Maybe the "rollbar"????

    "ROLLBARĀ® with Medial & Lateral TPU Posts for ultimate motion control"
     
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    I have to agree with everybody who claimed that they are not durable. I have a few pair of NB, and they wore out quite quickly. Not only the soles, but the "support" that was there in the beginning would break down and leave me with a very "sloppy" fit. I have searched everywhere and have finally settled with Nike Vapor 8... much better quality, has a "wider" fit, and better cushioning.
     
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  25. slice bh compliment

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    I have wide feet. I loved the IDEA of going in and getting fitted for some nice wide shoes. They felt great in the store.

    Then after playing, you realize they are not nearly as well-made as a premium Babolat, Prince, adidas or FILA shoe. They feel more like middle-to-low-end Nikes. Just weak and not durable. And slippery inside.

    And they're not cheap either.

    No thanks, NB.
     
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  26. 60mphserve@9

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    they are big, clunky, and UGLY! they all look the same! ever heard of something called indiviguality?!?! nike and adidas have a huge selection so its not that often find someone who has the same shoes as you. i had a pair of NB and hated them they gave no support what so ever. it felt like i was playing the best player at my club with no shoes on. i went home and layed down and didnt walk for the rest of the weekend then i threw the shoes in the dumpster then went to go get some new barricades
     
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  27. scotus

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    The only good-looking NB tennis shoes were made several years ago. It was navy blue color and the trademark "N" was hardly noticeable: they had two vertical lines come all the way down (almost like adidas with one less line) and had a very discreet "\" connecting them.

    The sweetest NB ever made ... too bad, they discontinued this model in a hurry.
     
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    I currently wear NB. They work for me, but i'm not into flash and they fit well.

    i also like the fact that they still make shoes (some, not all however...) in the US (and UK). not saying that makes them a better shoe, but it gives someone a job in my home nation. that is important to me and getting increasingly hard to find.
     
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  29. SirGounder

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    I've had New Balances in the past. They were a great basic shoe but just don't measure up compared to other brands. It didn't feel like they put a lot of effort into making a tennis specific shoe. They felt like cross trainers with some extra rubber on the toe area. The only benefit of New Balance over other brands is the availability of different widths.
     
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  30. the mania

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    ouch sounds like NB has some work to do here
     
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    They are great if you don't mind PF.
     
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    wow i am shocked. i have nothing but good experience with NB tennis shoes. the only gripe i have is the durability issue, but thats what the 6month warranty is for. i would wear NB anytime.
     
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    the 1001s were fantastic!! i had those
     
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    NB

    I had the 803s. Got the 804s ordered.

    I like the NB. I've got narrow feet and I overpronate and have PF. NB offers good stability, IMO.

    I also like the old Nike Mirabellas.
     
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  35. eliza

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    I got PF thanks to a pair of New Balance Running shoes. NEVER again I will buy that C....P, again. NEVER EVER!!!
     
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  36. parasailing

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    New Balance running shoes are great but their tennis shoes have lack both design and function until now. I just tried my new pair of 1127s and they feel great. They do not need any break in, have wide sizes for people with wide feet, and feel light on your feet compared to the clunkers I had before, Nike CB 3.3s.
     
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    hey man, are there any shoes other than NB that are slightly wide? that's how my feet are and i'm looking for a solid tennis shoe. i've used NB for running and everyday shoes, but they've never seemed like they make good enough shoes for tennis.
     
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    I'm with you, I love the NB running shoes, they're the only shoes i can ever find in stores in my size (15) and they are slightly on the wide size for me. Are you saying they have a high quality tennis shoe? If so I may have to check it out. I haven't found a good enough tennis shoe for my feet yet.
     
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    Asics also, they lack endorsements and advertising...
     
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    So far the 1187 is to my liking. It is wide enough in the toe box provided you get the 2E version and requires minimal break in. It is lighter than CB 3.3s and the cushion is adequate though not as plush a the CB 3.3s but I guess there has to be some tradeoff.
     
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    I have tried almost every brand of shoes. New Balance and Asics lasted 2 weeks before the soles broke down. The support is not that great so I just wore ankle braces to make up for that. Overall I would say they were the worst in terms of durability and asics was a close second.

    Best value for the money have been prince and head shoes. Adidas barricades are nice but you pay for them and I think a little to much IMO. Nikes are overated IMO. Durability is pretty weak generally even in the upper end shoes.

    I will say one more thing for New Balance though and that is the warranty is very good. Its just that even with the replacement warranty I get at most 6 weeks (2 pairs of shoes) out of a buy.

    Thaey look nice though. Just a nice plain classy shoe. Nothing crazy, pretty classy overall, and they lack the bozo the clown cosmetics of many other modern tennis shoes.
     
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    Hey guys, bumping this cos I just took a look at the new NB 996 tennis shoe line and I gotta admit they look really good. just wondering how they fit. I wear a Nike size 8. do I get the same for NB?
     
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    They are fugly imo.
     
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    When you have wide feet its easy to decide on brands. There is a grand total of one shoe company (NB) that makes 2E and 4E's at least as far as I know. I had one set of K-Swiss recently that fit fairly well, but when I tried another model they were super tight in the toe box. Back to NB again.
     
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  46. cluckcluck

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    I had the MC851. Holy moley, they were comfortable right out of the box. They felt light on my feet and I was very happy with them.

    I burned through two pairs in about 8 months but I enjoyed every minute I wore them.
     
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  47. WildVolley

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    I haven't worn NB in a while, but I can tell you why I stopped wearing them even though I have a slightly wider than average foot.

    First, the last shape just didn't work for me. They gave me too much foot volume and still pinched my toes in 2E. The shoes were stiff, and didn't flex in the right place on the sole (I'd think that has been improved). Lastly, they were too heavy (again, I think NB now makes one of the lighter shoes out there, but I read that the toe box width wasn't good so I haven't tried it.)

    NB are definitely worth trying for those of us with wider feet. I generally don't wear Nike because of narrow lasts and low durability.
     
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    Exact same experience here with the 851s. The cushioning did become pretty non-existent after some solid use (I also used Superfeet insoles, fyi) so can't say they were the most comfy shoes as they wore in, but they were easily the quickest. A great match-day shoe if you like to be really light on the feet. If the 996s are a slightly improved version of the 851s, which I think is what the aim is (tennis.com article says it retains the same light weight as the 851), I might check these out in the future. But I do love my Vapors.
     
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  49. mykoh

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    lime green shoes are fugly regardless. but the white/grey/black colourway is much better. can't wait for the tw reviews to be ready.
     
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    They aren't too bad, but IMHO, for people with wide feet, the princes are usually a better option or even Asics.
     
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