New Balance versus Nike

by Jen on July 18, 2011

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a Nike girl.  I’ve only bought Nike runners my entire life.  Now that’s saying something about a brand.  To me, Nike was superior to all other shoe brands.  It’s a brand I trusted with my fitness life.

For the past 5 years, I’ve been working out at home.  It started with running on the treadmill, but over the past couple of years, it’s grown to so much more.  In fact, I haven’t run on the treadmill in over three years.  Now, my preference is high impact aerobics combined with strength training.

When we moved into our house earlier this year, we had the opportunity to finish the basement.  After years of working out on carpet, I knew I wanted to change that.  So we built a workout area that has cork flooring.

I love working out on the harder floor.  It gives me the ability to pivot my feet so that I don’t torque my knees!  This is super duper important when doing high impact sports and aerobic activities.  The last thing I need is to twist my knee.

Even though the cork floor is great, I’ve noticed that my feet were starting to take a beating.  After my workouts, I would get hard calluses and blisters on the balls of my feet and my big toes.  Ouch!  At first, I attributed it to worn out runners.  So, when we went to Tucson in the spring, I bought 2 new pairs of Nike shoes, both cross trainer type shoes.

But after a month of wearing my new Nike’s, my feet were still killing me.  That’s when I decided to try out some new shoes.  I headed down to the nearest Short Chek and asked the experts: what is the best women’s cross training shoe?

The answer:

New Balance.  I was shocked.  For some reason, I had the notion in my head that New Balance was a inferior shoe.  There goes that branding thing again.  I tried them on and……..
I immediately loved them.  It felt like I was walking on air.  They are lightweight, flexible, and cushioned, three very important qualities I was looking for.
But, I just had to try on a pair of Nike’s.  I tried on the Nike Free XT Quick Fit which was recommended to me by a friend.  As soon as I put them on, I noticed the difference.  The Nike’s were narrow and hard on my feet.  I had the New Balance on my right foot and the Nike on my left.  I jumped and hopped around the store.  I had my answer.
New Balance won!  They fit my foot like a glove.
I couldn’t wait to put them to the test on my workout floor.  So I put in my Insanity video and went crazy.  Now, if you’ve ever done Insanity, you know how much jumping and lateral movement there is.  The result: no sore feet!  I was so thrilled, that once I finished that video, I put in my TurboFire video.  TurboFire is also very high impact.  The result: no sore feet!
For the very first time after my workout, my feet weren’t burning!  When you workout as hard and as often as I do, this is such a relief.  My feet love me again.  And, I love my feet!
Now, I’m not telling you to run out and get some New Balance shoes.  I’m just telling you what has worked for me and my feet.  I urge you to try out different shoes.  Don’t just stick to one brand, you may be doing your feet a disservice! 
** I was NOT paid by New Balance for this report**
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