Inflation-busting alert: You can save bucks and your feet at the same time with a sale on the New Balance FuelCore Nergize F1 Sneaker at Amazon. Just in time, too, because frankly, our feet hurt as much as our wallets do. They bear our body weight all day, every day, for pleasure and purpose, in cold weather and warm, wet or dry. Because they work so hard, we need to give our feet support and comfort. And New Balance sneakers are just the thing.
It's not hard to see why these shoes have racked up more than 42,000 five-star reviews from verified shoppers. They have a cushioned memory foam insert for extra padding on your feet, yet they're as light as a cloud. They come in 12 different colors including garnet, dark gray and white with periwinkle accents (don't worry about getting them dirty — the clever SneakErasers cleaning sponges easily make them look brand new), and — this is a big and for many of us — they're available in wide widths. And if you want to make these easier to put on and take off, you can turn them into a slip-on style with the Xpand no-tie shoelace system.
These kicks have picked up plenty of accolades. Even professional "dog" whisperers rave about New Balance sneakers: Board-certified podiatrist Ernest L. Isaacson recommends NBs due to their comfort and support, while Dr. Nelya Lobkova agrees that the brand is “great for prevention and generalized foot soreness.”
Maybe even more impressive than the docs' imprimatur? Glowing testimonials from the people who really put a beating on their feet, day in and day out — teachers, nurses and retail employees! Here's what they had to say:
Teachers are big fans
Teachers and educators know how to put shoes through the paces (literally) — they're on their feet nearly all day!
"This is my third pair of these shoes (all in different colors)," one shared. "They are so comfortable and go with everything. As a special education teacher, I never know when I'll have to take off running down the hall to assist with a student, so these are really great for work. They're truly an everyday sneaker."
Another has discovered the shoes' wonders well outside the schoolhouse: "These shoes are so soft and flexible, you forget you are even wearing them," she wrote. "I am a teacher and do a lot of walking a day (10,000 steps or so) and haven't had an issue with these yet. I have also taken them out for walks around my hilly neighborhood, and they feel great. My feet are not sore at the end of the day anymore. And they're so cute!"
Even those with flat feet love these sturdy kicks. This teacher wrote: "I love this style of shoe, and these didn’t disappoint. I have very flat feet and am on my feet all day long, so these are a miracle! I will be purchasing more!"
Nurses can't get enough of them
Nurses and other medical professionals who find themselves running to and fro all day also give the New Balance FuelCore Nergize F1 Sneaker a stamp of approval.
One ER nurse shared: "Okay, so let me just start off by saying I am an emergency-department nurse at a trauma center where we always have lines out the door, and I love these shoes! I am on my feet for 12-plus hours at a time, and most of that is walking and moving. I rarely stand for long periods of time like some other nurses, but for moving constantly at a steady pace these are great..."
"I wear these every nursing shift," another added. "...My feet don't hurt at all at the end of 8- to-12-hour nursing shifts, and I'm on a rehab floor so I rarely sit down. I get so many compliments. I'm def grabbing more colors."
A nursing student chimed in too: "I love these. I got them because I'm in nursing school and wanted a comfy pair of shoes. My feet didn't hurt after being in the hospital all day."
Retail employees give them five stars
Those who work behind a register or padding around the selling floor know all too well the importance of a comfortable pair of shoes — and these New Balance sneakers certainly didn't disappoint.
"I can’t believe how much these shoes helped me," one service sector sharer said. "I work retail and I stand on concrete floors all day every day. I used to wear Adidas with a foam insert, but I’d still come home unable to walk around my house because my feet hurt so badly. I saw some good reviews for these and decided to try them. I can’t believe how much better my feet feel. I still have bad days, but it’s not near as often as before. I’m able to be on my feet all day, 40 hours a week, without crippling pain. I also noticed that my sciatica has been bothering me a lot less. I can’t recommend this shoe enough for anyone who has pain from working retail."
Another added: "I really like these! I bought them for my retail job and they have helped alleviate strain on my feet and back. These are pretty comfortable, sort of feel like slippers because they're squishy all around even on the toes."
Another was brief but to the point: "Love this shoe! I work retail and it has been a lifesaver. Very comfortable to wear all day and stand in for long hours."
Reviewers with wide feet are obsessed
One reviewer with arthritis notes they found relief with these shoes. "I bought these shoes because I read that they were good shoes for folks with arthritic knees, and they absolutely are!! The cushioned support is amazing," they say. "I can walk around with practically no pain all. After weeks of pain, and not really believing that a shoe would make any difference, I'm here to tell you that these are my new everyday office shoes. I'm a firm believer. The fit was perfect right out of the box. I wear a wide, and these are just the right width to make my feet feel happy! If you have arthritis in your feet and knees, you owe it to yourself to get a pair of these."
"As soon as I received my New Balance FuelCore Nergize sneakers I put them on. They had just enough give, in all the right places, so that my wide feet felt very comfortable," another adds. "I was worried they wouldn’t have enough structure to them but my feet were getting a nice supportive hug. I love the color and style. They don’t look like your average sneaker and that’s a good thing."
If you're looking for the best affordable, no-show socks to pair with these sneakers for a stylish look, we recommend the ones from Wernies.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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