As you know I continuously struggle with finding the right sneakers. I’ve been wearing the New Balance 730v Minimal sneakers and ended up buying five pair (because they were on sale and I was afraid I would never get them again!).
I realized the other day that I have been under pronating so I did a ton of research and found on the Livestrong website that the Newton Gravity correct that and are the perfect pair.
I tried them today after ordering them online on Zappos.com.
First things first, I love the color. It’s a watermelon, bright blue and has some electric green in them. The bottom of the shoe has maximum cushion in the ball of the foot as opposed to the heal. This promotes striking midfoot instead of heal striking, which causes injury.
The thing I didn’t like was the toe-bed. I thought it would be wider. I realized that if I am going to wear these sneakers that I need to wear thinner socks with it. This causes a bit of a problem because I like wearing compression socks, so now I will need to wear compression sleeves and socks. (I’ve been getting a ton of blisters and my coach seems to credit that to the socks.)
Otherwise, I found the shoe to be comfortable. i didn’t even notice that there was a lift by the ball of my feet. It felt very natural to me. Now this could be because I have been wearing minimalist shoes and because of that, I’ve been striking down on my ball of my feet instead of my heal. But I’m not sure. In any event, I found the sneakers comfortable, not heavy and durable.
I did notice that after mile 1 or so, my arch was bothering me a little. But after mile 3, it seems to feel better. I’m not sure if that means I need inserts in the shoes but I’m going to keep running in them and see what happens.
My major problem with my New Balance barefoot shoes is that it’s just that. There is no cushion at all and when I ran on cement and hard surfaces, the bottom of my feet were killing me. I thought this could be a happy medium. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
The shoe cost me a little over $100 on Zappos.com. It retails for $170.