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BRAND NEW BALANCE
PRODUCT 1050
PRICE £64.99 inc P&P
WHERE www.sportsshoes.com

GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE?
The website was easy to navigate around and the order process was very clean and easy.
FEATURES
C-Cap
EVA moulded under pressure provides a firm, cushioned midsole that is lightweight.
Abzorb SBS
Premium technology offering superb cushioning benefits with a unique cored design, and improved compression set for optimal results.
TS2 transitional support
Smooth heel to toe transition: more support in heel to avoid inward roll, or softer in the midfoot to help transition & the natural running gait.
Abzorb
Provides enhanced heel and forefoot shock absorption.
Stability Web
Provides lightweight torsional midsole stability.
Ndurance
Hard wearing rubber compound used in the heel pad for maximum durability upon heel strike. Enhances midfoot support.
Nlock
Enhances midfoot support.
Synthetic mesh upper
Partially ‘blown rubber’ sole.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PRODUCT?
My last few pairs of shoes have been quite cheap shoes that are great for the first couple of months but then the cushioning compacts and the grip wares down. I decided to invest a bit more money into a pair of shoes that were going to last longer. I had heard a lot about New Balance from various people, so decided to look into them. I was originally intending to purchase the ‘854’ shoes; as they were highly praised by Rip. After messaging Rip on the subject I found out that he was looking to get the ‘1050’ shoes; so I looked into these as well and decided upon them.
ROADTEST
COMFORT
Very, very comfortable. I have used a variety of shoe brands before, and have found these the most comfortable. Excellent padding all around the foot.

SUPPORT AND CUSHIONING
These offer very good support to the ankle, without being too restricting. New Balance’s sizing system is really useful as it allows you to get the perfect fit. When I first received the shoes I thought the sole felt quite solid. After closer inspection I found that it had little gel pockets along the side of the shoe, on the ball of the foot and on the heel; this allows plenty of cushioning whilst running as well as during practice.

DURABILITY
After giving them a vigorous first few days, they have held up nicely with no signs of wear. The sole is made of solid rubber, with blown rubber in the areas least prone to wear. This should allow the sole to keep form for a good few months.

STYLE
You don’t buy a parkour shoe for the looks, so I wasn’t really bothered with how they would appear. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they did actually look good. A stylish design, with an interesting look.

TRACTION
The best traction of all the shoes I’ve tried. The blown rubber provides excellent traction on a variety of surfaces. They offered excellent grip on metal, painted metal and plastic from the start but were a bit sketchy on walls to begin with. Once worn in though, the grip on walls was excellent, second to none.
CONCLUSION
If you are like I was and like to buy cheaper shoes that are only good for a few months at most; then I would strongly investing a bit more money into these. Excellent grip, cushioning, support and durability whilst looking good and still being very comfortable. I’m expecting these to last me for a long time; definitely worth the money.

 





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