new balance for j. crew review

i finally got my kicks last night.  i want to go ahead and apologize for my shotty photo work.  a new camera is top 5 on my list of things to purchase.

i’m a new balance kind of guy.  i bought my first pair of gray 999s in 7th grade and have been a fan ever since.  i’ve probably owned 50 to 60 pairs since then (i had a major shoe buying problem in college).  needless to say i was pumped to open these bad boys last night.

the first thing you notice about them is the color.  they are a darker green as opposed to the bright, popping green i’ve seen in pictures.  that was a major plus for me, because i’d like for people to spot them but not because they’re loud.

the next thing i noticed was that the construction of the shoe was pretty much flawless.  there were no loose threads hanging anywhere and no wear marks or spots on the shoe (take note zappos).  they looked like they had been inspected and placed with care in the box (again take note zappos).  the suede is extremely soft and one punch with my thumb when trying them on made an indention that i had to smooth back out.

the fit of the shoe is true to size but on the narrow size.  i wear a 9.5 and had a little under .5 an inch worth of room at the end.  if you have a wide foot, go one .5 size up.  the shoe is ridiculously comfortable due to the soft new balance insole.  keep in mind these are not for running (get the 991s for that).

i’m impressed with the collaboration, but not the $140 price tag.  it’s the most i’ve ever paid for a pair of new balance shoes and that’s saying something (especially after you add in shipping).  with that said, i’ll probably do it again with the navy the next time i get paid.

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