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New Balance 473 Trail Running Shoes 4 E

Reviewing: New Balance 473 Trail Running Shoes (4 E)  |  Rating:
derwood By derwood on
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I've owned these sneakers for about 5 months, and during that time, I've worn them nearly everytime I stepped outside of the house. I would estimate that I've walked about 400 miles in these sneakers since the day I bought them, including all of the walking I do throughout the course of a normal day, plus my nightly 2+ mile walk with our dogs.

Even with all of that wear and tear, these sneakers still look pretty good and have no rips or tears in the mesh material in the upper portion of the shoes. The soles are well worn, though, and the insoles no longer offer the support that they did originally, so it is just about time to replace them. All in all, they held together well.

When I first began using them, I had several instances during my walks when they became very uncomfortable, almost as if the insole had shifted inside of the shoe. It felt as the shoe had almost twisted around my foot, and that my foot was partially sitting on the side of the upper, instead of completely on the insole. This disrupted my normal walks on several occasions. Once I stopped to adjust everything, though, they were fine again.

Under normal circumstances, I probably would not have selected this model of sneaker. My purchase was driven by necessity and budget in this case, as my previous shoes began to cause me some pretty severe foot pain, and I did not have enough money to replace them with the same model. These shoes were available quickly, in the right size, and for a decent price, so I decided that I would give them a try.

I will continue to purchase New Balance sneakers in the future, but I probably will not select this particular model again.