We haven’t done a shoe review in a long time, so we thought it was high time that we did so! Below the FBGs lace up three popular running shoes. The verdict? See for yourself below!
New Balance Women’s WR758
This pair of kicks was kindly sent to me by the New Balance folks who found us through our partnership with Girls on the Run (note: They kindly agreed to match our donation, so keep commenting!). I’ve tried on many pairs of shoe in my day, and, for some reason or another, New Balance footwear has never fit my fancy or my foot. Until I met the WR758, that is. This shoe is lightweight, stable yet springy and isn’t ridiculously expensive. And it’s cute in purple and silver! Kinda the ideal combo in my mind. I find my pair perfect for that walk-run around the neighborhood or a quick 5K on the treadie!
Nike gave me a chance to DESIGN MY OWN SHOES last fall while I was attending their Global Running Summit. As someone who goes through running shoes like a Biggest Loser fan goes through tissues (I dare anyone to watch that show and not cry), I rarely get jazzed about the look of shoes because I know that at the end of the day I need a shoe that delivers and doesn’t give me blisters. End. of. story. But these shoes weren’t just flashy, I got to design everything on them—from the shoelaces to the Swoosh to the mesh to the soles. My inner fitness- and fashionista squealed with delight! What you see at right is my shoe, in all of its flashy glory. The blue is for FBG, the green is for my BFF and I’s obsession with kiwi, the pink is for the girlie-girl in me, the purple for the (at the time) newly redesigned FBG site and the yellow is an inside joke between me and my hubby (last summer I declared that bumblebee yellow would be a new trend in fashion, and he rebutted that a primary color can’t be trendy—boys,I tell ya!). You can also get the tongues embrodiered with your own personal message. Mine was, of course, “FBG” on one shoe and “Jenn” on the other. The price tag for designing your own pair of these pretties is steep at $115, but the shoe itself is also a dang good running shoe with a long history of durability and neutral cushioning!
K-Swiss Tubes Run 100
When I think of K-Swiss, I think of my all-white K-Swiss sneakers from back in the day. Middle school? Elementary? It has been awhile since my last experience with the brand, so I was pumped when some new KS athletic sneaks landed on my door step courtesy of the company. Would I fall in love with them as I had those canvas classics? Of course I did!
The shoes are built to be lightweight and durable, and while I didn’t use them for running (I’m no marathoner Jenn, after all!), they did stand up to all of my strength workouts and were even flexible and light enough for my dance DVDs. The cool thing about these shoes (besides the affordable $75 price tag) is that they have unique tubes on the soles that cushion your feet just right. They definitely got a thumbs up from me for performance and appearance. I even had someone stop me at a movie theater and ask what kind of shoes they were!
Want to try a pair of K-Swiss Tubes? We’re giving away two pairs! Answer this question in the comments for a shot at the shoe in either pink/gray or purple/dark gray: What fitness guru recently showed off some weight loss moves—rocking K-Swiss Tubes—on Ellen?
Contest winners will be notified by email; U.S. residents only, please!
—Jenn & Erin