Good aesthetics, poor execution for a wide width model
4/1/16 by Eden Miller | Brooklyn, NY, USA
- Used Product For: less than 2 weeks
- Miles with Product: 6-10 miles
- Avg Miles Per Week: 16-20 miles
- Primary Activity: Walking
"I ordered this particular sneaker because it was available in a wide width, and stylistically it looked more like a fashion sneaker than the clunky, boxy and frankly orthopedic style of the 608, 609 and 857 models. I also own a pair of the 103 Minimus style, which is a similar shaping, but with less shock absorption.
This shoe has a roomy toe box without too much depth at the toes, tapering the appearance, and a very supportive heel, with a good balance of cushion in the sole without too much heaviness. The problems come at the mid-arch. First off, the inside of the shoe whittles into a very narrow foot bed, which then creates a cramped feeling as it comes up the sides; something that should have been made wider with the wider width last. It's quite uncomfortable there as it forces the sole of the foot into a pinch in the arch. Also, they stitched the tongue in place approximately 3 eyelets down, meaning if you need more depth in the shoe, you're out of luck. This wasn't a feature of the Minimus, so you can open the laces as much as necessary to add depth. On this shoe, you are stuck to the amount of give in the mesh fabric as it's stitched in place. Not a feature welcome in a wide shoe.
Finally, the back heel cup is so mushy as to crush every single time I put my foot into the shoe, and since I can't pull the tongue up higher, I can't make more room to slide in. Since it crushed down the very first time, it's been difficult every time since and involves a bit of struggle to make it flat against my heel.
Not an ideal shoe, other than the looks and the reliability of the name brand for durability."
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