Monday, October 29, 2007

New Balance 759 Walking Shoe

For someone who typically purchases running shoes, it is hard to find a walking shoe you really really like. The New Balance 759 arrived on our site a few weeks back and it's a great looking shoe that performs as well as it coordinates with outfits. It's also featured in the November 2007 issue of Woman's Day magazine, they feature it as an example of a great fitness walking shoe.

Here's what the 759 features:

  • ABZORB® cushioning in the heel and forefoot

  • TS2® Transitional Support for extra stability

  • N-Lock® midfoot support to keep the shoes snug and on your feet!

  • N-Durance® outsole for durability

You can view more information on the 759 while visiting our site. And don't forget the 759 is also a part of the Lace Up for the Cure® collection, so 15% of all wholesale sales will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, with a minimum donation of $500,000 and maximum donation of $1 million.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

RSS on!

The new RSS (Real Simple Syndication) page has arrived on! Now you can subscribe to our RSS feeds and gain information about all things New Balance. You can personalize the information you would like, then check your RSS reader at your convenience to get current information of interest fast! Pick your own RSS feeds and gain information on Promotions, exciting New Arrivals, New Clearance, Blog News and more!

It's easy to subscribe to RSS. Visit our RSS page then locate an aggregator website (or RSS reader) of your choice (Yahoo, Google, and Bloglines are just a few), then copy and paste the RSS link of your choice into your reader. Be sure to visit our RSS page for additional information, details, and helpful tips on how to subscribe. It's simple and free!


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Baby, it's Cold Outside!

As winter approaches and the temperature drops, it's time to start thinking about your winter wardrobe. To keep cozy during the big chill, New Balance has a new line of women's comfy fleece to keep you warm.

The Anorack Fleece (pictured to the left) is lightweight and designed with warm microfleece fabric. The side hand pockets will warm your chilly hands and keep your keys safe at the same time. In the winter, I live in New Balance fleece, but you could also wear this on a fall day or on chilly morning walks.

The updated Fleece Half-Zip Jacket is cozy and versatile enough to wear with jeans or during a cool morning workout. The contrast binding at the neck gives great detail and makes this top stylish.

So, whether you are looking for early gift ideas for the holidays or looking for a cozy top for the winter, try on this new line of New Balance fleece.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Runner Review on the New Balance 902

One of our running friends at, Sean from A Runner's Blog, wear tested the New Balance 902's for us. Sean is an avid runner, self-titled "middle of the pack" who logs regular training runs and a steady running regime. The 902 has gotten a lot of hype; including the prestigious title of Runner's World Editor's Choice. The 902 is a lightweight shoe with a lot of support, so we were interested to hear how it performed for Sean who typically runs on gravel roads and trails. It turns out they were a pretty good fit.

He says,"...the heel-toe transition is responsive and smooth. The soles provided ample cushioning yet still allow me to feel connected to the ground."

You can read more about his experience with the New Balance 902's here.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

New Balance 858 Running Shoe - new on

It is time to talk shoes once again on the blog, and the new kid on the block, the New Balance 858 arrived on our site a few weeks ago. The buzz is starting to hit!

The 858 is perfect for long distance runners; so marathoners, or avid everyday runners may want to check this shoe out. With lots of great technologies that are just built for people seeking stability and durability, there are other features as well for a variety of running types. There is a dual density medial post to help moderate over-pronators stay comfortable and secure within their shoes.

The 858 also has Ortholite® inserts to keep your feet comfy as you run, and ABZORB® SBS advanced cushioning for shock absorption.

Another great feature is the Sure Lace™ lacing system. Sure Lace shoe laces are unique in their look and feel. The secure laces keep the shoes comfortably snug around your feet. The Lightning Dry™ collar will keep your feet dry as you heat up during a run, and the 360° Reflectivity will keep you visible on the road as it gets dark.

Technology and comfort in one sweet looking package, I think I'm going to like the New Balance 858. Welcome to the neighborhood.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

You Deserve an Easy Day!

For those who have not heard, The 2007 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon was quite the "steamy" scene this weekend. Exhausted and overheated runners, and obscenely warm temperatures made for an eventful Sunday. But in the midst of all of this, approximately 25,000 runners did finish the race.

So, for all the marathoners who ran in Chicago this weekend, you deserve an easy day. Read this article from Runner's World about how to take it easy and recover from strenuous activity. Or, if you decide to take a few days (or even weeks off) do so without guilt. You made it through one of the toughest marathons in history.

To the left is a picture of our own Nick finishing the race. Look for the guy in the yellow tee with his arms up to the right in the photo.

Congratulations to all the runners!


Friday, October 5, 2007

The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon - This Sunday

Well, the marathon is just 2 days away and from the looks of the weather reports, it may be a little warm. It is looking to be 86-88 degrees and partly sunny for race day in Chicago.

In our previous blog posts, we discussed some tips on how to keep cool in warmer weather, read up on them before you leave. Make sure to dress for the warmer weather; lightweight tees, running shorts, and perhaps even moisture managing socks could do the trick as it heats up.
Oh, and don't forget to stay hydrated! That may seem obvious but as the excitement builds, you may forget to grab your water bottle. The aid stations are your friends!

But don't let the warmer than usual weather put a damper on your run, just run your best, run safe, and have fun out there.

Marathoners...please feel free to post your marathon stories here, we would love to share in your experiences of the big day. Our in-house marathoners, Nick, Kevin and Shawn are sure to return next week with amazing stories.

Good Luck to Everyone!


Thursday, October 4, 2007

The 2007 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon - Just Days Away!

With The 2007 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon this Sunday, it has been an exciting week at the office here at NB Web Express. Three folks in our main office are running this Sunday. One of them, Nick, who is featured in our "Go Nick" story on Runner's Express and our Chicago Marathon page is running Chicago for the second time, while the other two are hitting 26.2 miles for the first time ever in their running careers.

Kevin, who was featured in a previous post on our blog about his experience in a half marathon, left yesterday for Chicago. He was excited and ready for the start line, and his group of cheerleaders will be there to root him on!

We also have a group of folks headed down there to help with the Health and Fitness Expo where New Balance (as the sponsor) will be a key presence. If you happen to be heading to the Windy City this weekend, pop in and say hello, you will most likely see a group of excited and happy people decked out in New Balance ready to help.

As I have said before in this blog, I have never run a marathon. But after talking our runners and soon-to-be career marathoners, the most important thing to do is your best. Put everything out there and don't be too concerned about time. Keep looking up and looking ahead! You'll hear more from us as Sunday gets closer!

Good Luck!


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

New Balance and Lace Up! on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Yesterday, October 1 New Balance made an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show! Christine Madigan and Chris Mann of New Balance presented a check for $500,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® from NB's sales of the Lace Up for the Cure® Collection. New Balance donates 15% of all purchases from the Lace Up for the Cure Collection to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Additionally, another check for $100,000 to Komen for the Cure® was presented on behalf of Ellen to help reach her goal of raising $1 million during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Each member of the audience also received their choice of the W767SV or WA802BP from NB's Lace Up for the Cure® Collection. How's that for an exciting morning!

And in honor of this important month, now through October 31 on , get a free pair of Lace Up! pink laces with each $15 Lace Up for the Cure purchase. The laces are a cute and stylish way to show your support and hope for a cure!