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    New Balance 993s?



    Hey there, long time reader, few time poster, the usual.


    So at my local family-owned running store, they have a pair of New Balance 993s on sale for $30 which, after checking online, is ridiculous because they usually go for ~$120. I've heard they are super comfortable and their biggest selling point is that they are entirely made in America.


    Anyone have any experience with these bad boys? I am hesitant because my current running shoes are holding up pretty decently but I'm curious as to what people think.


    Any comments are appreciated.


    #2


    I've heard they are comfortable, but I've never tried them. Steve Jobs wore the 990/991/992/993 as the line progressed. They are iconic as part of his daily uniform.

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      #3


      I have myself a pair of 993s and they are comfortable. Though they are kinda ugly. I would recommend them for such a great price.

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        #4


        @Cannon Hmm never knew that about Steve Jobs but it's kinda cool that the creator of my phone felt they were good enough.


        @YellowWonder Yeah... I thought they were pretty ugly too. Well maybe not ugly, just bland. But since they are running shoes I guess it wouldn't make too much of a difference.

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          #5


          Honestly, when it comes to stuff like running shoes, getting the right fit at a good price is more important than looking good. My strategy re: workout clothes is not to maximize my hotness at the expense of function, but to prioritize function while minimizing how doofy I look. My current running shoes are a horrible Halloween orange-and-black but they were inexpensive and work for my running needs. What can you do.

          Ben

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            #6


            Just don't use them for weight training or running/impact(stability issues with those types of shoes has a much higher risk of knee damage)


            If they are for point A to point B long distance walking fine.


            and watch crazy stupid love :P

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              #7


              I think I'm gonna be the odd man out here, but I definitely think it's possible to get a pair of simple sneakers that can work for athletic stuff and a stylish casual look without the New Balance clunkiness (though it is cool they're made in the US). I've also never spent over $100 on a pair of sneakers, which makes it possible to have a couple pairs to rotate.


              This might come down to personal style and where I live, but I've gotten way more compliments on these than I ever have on a pair of dress or other casual shoes:





              Some further, highly-researched empirical evidence to prove my point, not a huge fan of this outfit, but scroll down to the third look here: http://stylegirlfriend.com/why-dont-...l-your-chinos/

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                #8


                You guys are tough, man. By running shoe standards, 993s are downright sexy... Most running shoes are an awful mish-mash of colors and materials, but the 993s are monochrome and unobtrusive.


                My problem with the 993s was that I found them a bit heavy on my feet. They are indeed comfortable but I always felt like I had a bit of lead in my feet when I ran with them. I eventually switched over to a different NB model that felt much lighter, but I no longer run so I can't remember the model number.


                Most important, though, if you're going to be logging any sort of significant running mileage, is whether the shoes are designed for pronators, supinators, or a neutral foot strike. Of course that requires knowing your own foot strike. I believe that a majority of people pronate and a majority of running shoes are designed to correct pronation, but if you're, say, a supinator, then you obviously don't want a shoe designed to correct a problem you don't have.


                But assuming the 993s are appropriate for your foot strike (I believe they're for pronators), they're certainly a good value at that price.

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                  #9


                  @Max - I don't like those. They hit me as that fresh and hip mainstream trend of color pop and easy-breeziness.


                  But then again, I obsess over James Bond's clothes and my closet consists of grey, navy, black, white, khaki/tans and earth tones just about exclusively. I may just not be fly enough for that new stuff.

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                    #10


                    I am currently on my second pair of 993's and I use them casually (not for running) for walking/getting around. They are by far the most comfortable pair of athletic shoes that I've ever used (Asics, Nike, Mizuno mostly).


                    For $30, let me know if they have any pair in a size 13 and I'll PayPal you the funds + shipping!

                    My side "job" http://www.facebook.com/thepocketsquared
                    Simple, elegant, pocket squares and ties

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                      #11


                      Any mention of New Balance shoes and Steve Jobs reminds me of this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk0roE34zLw

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                        #12


                        The 990/991/992/993 are as iconic and classic as the running shoe can get. My father and several of my uncles simply won't wear anything else, and they did a lot of running (military).


                        I wish New Balance would make some of their Minimus line domestically. So far, only 1 company makes "barefoot" shoes in the US - Softstar.

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                          #13


                          Thanks everyone for responding! Didn't expect this good of a turn out.


                          I decided if the shoes are still in the store when I next go, I'll pick 'em.

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