Well, needless to say, I just found the money myself because back then, those shoes were old people shoes and definitely NOT cool.
Well, not only do I think they are cool today. I LOVE them. I love them for more than the fact that New Balance shoes are still mostly made in America. I love them because they are great running shoes. Take the story of my trail shoes for example.
April 2012. I buy fast, flat trail shoes. Minimal, Vibram sole. New Balance awesomeness. They were all mine! I even Facebooked this exciting moment.
They were my new, fast, flat trail shoes, and I was excited! So I started to break them in. Now I don't run a whole lot. At least not compared to a lot of runners (even though we don't like to compare in the running world). I took these shoes on a 2 mile trail run quite a few times. They got muddy and gross and washed and hung dry many, many times. Yet they always bounced back and looked shiny and new each time.
Both shoes, same spots, both sides. Right where my foot creased when running, the material had broken down and was slowly tearing. At first, I thought, "Oh well." I quit running in them as much and started researching other minimal trail shoes.
Novemberish 2012. I was calculating up my miles for the year in each pair of shoes I rotated. It was then I realized that I had paid almost a dollar a mile to run in those shoes! No way!
December 2012. So, I took a huge chance and emailed New Balance Customer Care. I was nervous and guilty about it. What if they thought I was a mean, loony just trying to get a free pair of shoes? But seriously? I really had to talk myself through it.
The very next day, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an apology email from New Balance with an offer to replace the shoes free of charge. They even offered to provide me a different style in the same price range!
Because I loved these shoes so much, I just asked for the exact ones again. I had to ship back my old pair so that they could analyze the wear and
make sure I hadn't just razored rips in there make sure that it was a defect in the shoe. So, for the price of return shipping, I was able to get a replacement. No hassle... easy peasy.
And. TAH DAH!!! The box came in the mail the other day!
I carefully opened the box. I love the smell of new shoes.... ahhhh.
These really are wonderful shoes. Light as a feather.
And you can't go wrong with orange!
Tonight I did my first run in them. I ran on the treadmill because it was dark, and I'm scared of being eaten by a cougar. They felt amazing, and I ran a new best at under 10 minutes per mile.. even after I really, really didn't want to run at all.
So, I love New Balance. Great shoes, great customer service, great loyalty to American workers. Can't beat that!
*New Balance did not even pay me to write this post... not at all. Shoot, I guess I should have asked!*