Good morning and welcome to The Shoe Review Part two. For those who missed the first part, One month ago, I got a new pair of sneakers. New Balance 574 sneakers to be exact. As my exercise and weight loss plan relies heavily on walking, I decided to review my sneakers as I went along, seeing how well they lasted as well as how long they managed to survive. Also I wanted to pay more attention to them so I didn’t just realize I needed a new pair once I’d walked a hole in the old pair.
I’d rather avoid that in the future.
According to the New Balance Website:
Our women’s 574 sneaker is a street style favorite with plenty of personality. Brights, neutrals and even touches of shimmer — this is the shoe you plan your look around. And the sport meets chic styling pairs perfectly with everything from skirts to dresses to jeans. ($79.99)
The signature ‘80s silhouette lends your look classic style and instantly elevates your style.
ENCAP® midsole technology provides support and maximum durability
(Encap is defined as ‘a core of soft cushioning EVA in the midsole with a tough polyurethane rim for more support and durability.’)
EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) foam midsole and heel for cushioning
So I spent $79.99 plus tax and shipping and this is the shoe I went with, although in all fairness I must admit style was not my main drive. While I do where them on the treadmill at the gym, my most consistent use is on the walking trail near my house. (Pictured above) It has an asphalt pathway, occasionally flooded over and periodically shaded by trees.
The city decided to put flood plains to use as walking trails. The good news is no one is trying to build in the flood plains, the bad news is that the walking trails tend to flood after rains. But I love my trail so I am glad they went this route. While there are other walkers on the trail, I doubt any of them are looking at the style and personality of my footwear so I am more in it for the durability factor.
So on to the first impressions.
As you saw from the first posting, I did not buy the shoes just because I wanted a new pair. I bought them because I managed to walk a hole in my old pair. I did not realize how bad my old shoes had gotten until then. I knew they were worn in, but had not looked at the bottom in a while.
As a consequence, when I put on the new shoes my feet felt like they were floating on clouds. While it was soft and cushy, it is an unfair comparison as my previous shoes had no sole left. I will say though that I did not get any blisters with the first use which is unusual for me. Most sneakers I get tend to rub the back of my heel raw for the first week. These did not so I was impressed right off the bat even if the soles weren’t a good indicator.
Speaking of soles, I took a picture of the brand new ones and a second showing how they look after one month of use for comparisons sake. While they have been worn down, they are not out and still have a lot of use in them. As you can tell from the photo, many of the nubs on the sole, especially in the toe area have been worn to a nearly smooth base and have either disappeared or are reduced to outlines, shadows of their former selves. You can probably also tell I tend to walk with my weight on my toes as the heels are significantly less worn.
This month I have kept track of miles so I know (and you know) how many miles it took to wear them to this point. Its kind of like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a lolly, but with feet.
And no licking.
On the treadmill I trust the read out and on the walking trail I consulted a pedometer. I then put everything in a chart. In the month since I purchased these shoes I have walked a total of 115.2 miles in them. Personally, I did not think I walked that much in a month and am kind of impressed with myself.
So to sum up, the shoes are good, have so far lasted over a hundred miles and begin their month two journey. I will post at the end of month two, hopefully after another hundred or so miles and we will see how they are standing up to the wear and tear. Once they have reached the end of their useful lives, I will do a final review and decide if it is worth replacing with a new version of the same product or going with some other brand, make or model. Stay tuned.