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New Balance vs. Nike

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckeyeInTheBoro, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    I grew up when Nike made the best (most comfortable/coolest looking/good for sports, etc.) shoes. Therefore, whenever I need another pair, I still buy Nikes even though I mostly just wear them for everyday shoes now (Kicking a soccer ball around with a 7 year-old girl doesn't count as a sport in my book).

    My last two or three pair of Nikes really hurt my feet. I couldn't wear them around the mall for two hours without hurting. I naturally assumed this was me. I was buying the wrong size or was out of shape or something. Well, I've gotten back in shape, and had the shoes sized by a "professional" (I use the term loosly here) last time and still they just frickin' hurt. It's like the arch hits the wrong spot or is the wrong shape or something.

    Anyway, I complained about this to some friends who all said.. "That same thing happened to me and I bought New Balance and life is good again!" So I finally bought some. They were cheaper than the Nikes and WAY more comfortable and for the middle-age man styles I buy they look about the same. No more little piggies going wee wee wee all the way home.

    So I have three questions for the group on this off season day:

    1) Nike, New Balance, other?
    2) Did Nike change or did my foot?
    3) Is New Balance a publicly traded company?

  2. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    I have been looking for a new pair of workout shoes.

    I used to wear Nike Size 14 mid height cross trainers.
    The ones I have found so far do not fit as well as the old ones.
    They provide no arch support and they seem smaller across the front width and length.

    As you can imagine finding a size 14 or 15 in any shoe is a challenge.
    Do they make a basic white shoe anymore? I am not into zippers, velcro or glow in the dark soles.

    I am not sure what but something has changed with Nike. Maybe they are made in a different third world country now.

    Are you asking about NB for investment purposes?
    It seems to me the shoe world is fickle and the brands come and go.
  3. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    1) Both ... Nike for casual wear, New Balance for running/jogging.

    New balance just make a better performing shoe for running ... at much less cost.

    2) Not sure, Nike still fit my feet just fine for casual wear. They are not NEARLY as comfortable for running as my NBs.

    3) No idea
  4. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    it seems like new balance came out of no where to be cool about 5 years ago
  5. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    I have read several articles in recent years about NB gearing its product to 30+'ers and actually putting more thought into real-world function than flash. I have a pair of NBs that are decent, but I liked the Nike trainers I used to have, which were discontinued, more. My biggest problem with NB is that they don't make, or at least I can't find, any mid-rise shoes.
  6. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    I take a 4E in width and New Balance shoes are easy to find in that size.
    I can't wear Nike's either. I've never had shoes that fit and feel as good as the last several pairs of NB's.
  7. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    Show off :wink:
  8. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    Hell man, Ash is 4E, that is not a foot, that is a snowshoe! :biggrin:

    I do wear a size 15 cold weather / hunting boot.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2004
  9. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    Ya know, my wife said the same thing when she first met me.
  10. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    ashlandbuck: I take a 4E in width...

    Better change your moniker to sasquatchbuck...
  11. BuckeyeInTheBoro

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    Mostly tongue in cheek, but when everyone I know is switching from Nike to NB it makes me wonder what that might be doing to the bottom line at both companies. I think I'm a little late in realizing NB makes a good shoe to actually profit, but they are privately held anyway.

    I just found out these things are actually made in America too... I feel even better about my purchase! No more Nike for me!
  12. I am on my 4th pair of new balances. They are very comfortable and look great. The price is reasonable, but not exactly cheap. They are a great all around athletic shoe weights, running, pick-up sports. My biggest complaint is that they do not last. I do not where them daily, just 3 or 4 times a week and sometimes if I am hiking or just want comfort on the weekend. They fall apart way to easily. I keep buying them mainly for the look and because they are wider than nike, but I have not been impressed with the durability.

    New Balance has been huge on the preppy college campus seen for atleast the last 7 or 8 years. They blew up about the same time as North Face became an every day jacket and backpack. I do not know about the 30+ marketing campain, I see it as a transition shoe and the anti-flashy gangster B-ball shoe that is worn by suburban want-to-be high school thugs.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2004
  13. ashlandbuck

    ashlandbuck Banned

    Mine have lasted a long time. I still have my original pair.....Maybe 3 years old.
  14. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it!

    For casual or dress shoes I sware by Rockports. They are the most comfortable shoes that I have found and I can wear their casual ones with khakis to work. I also used to wear their dress shoes when I worked in a suit & tie job.

    I can't help you with the exercise shoes though.
  15. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    I swear by Rockports, but the Nikes were killin' me! No more!

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