For the last 6 months, I have been working my tail off trying to get my pre-body back. After the first child it was pretty easy and I bounced back quickly, the second took a bit of time and with the third, it was clear the pounds weren’t about to go anywhere unless I was prepared to pull up my socks and make it happen.
I opted for a mix of cardio and muscle work, both of which are pretty hardcore (definitely not for the faint of heart). In December when I threw on my old running shoes it was clear that I wouldn’t be able to continue unless I bought some new ones. Although the shoes looked perfect on the outside, they were worn through on the inside and didn’t provide me with the support that I needed for all the bouncing around I was about to do.
I did purchase a new pair of shoes, but even though they were bouncy, they were almost too bouncy and I started to get pains in my ankle and shins. When New Balance offered for me to try out their new 890v2 neutral running shoe, I asked them whether it would be suitable for aerobics as well as for running and because of the neutral design, they assured me that they would be good for the exercise I was doing.
Fast forward 4 months and I am now using these shoes more than the brand new ones I purchased. The New Balance 890v2 is one of the lightest shoes out there and provides a nice bounce. The shoes are made from a durable REVlite foam and a super soft and supple upper.
The newly updated model is now built on the Natural PL1 last, which slightly drops the heel height, bringing the shoe closer to the ground and making it more stable without changing the cushioning properties. It also provides a 8mm drop from heel to forefoot (rather than the previous 12mm drop in the 890), putting the foot in a more natural position. I can tell you that I definitely felt a big difference with these compared to my others! My foot stayed put and there was much less wear and tear on my ankles.
The shoe also has ABZORB® cushioning crash pad combined with Ndurance in the heel, which is designed to absorb initial shock and provide the right amount of lateral release to guide the foot smoothly through toe off.
As the lightest running shoe in its class, the 890v2 will continue to feature the names “Baddeley” and “Barringer” on the men’s and women’s versions. The shoes are available in four colors for men and five for women, and retail between $99.00-$159.99 from Amazon.com.
*Thank you to New Balance for sending us a pair of shoes for review purposes!*