New Shoes

29 Apr

Well, they’re here, the pair of New Balance shoes that I won on the Runners Lounge. Remember my post about the good luck fairy? I was anxious about what kind of shoe I would get. Were they going to be comparable to what I’m running in now (Saucony Guide 2)? Would I be able to return them? Was I getting an actual shoe sent to me or a voucher I could take to a LRS or use online? So many questions.

I never even heard the UPS guy ring the doorbell. I was taking some stuff out to the garage and happened to look down near the door and saw a box I hadn’t noticed before. Did DH put that there last night? So, I reached down and saw that it was all taped up and had my name on it. My shoes!

The first thing I did was log onto the New Balance website and search for the model, 769. Yes, before even trying them on I wanted to see if they were something I was even going to consider keeping.

Hmm, stability.
Are my current shoes a stability shoe?

Let’s check.
Why, yes they are.

So, I strap those puppies on my feet to see how they feel.
They feel okay.

The next thing I do is call the running store.
You guys sold me a pair of Saucony Guide and I just won these New Balance 769’s. How do they compare?

The guys tells me that they are even with the Guide. And the 769 is the comparable model they carry to the Guide.

Okay, cool.
So, now, do I want a running shoe or a trail shoe? That’s the question. I can just take these over to the New Balance store and trade, I’m sure. I mean, why couldn’t I?

So, this is what I will be deciding in the next couple of days.


Just called the local New Balance store. No, I cannot exchange the shoes. Apparently, the stores are all independently owned and they will not accept a trade, even though these shoes were shipped directly to me from New Balance. Hey, who needs you?

I think I’ll try the local running store. They carry this line and model, so maybe they’ll do a trade. –> Nope, they won’t do it either. Oh well. At least it’s a model comparable to my Guide and they were free! Can’t argue with that.

Live hard and run strong.” – sneakersister
(yea, that’s my motto)


3 Responses to “New Shoes”

  1. Lacey Nicole April 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    will you try running in these shoes? yay new shoes. i need some newbies. i’ve been running in the guide 2s also! i might shop around tho.. did you run in the guide 1s before the 2s? i don’t think i realized the guides were stability shoes? thought they were neutral for some reason..

  2. sneakersister April 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Oh, I guess I should have mentioned that. I did run in them just a little while ago on my new treadmill. The tongue on the inside is rubbing my left toes in a strange way. Not sure if thicker socks would help. That’s why I even called the stores, because of the rubbing. I never ran in the Guide 1’s, only the 2’s. I think Guide’s are considered light stability.

  3. Bob D April 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    I like them, they look sharp. Hey I’ll look for you Saturday at the youth run signup booth!

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