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Comments: I am very distraught by this shoe. After 2 months, the sole of the shoe separated from the rest of
the shoe and does not appear to be covered by the warranty. I probably wore the shoe to play 3-4 times a month, but at a
high level (4.0/4.5). Now, the shoe causes me foot pain and is unwearable. I have reached out to customer service in an
effort to replace but I would rate this shoe very low. Do not buy.
From: Robert, 9/15
Comments: I was pleasantly surprised with this shoe. I have worn New Balance shoes in the past (recently the
MC 996) and although they offer great stability and low to the ground feel, cushioning and comfort were always lacking.
This shoe is very comfortable and still stable and quick. Will buy again!
From: Sal, 6/15
Comments: Loved the fit of the shoe right out of the box, but some of the stabilizing features on the medial
of the shoe took a little getting used to. Felt great on the court without any noticeable give. I needed to get an athletic
replacement insert to replace the worthless stock insert, but that's pretty typical for any shoe used in high impact settings
and outdoor 5.0 pickleball for me). I'm really excited about these shoes!
From: Devin, 5/15
Comments: Great shoes. Solid cushioning, arch support, lateral support, and traction. Perhaps the best shoe
Balance has produced in years. My only complaint is the stock shoe laces are a little short. I will definitely be buying a
Hope NB keeps making this model for years to come.
From: Chaz, 1/15
Comments: I have been wearing New Balance shoes for years. This one is different. My last was the 1187. The
narrower, must come from a different last, and is not comfortable. I have replaced it with the 1005 (can't return the 1296
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
traditional fit and last, don't buy the 1296.
From: Edson, 6/14
Comments: These shoes are pretty nice. I have worn Barricades for years and was always scared to switch
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
out the Barricades after about eight months time after time. I have only worn these for one day but it was during a tough
and the shoes performed beautifully. I use a schools replacement sport insert. These shoes are very comfortable and stable
same time -- nice.
From: JB, 6/14