November 24, 2008

New Balance MR1224ST Trainers

Writing about web page http://www.fitnessfootwear.com/p-1756-new-balance-wide-width-mr1224st.aspx

As some of you may be aware, I’ve been making a concerted effort recently (with some success) to get my size and weight under control. This has come in two forms: a diet; and regular visits to the gym (which have admittedly been irregular at best so far). This has posed a problem in that doing a lot of exercise in shoes you wear for the rest of the day is really icky, so when I’ve been going to the gym I’ve been wearing some old Nike Airs that are very dogeared and nasty.

So since I’ve been looking for a decent pair of gym shoes, I jumped at the chance when the nice folks at Fitness Footwear offered to send me a pair in return for reviewing them on my blog. Sounded pretty good for me, so after a quick peruse of their website I settled on getting some New Balance MR1224ST in funky orange.

New Balance Wide Width - MR1224ST

New Balance MR1224ST First impressions were extremely positive – after ordering a size 10.5 I was told that a lot of customers found this particular shoe to be around half a size too small. I took the recommendation and plumped for a size 11 instead, and after about 2 days they arrived. Packaging was excellent and not really any different to what you’d expect if you’d bought from a bricks-and-mortar establishment rather than online, and they were pretty good looking. After trying them on, I was extremely pleased that I’d bought the 11 instead of the 10.5 because they were pretty much a perfect fit.

Since I’d bought them for the gym, I took them out for a spin and they performed pretty much as expected. I had a bit of blistering after I’d jogged for about half an hour, and eventually that got me off the treadmill, but I think that was just a result of having not worn the shoes before and jogging for a reasonable amount of time after doing a lot of other gym work – overall they’re extremely comfortable and snazzy-looking to boot. Chuffed.

I also had a look around the rest of the Fitness Footwear site and they have a pretty good selection of running shoes as well, and since that’s what I tend to traipse around in all day I’ll probably go back and have a look and grab a pair of those too at some point. Certainly, any inhibitions I had about buying shoes online has gone away!


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  1. Casey

    No way! You sell out Mannion.

    I’m impressed that you blog cred is so high that you get free stuff though… I thought you had to be Clotilde Dusoulier for that to happen…

    What do I get? Chips.

    25 Nov 2008, 13:17

  2. Mathew Mannion

    I don’t think my blog cred is really that high, but I would imagine I was referred by two more credible people. First my line manager, then my team leader… unfortunately I don’t have any subordinates :( Except Sam maybe1.

    1 I haven’t actually told Sam he’s not my subordinate, I like to keep him thinking he is.

    25 Nov 2008, 13:44

  3. Casey

    It’s important to keep him on his toes. I expect.

    25 Nov 2008, 13:50


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