Comments: I have been wearing New Balance shoes for years. This one is different. My last was the 1187. The 1296 is
narrower, must come from a different last, and is not comfortable. I have replaced it with the 1005 (can't return the 1296 because I
have tried to break it in and have worn it three times) which is every bit as comfortable as the 1187. My advice: if you want the
traditional fit and last, don't buy the 1296.
Comments: These shoes are pretty nice. I have worn Barricades for years and was always scared to switch but when
the 8 went to a lower arch I started looking around. I chose this because of the specs and also the one year warranty. I was wearing
out the Barricades after about eight months time after time. I have only worn these for one day but it was during a tough 4.5 match
and the shoes performed beautifully. I use a schools replacement sport insert. These shoes are very comfortable and stable at the
same time -- nice.