Rated 5 out of 5 by Cuffie New Balance 696 Walking Shoes
The shoes are among the most comfortable I have ever purchased. The cushioning through out the interior of the shoes secures my feet without binding. The sole of the shoe grips well even on a wet surface. The shoes satisfy my every need.
October 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NHshopper007 Needed to size up. Now I love this shoe
I usually wear an 8.5 medium, occasionally a 9.0 medium. I tried all sorts of variations on this one from 8.5 to 9.5, medium to wide... The one that finally fit me is 9.5 medium. Now that I have that down, I love this shoe. Comfortable, lightweight, cushioned, fairly supportive and stable, good sole traction, and seems made to last. I've worn them practically non-stop for walking and casual dress for the two months since I bought them and I still love them. They go well with jeans.
October 11, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Boblap walking shoe
Good looking shoe but sizes small, size 10 is my regular size but will have to return for 1/2 size larger..
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gingergal Great walkers!
My husband has worn his old New Balance walkers for several years, even during a trip to Israel in December. When the shoes finally wore out, we decided to order a new pair from LLBean. We rely on customer reviews when selecting any item, and we are glad we did. We ordered a size larger than before because reviews indicated that the shoes we wanted ran a bit small. My husband is very pleased with the comfort, fit, and construction of the New Balance 969's. Thank you for maintaining quality products.
October 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CitizenKane Good feel, Comfortable
It feels good and is comfortable. I bought them because i'm from california and need some good traction shoes for winter. I don't think i'm going to spend time trudging through snow so didn't want to get some bulky insulated snow shoes that I would have to change out for class. Material looks a bit on the cheap side but I needed to find something to fit me.
Size: Runs normal to smaller than normal. Got some insulated 7's that were a size or two too big.
August 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JFoliage walking shoes run small as noted
I'm on my feet all day as a National Park Ranger and these shoes are very comfortable.
BUT! they do run small I usually wear 7.5 to 8.0 and ordered the 8.0 and I might have gone with the 8.5.
If I wore heavy socks then these would be a no go. But I'm in the green and grey uniform so I wear light to medium weight brown socks. The shoes fit like a glove or like my sneakers and are very light on my feet not wearing me down like the florsheims that the park service provides (heavy!)
So while other commenters are correct (get a full size larger for room with midweight socks), the shoes are comfortable from the second you put them on. I ordered the normal wide not extra wide and I don't feel squished but there is extra room for hiking socks either...
July 31, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by JustNorm I'm sorry to say.....
Yes, I am sorry to say that this is the first pair of New Balance shoes that I have bought that did not fit me properly. And that is saying something, as I have worn NB since back in the 60's. My problem is compouded by the fact that I can't go up a half size (thousands have this problem and nothing is done about it). You see I wear a size 12 and for some reason they don't make a 12 1/2.
In addition to that, it appeared that the quality was not what I would expect rom NB.
I would not recommend this particular shoe, even in smaller sizes. Not worth the money, in my opinion.
July 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Laikea Looked great but no go
My husband and I have been buying New Balance shoes for a long time now. These are a new style of walking shoe and looked great but were a 1/2 size too small, which L.L.Bean warns you about but they are also too narrow, even with a double EE (wide). They didn't carry the extra wide so had to return them for credit instead of an exchange. I wonder why N.B. changed their last on the shoe. What they used to make worked. Too bad. Customer Service was great when contacted about shoe size and return.
July 23, 2014