Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Online Shoes New Balance 890 Review / Giveaway!


Ok, I know that in my previous post I said that I was reducing the number of reviews I do, but something tells me that everyone will love back to back reviews as long as one of them includes a sweet giveaway.....

A few days ago, I  was contacted by Online Shoes.com. (I’ve bought a number of pairs of shoes from them.)    For the record, when someone from an online shoe store contacts you, it is always good news. Kind of like a bank error in your favor. They said that New Balance was trying to get the word out on one of their newer neutral trainers: the New Balance 890. They’d like to send me a pair and would like me to host a giveaway.  Hopefully I didn’t sound TOO desperate when I emailed back within 45 seconds.

The New Balance 890 is a nice compromise between a minimalist shoe and a supportive trainer.  Coming in at just over 9oz (for the mens) it is one of the lightest trainers on the market that still provides loads of great features.  It’s sort of like a Porsche with like 12 cup holders and a rear DVD entertainment center for the kids.  New Balance running shoes, specifically the 890, are able to get the weight down while still providing good cushioning by putting lots of focus on creating new materials.  Sort of like NASA, but for your feet.

Anyway, when picking out my New Balance shoes to review, the thing that struck me most was how many great colors Online Shoes had in stock.  They had everything from bright red, to bright yellow, to the boring normal colors.  I run in a lot of shoes but these were some of the best colors that I’d seen yet.  So, since I like to wear my shoes like I write my blog.....colorful.... I decided to go with the bright red ones:


Test #1: New Shoe Smell – Passed!
Obviously, that is the first thing everyone does, right?  They get their shoes out of the box and smell them?  I usually like to think to myself “Wow, the smell only goes downhill from here

Note the light treading to provide just enough grip


Test #2: Tactile Response – Passed!
Since I’m going to be spending more time with these shoes than my family, I need to make sure that they hold up to getting snuggled.


Test #3: Make my son look CUTER – Passed!
I feel like everything I own must in some way make him look better


Test #4: Actually running in them – Passed!
I’ve taken them out for a handful of runs and have really liked them.  I can tell that they are a lighter weight shoe, but not so light that they trash my feet.  In fact, they were surprisingly supportive for as light as they are.  To be clear, these aren’t shoes that I’d want to take out on the trail because of the light tread, but they work great out on the roads.

Another thing that is almost a requirement that the 890s had was a large toebox.  My little piggies don’t like to be mushed together like sausages.  Mix that together with the fact that they’re brighter than the top of the Chrysler building and I am sold on these as part of the normal rotation.  I’ll use them for recovery runs at first but will likely work them in as my tempo run shoe due to their lighter weight.

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Being the ever diligent blog reviewer that I am, I did some digging on OnlineShoes.com and found that they actually have LOADS of New Balance shoes.  New Balance Shoes for Men (yay! Goooo men!) New Balance Shoes for Women (yay! I also loooove the ladies!), hell if running isn’t your style they have New Balance walking shoes and New Balance sneakers.  (Is shoes vs sneakers a soda vs pop type of a thing?)

Ok, I know what you’re thinking: Stop to blabbin and start to giving away!  Ok, here goes.  Like most contests, there will be a million ways to enter. You can pick from any of the mens New Balance or the womens New Balance shoes.  Unfortunately, you DO have to be in the USA.  The contest starts now and goes until 4/23.  PLEASE leave a comment for each time you enter.  I promise that I’m not going to the work to separate them all out so it’ll only count for one.

  • Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know you do
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Follow OnlineShoes.com on Twitter
  • Send out a Tweet mentioning me and the contest:  "I’m not boring, but just entered @TheBoringRunner New Balance giveaway hosted by @OnlineShoes_com http://www.TheBoringRunner.com/ "
  • Repost on your blog or Facebook, whatever.



FCC Stuff: I got a pair of shoes for free.  If you’d stop reading this disclaimer and enter you could too! I wasn’t asked for a positive review.  Seriously, are you still reading? You should be entering by leaving a comment!

424 comments:

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pensive pumpkin said...

i follow the blog! yay!

pensive pumpkin said...

i follow on twitter! double yay! also, in some states, considered stalking!

AngelikaPiwowarczyk said...

I do follow the blog :)

Running In Boise said...

Blog follower here.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I follow your stupid blog.

Running In Boise said...

Twittered the tweet.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I should probably stop following you on twitter, since all I do is act like an asshole to you.

Lisa said...

Your son is adorable! I already follow you on twitter :)

Lisa said...

I tweeted! @lisaeirene

bertha said...

I follow you!

Christine Ashby said...

I follow the blog!

Christine Ashby said...

I follow online shoes on twitter!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I love following your blog

Christine Ashby said...

I follow YOU on twitter.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

What took me so long to start following you on twitter?

Christine Ashby said...

and tweeted!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I started following Online Shoes too!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

And a good tweet is always nice!

Tricia said...

i follow you

Tricia said...

and on twitter

Tricia said...

and themon twitter

Elizabeth said...

i follow you

Elizabeth said...

i follow you on twitter

Elizabeth said...

i follow online shoes on twitter

Elizabeth said...

i tweeted about the giveaway

Chicken said...

Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! Unfortunately no extra points here because I don't twat or face...I can never win anything, BUT these maybe? Please please please!

Runners Fuel said...

a desperate follower in need of new shoes here!!

Runners Fuel said...

Already follow you on twitter

Runners Fuel said...

follow onlineshow.com on twitter

abbi said...

Follower!

Tim "Palantar" Jones said...

I follow the blog.

Chris Johnson said...

I am folowing you. Send me the shoes!!!

Bean said...

Follow your blog!

Evolving Through Running said...

I follow your blog at my own peril.

laroyal said...

I follow your blog via GFC as Laura R

Evolving Through Running said...

I follow you on Twitter as well

laroyal said...

I Follow OnlineShoes.com on Twitter as @laroyal06

Evolving Through Running said...

Now following Online Shoes on Twitter too

Evolving Through Running said...

Posted about your giveaway on Twitter

laroyal said...

tweet https://twitter.com/#!/laroyal06/status/189843744227471360

Evolving Through Running said...

Poster about your giveaway on the Facebook machine too

laroyal said...

shared on fb https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=203076876475006&id=11831645

Thanks for a chance!

Debsdailylife said...

Posted about your giveaway on facebook. ThankyoU!!!

Debsdailylife said...

Follow you on twitter!!

Debsdailylife said...

Follow online shoes on twitter

Debsdailylife said...

Follow your blog! THanks for the chance to win!!!

Kim said...

I follow your blog! And I agree that the shoes make your son much cuter and even more adorable! I just hope he isn't walking around in your wife's heels...or maybe he should so you'll have blackmail photos to show off to his future wife

Meg O @watchmegorun said...

i follow your blog!

Kristi said...

I followed your blog!
Kristi

Meg O @watchmegorun said...

I also follow you on twitter

Kristi said...

I followed you on Twitter!
Kristi

Meg O @watchmegorun said...

i follow online shoes on twitter

Kristi said...

I followed Online Shoes on Twitter!
;)Kristi

Kristi said...

I posted on Twitter!
Kristi

Kristi said...

My Twitter auto-posts to Facebook!
Kristi

Kim said...

I follow you on twitter!

Kim said...

I'm following online shoes on twitter

Michelle said...

Follower of the bloggity blog!

Michelle said...

Twitter follower!

Michelle said...

Follow Online Shoes on Twitter!

Kim said...

I tweeted!!

Michelle said...

I tweeted!
https://twitter.com/#!/RynonutMom

Michelle said...

I posted about it on FB! Thanks for all the chances!!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/#!/MichelleKoslowskyAdams

Michelle Womack said...

I follow your blog!

Michelle Womack said...

And on twitter. :)

Laura is Undeterrable said...

I follow your blog!

Laura is Undeterrable said...

And I follow you on twitter!

Laura is Undeterrable said...

I tweeted about the giveaway

Laura is Undeterrable said...

I follow Online Shoes on twitter!

Jayne said...

I follow your blog, now you on twitter and online shoes. I feel like a stalker...

Nerd. Word. said...

Who discusses all your posts??? Me

Denise said...

Following the blog via e-mail now.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

I follow you. Thanks for the giveaway!

josher hansen said...

I am following the blog!

josher hansen said...

I am following your Twitter!

josher hansen said...

I am following OnlineShoes.com!

josher hansen said...

I now Tweeted.

josher hansen said...

I also Facebooked it.

josher hansen said...

Can I now have the damn shoes? ;)

Betsy said...

I'm a follower! Pick me!

mikemilzz said...

Follow blog

mikemilzz said...

Follow you on Twitter

Karen said...

I follow you!

RW said...

i follow your blog

RW said...

i follow you on twitter

ltlindian said...

I follow you and I want those shoes!!

Caroline said...

I follow your blog

Caroline said...

I follow you on twitter

Caroline said...

I follow onlineshoes on twitter also

Caroline said...

I sent the tweet!

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

I follow you. And you already gave me a pair of shoes once. This is like conducting an experiment :)

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

ANNNNNNNNNND I already harass you on twitter. Daily.

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

Following OnlineShoes on the twitter too!

Run Jess Run said...

I follow your blog!

Run Jess Run said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Run Jess Run said...

I tweeted about your giveaway!

englundk said...

I follow your blog!

englundk said...

I follow you on twitter!

englundk said...

I follow them on twitter too!

Laurel C said...

I'm a blog follower!

Laurel C said...

I follow you on twitter!

Laurel C said...

I tweeted! @pace_of_laurel

Laurel C said...

I follow Online Shoes on twitter!

Crystal said...

I follow your blog.

Crystal said...

I follow you on Twitter....of course.

Crystal said...

I now follow onlineshoes.com on Twitter.

Crystal said...

https://twitter.com/#!/KCtoCapeCod/status/189872970531995648

I posted on Twitter!

Kelly said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Kelly said...

And I follow your blog (stalker, I am)!

Joe said...

blog follower, NB lover, VERY boring.

Kelly said...

Sent out a tweet for your contest. Also taught my phone the word "tweet". Awesome, I'm from the stone age. Awesome color, BTW. :)

ajh said...

I follow!

jwfong said...

following via gfc!

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jwfong said...

following you on twitter @jfong1130

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jwfong said...

following onlineshoes.com on twitter @jfong1130

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jwfong said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/jfong1130/status/189885251483480064

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jwfong said...

shared on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=329009473819931&id=100003375801046

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Meghan said...

Cute kid pic!! I follow your blog :)

Erica said...

thanks for offering the giveaway! i follow your blog

Erica said...

follow you on twitter!

Erica said...

follow online shoes on twitter!

prettyactive said...

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prettyactive said...

Following you on Twitter!

prettyactive said...

Following onlineshoes.com now too!

Kate said...

I follow your blog.

Kate said...

...and follow you on twitter...

Kate said...

...and follow onlineshoes.com on twitter...

Kate said...

...and even tweeted about the giveaway, which I never do....

Kate said...

...but I really need a new pair of running shoes...

Whitney said...

I follow your blog!

Whitney said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Whitney said...

I'm following onlineshoes.com on Twitter

Whitney said...

I tweeted about your giveaway.

RunningLaur said...

I follow your blog :P

RunningLaur said...

and i follow you on twitter

RunningLaur said...

and i follow them on twitter - yay shoes! yay bright colors!

Shannon @ Tales from an Average Runner said...

I follow your blog!

C2Iowa said...

I follow your blog!

Queenie said...

I follow your blog. I also like colorful shoes. Therefore, you should pick me.

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

I follow!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Follow on Twitter!

Yo Momma Runs said...

I follow your blog!

Yo Momma Runs said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Yo Momma Runs said...

I follow online shoes.com on twitter!

Yo Momma Runs said...

And I tweeted the contest!

Lora @ Crazy Running Girl said...

Those shoes look SWEET! Follow your blog :)

Lora @ Crazy Running Girl said...

Follow you on Twitter! (loramarie03)

Mike said...

I follow your blog. I also wear NB 1080's and have been looking to try some lighter NB shoes (hint hint onlineshoes.com).

Mike said...

I follow you on twitter too.

Christy said...

I follow!! I want those rainbow shoes...wooty woot!

bakerunlive.com said...

I follow your blog!

bakerunlive.com said...

I'm following you on Twitter!

Sue's Ramblings said...

Follower!

Alma said...

I already follow your blog, from a billion years ago.

Alma said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Alma said...

I follow online shoes on Twitter.

Alma said...

I tweeted your giveaway, just as quoted.

Alma said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog.

Elena V said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I follow you on GFC as Elena V
wildorchad@rambler.ru

Elena V said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I follow you on GFC as Elena V
wildorchad@rambler.ru

Elena V said...

I follow you on Twitter as @lifesdeepcolors.
Elena V
wildorchad@rambler.ru

Elena V said...

I follow Online Shoes on Twitter as @lifesdeepcolors
Elena V
wildorchad@rambler.ru

Elena V said...

Tweeted
https://twitter.com/#!/LifesDeepColors/status/189972122494447616

Elena V
wildorchad@rambler.ru

Amanda said...

I follow your blog already :)

Amanda said...

I already follow you on twitter!

Amanda said...

I followed onlineshoes.com on Twitter

Amanda said...

I tweeted about the giveaway (my twitter is @MandaRuns131)

Anonymous said...

I follow you and need a pair of light running shoes so badly!
Sandi

Westplex Runner said...

I follow your blog and really need some new shoes.

gene @boutdrz said...

i follow the blog. who DOESN'T, really?

gene @boutdrz said...

i stop the world and tweet with you! stalking, freely interrupting conversations, and offering worthless advice on twitter. but enough about you....BHAHAHAHAAH

gene @boutdrz said...

sending a tweet to encourage others to join the contest, thus exponentially reducing my chances of winning: done.
in all honesty, no body reads my tweets, so.....
YO!

51feetunder said...

I'm a creepy blog stalker who wears NB shoes!

4f4e6dba-83d8-11e1-9011-000f20980440 said...

I follow, and I cant ever get the comment box to work. Maybe I suck, but I love me some New Balance!

TriMOEngr said...

I follow you because you are hilarious, but I'd totally LOVE a new pair of shoes!

Ben Berry said...

I follow the blog. Im a big New Balance fan after living in Boston for 2 years, and would love to try the 890!

marathonwiner said...

i follow your blog!

marathonwiner said...

and i follow you on twitter!

Nicky @ Eat, Run, Read said...

I follow your blog! :) Even if I'm a creepy lurker.

Nicky @ Eat, Run, Read said...

I follow/stalk/whatever you want to call it on Twitter too.

Nicky @ Eat, Run, Read said...

Following OnlineShoes.com now too!

Nicky @ Eat, Run, Read said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/nickyeatrunread/status/190075926866964480

Bam! Fingers crossed for a chance to try some neutral trainers!

Nicky @ Eat, Run, Read said...

And, lastly, posted about this on ze facebook. /Done. :)

David R. said...

I followed up!!!! twitter @dr_foucault. Facebook too http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569494074
Thanks and stay boring!

Bradatuud said...

I like the rainbow version! Hmm, Red is cool also.

Jamoosh said...

I follow your blog like a crack addict follows their dealer!

Jamoosh said...

I follow your Twitter Feed although I could be bribed not to.

Jamoosh said...

I tweeted this madness, however I am not sure why...

Jamoosh said...

Blogged it because I have no decent content of my own...

Taryn said...

I follow the blog! :)

Katie said...

I follow your blog AND I happen to need new shoes! What a coincidence! Pick me!

James said...

I've followed for a few years now. I'd love to try some new shoes out!

Jill said...

I follow.

Jill said...

I will post on my giveaway section on my blog.

fancy nancy said...

I follow your blog as my daily giggle!!

fancy nancy said...

I follow you on Twitter!

fancy nancy said...

I follow OnlineShoes on Twitter!

fancy nancy said...

I tweeted away!!1

robin said...

I follow your blog.

robin said...

I follow you on Twitter. @birdie00000

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