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New Running Shoes...

Monday, March 12, 2012

First, this is not an ad for Mizuno or New Balance. Please bear with me.

Last Thursday, I ordered a new pair of running shoes and I posted the following in the forum:

"Present to myself:

Quite a while after using the Mizuno personalized fit tool at, I saw a good deal on one of the models recommended for me. So last night I ordered a pair of Mizuno Wave Creation 12 shoes for $79.98 with a 15 day trial from FinishLine. I took a chance on mail-order based on New Balance's claim that its sizes run true, and on the following emails:

To: shoeguy at
Simply put: A size 10 1/2 New Balance shoe fits me. Can I safely order the same size Mizuno shoe without being fitted for it?
-Vincent Colombo
Sorry, don't know anything how NB shoes fit. Mizuno shoes fit true to size. Suggest you go to a store and try on a pair to lock down your size. Yes, some brands go up a half or full size. If there is any doubt in your mind and you can't try on Mizuno first, go up a half a size to be on safe side.
-Bob Wischnia, Mizuno Running
The shoes shipped this morning. When they arrive, I'll let you know if the fit translates well between the two brands. I'm using the least expensive NB shoes now so it wouldn't make sense to make any other comparisons."

So, back to the present:

The shoes arrived today. The old and new pairs fit me equally well. I think that a person using one of these two brands who would like to try the other would be safe finding a good deal online and ordering the new shoe in the same size as the old properly fitted shoe.

New Shoes on Old Feet
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  • BD3269PM
    Nothing like a good pair of shoes that feel great.Glad it worked out for you emoticon
    3153 days ago
    I never dare to buy shoes online, without trying them on, so I'm glad it worked so well for you!

    3153 days ago
    I'm glad they fit. I am currently in search of the perfect shoes for me. Nike's arch starts about a quarter inch back from where mine starts which has held true for years and many different styles tried. Some brands fit well until I actually start walking miles in them where they start to make my feet scream! So let us know how they feel after you walk or ride or anything else in them.
    3154 days ago
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