Running Shoes, Shoes & Shoes!

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!

NikeiD Air Pegasus +26

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


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  1. Richard Simmons was recently on Ellen, so I’m going with that!!

    And I love your Nikes!! I want to design some, gonna check that out!!

  2. Jillian Michaels. I just saw her recommend those to someone on twitter the other day! I love her and especially this season of BL.

  3. I have the new balance WR758 and they are amazing… comfortable I want to wear them all the time. I found them at a super price to and in MANY different styles. And as a bigger girl they seem to hold up to a lot of abuse (I have had them for about 3 months now). I too am gonna go with Jillian Micheals on the Ellen show.

  4. I am going to go with Jillian Michaels. Reference your review of the Nike Design shoes. I don’t think $115 is too much for a good solid shoe (and I am not one who can easily afford them). I spent that, about 2 years ago and designed my own (pink, purple and black) and they were a worthy investment for my knees, plus everyone wants to know where I got those cool looking shoes. 🙂

  5. Lovin’ the reviews! Thinking about trying New Balance for my next shoes?! Definitely would if they were free 🙂

  6. JILLIAN MICHAELS. I am on her site and she is the reason I even started running/taking care of my body… never miss any of her appearances(:

  7. I need running shoes so bad, I just drooled…oh ya, the answer: my favorite fitness trainer the fabulous wonderful beautiful, yet tough Jillian Michaels. Crossing my fingers and saying a little prayer, lol.

  8. How awesome you’re doing another giveaway 🙂 The trivia answer is Jillian Michaels on the January 11 show. Thanks, ladies! (crossing my fingers!)

  9. I love new balance shoes and these look amazing! I love hearing reviews of running shoes since they are pricey and I would hate to get the wrong pair.

  10. Jillian Michaels! I could so use some decent running shoes. Ran with the dog today on my apparently used up Adidas, and I now have restless leg syndrome, one knee aches, and my right foot feels either like it’s going to cramp up or wants to crack. I have never worn K-swiss before.

  11. I love kiwi and pink too! My guess is Jillian Michaels. Just ripped out another of her workouts from Self as I recycle it. All motivational to me.

  12. Jillian Michaels. Thanks for the shoe reviews. It’s always tough for me to pick shoes that will work so it’s good to know 🙂

  13. I usually stick with New Balance for running shoes, but the NikeiD Air Pegasus looks so cute! I might have to consider getting some.

  14. Jillian Michaels.

    The color scheme on the NikeiD Air Pegasus shoes looks like something I owned in the 80’s. Can’t remember what it was but it was the same colors lol. It might have been Lisa Frank something.