Thursday, April 17, 2014
Review New Balance 5000
A few weeks ago I picked up these babies for $50 on Amazon (regularly about $100). It seemed like a good deal so I went for it.
These shoes are spike-less flats. The New Balance website says these shoes are great for track and road racing up to 10K.
I wore them to the track for the first time today. They seemed a little narrow, and I already have average to narrow width feet, but I figured that was because I wasn't used to tighter fitting shoes. My second thought was these were nothing like the flats I wore in high school. Two decades does change things a bit.
I could really feel the traction and I liked it. I ran a total of 5 miles, including 800m repeats. The ride was smooth and comfortable. My last 800 felt just as good on my feet as my first. I did have a bit of a hotspot on the bottom of my big toe that I noticed when I got home, but no blister.
Overall, I found these to be great shoes. The uppers are thin and the laces seem thin, but I suppose that all saves on weight. The soles are quite comfortable and felt surprisingly soft for how thing and light they are. Good shoes for their purpose. While I don't intend to buy new racing flats, I'm tempted to now so I can have something to compare these to. Don't tell my husband. He won't like that I've found a new thing to spend our money on! :)