This is a good walking shoes. I don't think it's as good as the 928v1 that had the graphite rollbar and wider toe box but I do think it's better than the Brooks. I'm a letter carrier with a walking route and wear these everyday at work. I have worn both the New Balance and the Brooks for one year each. I have custom 3/4 length orthodontics and both shoes provide adequate room for them underneath the removable insole. The New Balance insole is far superior to the Brooks. If you go with the Brooks just go ahead and buy new insoles because the ones that come with them are worthless. Having said that I don't have an opinion about either in regards to arch support. With the New Balance just order one size wider than you normally do. The v3 is just narrow especially in the toe box. Length is fine. Same goes for the Brooks but I also had to go one size longer in length as well. The Brooks has a longer lasting sole. It seems to be one solid molded piece where the New Balance is a thin outer piece glued to the main sole that wears out quicker than the Brooks. The problem with the Brooks sole is that it is narrower than the New Balance and doesn't provide the same stable walking surface. And that is the main reason I prefer the New Balance. The Brooks Addiction does come unglued where the front of the sole wraps up on the shoe but that is easily fixed with some super glue. The uppers on both the New Balance and the Brooks seem.to wear about the same. So I'm going back to the New Balance 928v3 and waiting on a new version to come out and see how those will do. Brooks has recently updated the Addiction Walker but just looking at pictures I'm not impressed but I haven't even tried them on. The New Balance does cost slightly more but it's not a deal breaker for me.
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New Balance 928v3 vs. Brooks Addiction
Best shoe for me
I wear a 14 4e 215 lb and it's between the 928v3 and perhaps a Drew like a Surge. The 928v3 is lighter. I've probably worn 15 pair. I put in an Aetrex 425 insole for flat feet. I rehabbed from 4 foot surgeries wearing 928 & Drew with Aetrex. The 928v3 has the tall toe box which NB had cut down in the 928v2. I wore a pair for a week and got a black big toenail - I switched to Drew but the 928v3 has the tall toe box of the original 928.
Sturdy, light, and comfortable shoe
I have super-sensitive feet, which force me to wear shoes that touch my toes the least. These are wide and because they are arched up, there is no bending of the shoes.
Great shoes excellent support
I bought these shoes because I have had them in the past. These shoes are the best I have ever had for support in the soles and side support I buy more when I wear them out I do a lot of walking and they last me for over a year
Great support and comfy too!
Bought these and (a pair in black) for my husband who has very wide feet and a collapsed arch. The support and fit on this shoe is great, not to mention it is very comfortable. Good quality too!!!
Solid Walking Show w/Rollbar Support . . . off-white
I've been wearing this shoe, the various models and replacement models, for a long time and they're still solid walking shoes. I need the extra rollbar support so these are perfect for not flexing too much and, with the supplied insole removed, there's room for my "Superfeet" and lots of toe room
My one (rather large) complaint about this version, at least the pair I received, is that they're not the pure white they've been in the past. They have a slight, very slight, yellowish off-white look to them. (The mesh part in the standard true-white, which makes the off-color less subtle.) That kind of bothers me 'cause, well, I want white shoes when I order white shoes.
I got this shoe because most shoes don't last longer than a year before they start collapsing. I looked for a "walking" shoe that would be comfortable and look good. This shoe is okay. Give leather. But, it's not for longish walks. The inner sole is thin and virtually useless for absorbing the pressures on walking feet! I replaced it the the Dr's inner sole and its much better, but still not what I wanted in a walking shoe. hope this helps.
Tongue slips, not good.
I've purchased the 928 series for several years, earlier versions were fine but the last pair I bought has disappointed me very much. My problem with my latest pair is the slipping tongue. I'm going to have to modify the tongue somehow to keep it from slipping. Never had this problem before with previous version. Price stays the same but overall quality is just not up to par. I'll be looking for replacement for future shoes. Attached photo shows how the tongue wants to slip to the side.
Tongue Too Short
The V2 was excellent. The V3 when laced all the way the top the lace slips over the end of the tongue and cuts into my foot. Even when I stop one eyelet short of top the lace nearly slips over the end of the tongue. If I don’t lace all the way my foot slips when walking.
Haven't had opportunity to wear them yet but pleased the jdifficult 12 1/2 narrow size is available somewhere. Still looking for that size in a hiking or work boot.
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