Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports

Men's New Balance 1223

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Men's New Balance® 1223 :: Boost your high-mileage training in the massively cushioned men's New Balance® 1223 running shoe with an improved midsole for supportive compression and resilient toe-off. The New Balance® 1223 features a seamless liner to enhance your fit. Nearly an ounce lighter now! 12.5 ounces

Category Type:

STABILITY+ [?]
Get the guidance and support you need to keep you running strong and feeling stable mile after mile. If you have an average arch but like extra cushioning and support, Stability+ shoes are your perfect pick. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Lightning Dry: Hydrophobic polyester yarns that quickly move moisture away from the body to keep the wearer dry and comfortable
  • Extended Web: Provides exceptional stability and pronation control
  • Full-length ABZORB: Maximum shock absorption
  • Phantom Liner: Seamless liner reduces irritations against the foot - enhancing the comfort, fit and weight of the shoe
  • N-Lock: Enhances midfoot support
  • Stability Web: Superior, lightweight midfoot support
  • TS2 (Transitional Support System): Pronation control and smooth transition through gait cycle
  • N-Durance outsole: Rubber compound for maximum durability in high-wear areas
  • ABZORB FL: NB's top of the line midsole material with excellent cushioning and compression set properties. A blend of Dupont Engage, Isoprene rubber and proprietary materials provide the ultimate ride
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Specifications:

  • Predecessor Product Type:  1222
  • Shock Absorption: Heel|ABZORB|Forefoot|ABZORB
  • Toebox Width: Medium
  • Shoe Construction: Slip last
  • Midsole Material: Dual density compression molded EVA
  • Outsole Material: Carbon rubber
  • Upper Material: Mesh|Synthetic leather
  • Country of Origin: China

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Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports
 
4.2

(based on 67 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (19)
  • Breathable (16)
  • Cushions impact (15)
  • Arch support (13)
  • Durable (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road running (14)
    • Pavement (4)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        90% 

        (19 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        90% 

        (19 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Arch Type:
      • Average arch (14), Low arch (4), High arch (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (11), Enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A breath taking classic

    By T-bone

    from Miami Beach, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Fast
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Great with Jeans
    • Lightweight
    • Pronation Control

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Pavement

      Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

      This shoe has all around, exceptional benefits: Pronation control, cushioning and breathability. I'm on my 3rd pair in 5 years. It is my primary walking shoe and boy is the ride amazing The Abzorb cushioning system is far superior to any air bladder system I had ever used. I'm 6 foot, 240 lbs with a size 13 4E foot so I can do damage to a shoe yet the 1223 gives me a shock absorbent ride as if I was in the back seat of an old Lincoln Continental and the integrity of the shoe holds up superbly!
      I also jog in the shoe at my local track as well using it for aerobics.It handles those tasks, magically.
      The 1223 is by far one of the most superiorly made pieces of foot ware on the market with world class biometrics built throughout.
      I urgently recommend it.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Low Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      5'10, 180lbs. 5k pace @ ...

      By Dan

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

      5'10, 180lbs. 5k pace @ 7:30, 32yo. Prior to re-finding this shoe, I had to wear the Brooks Beast or the NB 12xx series. Both are very good shoes, but also very heavy. Both are "motion control plus" which was obvious by the total lack of shin splints I experienced.
      This shoe was re-released and is categorized as a "stability" shoe. I have given it the distance test, the speed test, the first day test. So far, about 30 miles on these shoes and not a hint of knee or shin splint pain. New Balance, please keep making this shoe--call it an Antique Series if you like. All I know is I can finally run in a shoe that is flexible AND light with no pain at all.
      Five stars, and mine came with a Made In USA tag so no China worries...
      Thanks to RRS (can't find these anywhere else) and NB!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LOVE THIS SHOE

      By TEEB A TEEB

      from CALIFORNIA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Good Arch Support
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

        THIS IS MY THIRD PAIR OF THE 1223 AND I LOVE THEM, I WILL CONTINUE TO BUY THE 1223'S FOR YEARS TO COME.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Going to buy another pair!

        By jjudd

        from Jonesborough, TN

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Breathable
        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Durable
        • Good Arch Support
        • Good Traction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

          I run about 20 miles per week. I'm a heavy runner (215 lbs0. These shoes provide great support and cushion and are very comfortable. I've had them about 4 weeks now, and are very durable so far.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This shoe rocks!!

          By F. Gump

          from Just felt like running

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gym

            Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

            Excellent shoe for running. I have a pair of Asics GT-2130 which are great, but no comparison.
            The 1223's have excellent support and cushion. Just a few more weeks and the Asics are history!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best of the 12XX ...

            By JGG

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

            Best of the 12XX series-good support for the big guy, great fit and comfort and the transition and cushioning is on par with some of the better nike shoes I've loved in the past. Plastic asic poopies in the midfoot are kept at a mimimum as well. I hope RRS keeps ordering this model with no decrease in quality.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            205 lbs, 40+ mi/wk. Used ...

            By Dan

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

            205 lbs, 40+ mi/wk. Used these for 250 miles. They helped knee pain and enjoyed the wide toe box. However, they seemed to wear and break down early. Satisfied but not evoerly pleased, will try another shoe next.

             
            4.0

            Like coming home

            By tonygio

            from illinois

            About Me Gym Rat

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction
            • Pronation Control

            Cons

            • Wears Out Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

            Every time I come back to these shoes, I wonder why I even bother to try anything else. Granted, the newer generation of running shoes is more "technologically advanced"...but that doesn't necessarily mean they are better! And as for these 1223's, they continue to be as supportive, well-cushioned, and just all-around comfortable as any shoe I've tried in the last several years. Kudos to NB for recognizing their classic creation, and to RoadRunner for continuing to sell them.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too small
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Low Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            My 3rd pair!!!

            By T the NB fan

            from Miami Beach, FL

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Durable
            • Fast
            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction
            • Great with Jeans
            • Lightweight
            • Pronation Control

            Cons

            • Wears Out Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Pavement

            Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

            The most comfortable shoe I think New balance has ever made. Amazing cushioning, unbelievable ride, great pronation control and extremely breathable. I just bought my 3rd pair from Roadrunner recently to replace my three year old pair of 1223s. They have held up remarkably well and the cushioning is still there after all this time.AMAZNG SHOE. However, they will wear aesthetically because of the mesh but still hold up. Like I said I'm 6 foot 240 pounds and I wear a 13 4E. So I can do some damage but these shoes are monsters.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Low Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Perfect follow on to the 1221 and 1222

            By G Man

            from UK

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Durable
            • Fast
            • Good Arch Support
            • Good Traction
            • Great with Jeans
            • Lightweight
            • Pronation Control

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Running

              Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

              They may be an old style, but they are so comfortable and the colour scheme and fit are just perfect.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • High Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              3.0

              Good trainer!

              By Scormart

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Durable
              • Good Arch Support

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Road Running

              Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

              Ran my first marathon in the 1223's in Jan 11' and they performed very well. The 2E's may have been a little too wide me as I've never been able to get them tight enough.. Have about 250 miles on them and expect at least 100 or so more...

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels too wide
              • Arch Type:
              • High Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Soild Trainer

              By Scormart

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Durable
              • Good Arch Support
              • Good Traction
              • Pronation Control

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                I use 1223's to run my 1st marathon in Jan 12' and they performed great! I'm 6' 175lbs and I have about 250 miles on them and expect at least 100 or so more. The 2E's may have been a little too wide for me though.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels too wide
                • Arch Type:
                • High Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great Shoe !!!!!

                By Wayne the walker

                from Buffalo, WV

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Good Arch Support
                • Good Traction
                • Great with Jeans

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Pavement

                  Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                  Use for walking. Made in America. No cons. Fits well. Did I mention that they are Made in America. Need more shoes that are made here and not in China or across the big pond !!!!!!

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Best running shoes I've ever had.

                  By Aspie Runner

                  from Thousand Oaks, CA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                    I hope that New Balance never discontinues the 1223s.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great shoe

                    By dmtcpa

                    from Tupelo, MS

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Cushions Impact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Running

                      Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                      I'm a heavier runner and they cushion the impact greatly. Love them more with each run in them. They look good too.

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Width:
                      • Feels true to width
                      • Arch Type:
                      • Average Arch
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Just keep buying the 1223

                      By Karl

                      from Wayne, NJ

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Breathable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Fast
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                        I use the 1223 running on the street. Very light and comfortable. I tried the new models and went back to the 1223. I was very happy to see that the 1223 model is a classic and still available. I really don't have any complaints about this model at all. I would highly recommend the 1223 to others

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        The New Balance 1223 Running Shoe

                        By Marathon Man

                        from Oakville, Ontario Canada

                        About Me Avid Athlete

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Good Arch Support

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Road Running

                          Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                          I have been using New Balance shoes for marathoning for 32 years now. The New Balance 1223, to my estimation, has been the best manufactured shoe to date. This shoe feels comfortable and absorbs shock terrifically.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          I like them

                          By New runner

                          from Tupelo, MS

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Breathable
                          • Comfortable
                          • Cushions Impact
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Road Running

                            Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                            They are great shoes for my weight. They cushion my step well and I will try to find another pair!

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels true to width
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Average Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            This is an Excellent Marathoning Shoe

                            By Marathon Man

                            from Oakville, Ontario, Canada

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Pronation Control

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                              I have used the New Balance 1223 for five years, participating in fifteen marathons per year. They take me all the way!

                              • Sizing:
                              • Feels true to size
                              • Width:
                              • Feels true to width
                              • Arch Type:
                              • Average Arch
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              The best running shoe ever!

                              By GBF Runner

                              from Winston Salem NC

                              About Me Casual/ Recreational

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Breathable
                              • Comfortable
                              • Cushions Impact
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                Run 3 miles on paved nature trails 4x week (on the elliptical when it's too hot or cold). Great overall shoe for the average athlete.

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Arch Type:
                                • Average Arch
                                 
                                4.0

                                "I would buy this shoe again."

                                By Mike

                                from Houghton, MI

                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Cushions Impact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • With Orthotics/Inserts

                                  Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                  None

                                  • Sizing:
                                  • Feels true to size
                                  • Width:
                                  • Feels true to width
                                  • Arch Type:
                                  • Average Arch
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Glad they are now a classic.

                                  By Jim

                                  from Texas

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable
                                  • Cushions Impact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Arch Support
                                  • Pronation Control

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Endurance Training

                                    Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                    I tried the 1224 when I thought the 1223 was being discontinued. I developed foot problems with the 1224 and tried a different brand then a different New Balance. Nothing beat the 1223's

                                    • Sizing:
                                    • Feels half size too small
                                    • Width:
                                    • Feels true to width
                                    • Arch Type:
                                    • Average Arch
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Best shoe ever! ! !

                                    By NB LOVER

                                    from California USA

                                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Breathable
                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Cushions Impact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Arch Support
                                    • Good Traction
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Trail Running

                                      Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                      These's are the best shoes ever, I wish NB would bring back the 1223's. Once you wear the 1223 you will never try a nother shoe on again!

                                      • Sizing:
                                      • Feels true to size
                                      • Width:
                                      • Feels true to width
                                      • Arch Type:
                                      • Average Arch
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      good shoe

                                      By Mot

                                      from Omaha

                                      About Me Avid Athlete

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Absorbs Shock
                                      • Breathable
                                      • Comfortable
                                      • Good Arch Support
                                      • Pronation Control

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Pavement
                                        • Road Running

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                        Bought this shoe when it was on the 1 day sale.With coupon I paid [$]. I'm very glad I bought it.Unlike the 1224, the 1223 is a excellent shoe.Well cushioned for a haveyweight and stable enough for everyone except a very flat foot.Great shoe.

                                        • Sizing:
                                        • Feels true to size
                                        • Width:
                                        • Feels true to width
                                        • Arch Type:
                                        • Low Arch
                                         
                                        4.0

                                        I don't think you can say ...

                                        By Anonymous

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                        I don't think you can say a shoe is bad except for the way it's made. Most reviews are poor for this shoe but I love mine. The toe box is wide and perfect for a wide foot. I am a woman and it is great for me since all of the womens wides are never really wide enough.

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        I am most pleased despite ...

                                        By Steven K

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                        I am most pleased despite the other reviews. No knee or foot pain. Previously bought many 998 and 997. China manufacture made me concerned, but no problem.

                                         
                                        2.0

                                        After NB "upgraded" the ...

                                        By Haggis

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                        After NB "upgraded" the 991 to th 992, I had serious knee and shin issues. RRS and NB both recommended the 1223. Big mistake!! These absolutely KILL me. I have even worse issues with my knees, my IT band, and with my plantar fascia. And they make me run flat-footed. I'm eagerly awaiting the 993 to see if it's an improvement over the 992.

                                         
                                        3.0

                                        the big toebox pretty ...

                                        By d F

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                        the big toebox pretty much eliminates NB for me. I lost my big toenail in the 1223's my first marathon because my foot slid too much in these shoes. If you have a thin foot, then Brooks are a good option. I've always liked the styling of NB shoes, but they dont fit my foot right. You really need a thick foot to fit these well. Still, they got me through my first marathon, so I can't dog them to much.

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Excellent, wonderful, ...

                                        By Jerzy

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                        Excellent, wonderful, very comfortable shoes...

                                         
                                        2.0

                                        I'm 5'8" 150#, run 5-6 ...

                                        By Secret Sauce

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about Mens New Balance Running Shoes | New Balance 1223 - Road Runner Sports:

                                        I'm 5'8" 150#, run 5-6 miles/day at a fast pace and do a few full marathons a year. These shoes were recommended for my running type. First observation was the heal show significant wear within the first few months but the worst issue is I develop a blister on the outside ball behind my right toe. When I run my finger inside the right shoe I feel a bulge so possibly a manufacturing defect. The cushioning could be better since I usually feel discomfort on my lower leg from impact. For a pricey pair of shoes I expected better. Looking at another brand for my next pair.

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                                        1.    JGG rated this product 5 stars
                                        Thu, December 24,2009:
                                        Best of the 12XX series-good support for the big guy, great fit and comfort and the transition and cushioning is on par with some of the better nike shoes I've loved in the past. Plastic asic poopies in the midfoot are kept at a mimimum as well. I hope RRS keeps ordering this model with no decrease in quality.
                                        2.    Dan rated this product 5 stars
                                        Wed, November 25,2009:
                                        5'10, 180lbs. 5k pace @ 7:30, 32yo. Prior to re-finding this shoe, I had to wear the Brooks Beast or the NB 12xx series. Both are very good shoes, but also very heavy. Both are "motion control plus" which was obvious by the total lack of shin splints I experienced. This shoe was re-released and is categorized as a "stability" shoe. I have given it the distance test, the speed test, the first day test. So far, about 30 miles on these shoes and not a hint of knee or shin splint pain. New Balance, please keep making this shoe--call it an Antique Series if you like. All I know is I can finally run in a shoe that is flexible AND light with no pain at all. Five stars, and mine came with a Made In USA tag so no China worries... Thanks to RRS (can't find these anywhere else) and NB!
                                        3.    Steven K rated this product 5 stars
                                        Tue, October 20,2009:
                                        I am most pleased despite the other reviews. No knee or foot pain. Previously bought many 998 and 997. China manufacture made me concerned, but no problem.
                                        4.    Anonymous rated this product 4 stars
                                        Sat, September 26,2009:
                                        I don't think you can say a shoe is bad except for the way it's made. Most reviews are poor for this shoe but I love mine. The toe box is wide and perfect for a wide foot. I am a woman and it is great for me since all of the womens wides are never really wide enough.
                                        5.    d F rated this product 3 stars
                                        Sat, December 20,2008:
                                        the big toebox pretty much eliminates NB for me. I lost my big toenail in the 1223's my first marathon because my foot slid too much in these shoes. If you have a thin foot, then Brooks are a good option. I've always liked the styling of NB shoes, but they dont fit my foot right. You really need a thick foot to fit these well. Still, they got me through my first marathon, so I can't dog them to much.
                                        6.    Haggis rated this product 2 stars
                                        Tue, November 18,2008:
                                        After NB "upgraded" the 991 to th 992, I had serious knee and shin issues. RRS and NB both recommended the 1223. Big mistake!! These absolutely KILL me. I have even worse issues with my knees, my IT band, and with my plantar fascia. And they make me run flat-footed. I'm eagerly awaiting the 993 to see if it's an improvement over the 992.
                                        7.    Jerzy rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sat, November 08,2008:
                                        Excellent, wonderful, very comfortable shoes...
                                        8.    chicago chief rated this product 5 stars
                                        Thu, October 16,2008:
                                        best shoe I've ever ran in. these 1224 stink. they're like plastic vs. the 1223's. well done NB, open your eyes.
                                        9.    Dan rated this product 4 stars
                                        Thu, October 02,2008:
                                        205 lbs, 40+ mi/wk. Used these for 250 miles. They helped knee pain and enjoyed the wide toe box. However, they seemed to wear and break down early. Satisfied but not evoerly pleased, will try another shoe next.
                                        10.    Chris rated this product 2 stars
                                        Fri, September 12,2008:
                                        It's a well-made shoe with a lot of cushioning si I'll give it 2 stars, but it just wasn't for me. The toebox is huge, it's very wide and gave me blisters in the 1st metatarsal and the inside of the heel as well as shin splints. Felt heavy and clunky too. I'll be exchanging them after only 75 miles.
                                        11.    Stan rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, September 05,2008:
                                        Excellent shoe! I started with this shoe November of 2007 in which I was 6'0 and was 215lbs. By May of 2008 I was a solid 188lbs. and was running 3-5 miles a day compared to trying to walk a mile in a half. Now I'm looking forward to the 1224's to hurry up in the mail.
                                        12.    Secret Sauce rated this product 2 stars
                                        Sat, August 23,2008:
                                        I'm 5'8" 150#, run 5-6 miles/day at a fast pace and do a few full marathons a year. These shoes were recommended for my running type. First observation was the heal show significant wear within the first few months but the worst issue is I develop a blister on the outside ball behind my right toe. When I run my finger inside the right shoe I feel a bulge so possibly a manufacturing defect. The cushioning could be better since I usually feel discomfort on my lower leg from impact. For a pricey pair of shoes I expected better. Looking at another brand for my next pair.
                                        13.    Greg rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sat, August 16,2008:
                                        This is a follow-up to my July review. Been training in this shoe for a year now and can find absolutely nothing negative about it. People tell me they look great and I know they perform superbly for someone my size (5'-10", 170 lb. race wt.) with slight over-pronation. Being an older runner, I've tried a bunch of shoes but always come back to New Balance. Have 3 pair of 1223's, with 2 pair in rotation as I train for the Virginia Beach marathon. With at least 150 miles on these shoes, the cushioning still feels great. Why NB is dropping this model is beyond me. It's predecessor will have to be a "crown jewel"!!
                                        14.    Whiskey23 rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, July 18,2008:
                                        I started with the 1221s and moved on to the 1222s. The 21s were awesome, the 22s never felt right, and the 23s are the best shoe I've ever run in. I bought another pair immediately after my first running session to alternate with. I hope they're replacing it with something as good, because these will be hard to beat... perfect balance of cushion and stability and low weight for a med mileage, 180lb 6' runner.
                                        15.    Greg rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sun, July 06,2008:
                                        Have no idea why NB would discontinue this shoe because it's awesome. For my build (5'-10" & 175-180 lbs) and training routine (15-20 miles/wk), I haven't found anything in the Brooks or Asics lines that works as well. Very light with great cushioning. Have two pair in rotation; planning to order a 3rd pair before they're gone.
                                        16.    gsalas rated this product 5 stars
                                        Tue, July 01,2008:
                                        Great shoes, first New Balance I have ever owned and has really impressed me. This is a great gym shoe and after years of wearing nikes I will stick with NB for life. Shoe has great cushioning and perfect stability for a guy my size 5'11" 205, but is surprising lighter than I expected.
                                        17.    Michael rated this product 5 stars
                                        Wed, June 18,2008:
                                        Just ran 6 miles out of the box. They felt great! I have a large frame (5'10', 220); so that helps too. I wanted to find a shoe with the cushioning stability of the Saucony Hurricane 9. I would highly
                                        18.    MarkD rated this product 5 stars
                                        Wed, May 28,2008:
                                        I'm a large runner (6'3" - 200 lb) and I love this shoe. Have over 150 miles on my 1st pair and I have stocked up on 3-more pair since. I pronate a bit with medium arches, and haven't had any issues with the shoe. Great shoe for 10K or longer distances. Would look at new 903 for speedwork or 5K's. NB way to go! Hope 1224 is a better update (if its possible)!
                                        19.    GregB rated this product 5 stars
                                        Thu, May 22,2008:
                                        I'm a medium built runner (5'-9", 180), med. arch, and over pronate with one foot more than the other. Just bought a 2nd pair to put into my running routine (15-20 mile/wk); thinking about purchasing a 3rd pair since NB is discontinuing this model. Don't understand why NB is taking this action since these shoes are fantastic! The toe box fit in D width is perfect & the mesh upper helps to keep the feet cool. Ran a 5 miler right out-of-the-box, on asphalt, and the cushioning felt excellent for my weight. Also tried some speed work; they felt slightly "bulky" but not bad. My plans are to use this shoe for training runs (asphalt & rubberized track), 10K's, and 1/2 marathons. Had been using NB 991's & 992's for years before settling on this model. Tried other brands like Asics Kayano 11 & 14 and they didn't match up with the NB 1223 for me. A solid 5 stars- can't find anything wrong with this shoe.
                                        20.    Scott from Spain rated this product 4 stars
                                        Thu, April 24,2008:
                                        This is my first serious pair of New Balance running shoes as I have been a Mizuno Wave Renegade guy for a while now. I got these and put about 25 miles on them before running the Costa del Luz Half Marathon here in Spain. Decent. Not great, but decent. The cushioning seems to fade just a bit at the end and I had to stop twice to readjust the laces as the upper stretched quite a bit and began feeling sloppy- I'm thinking I should have sized normal instead of half up. Once these are done, I'm going to give the 1062 a try and see if the cushioning holds up better. But, I'd still rate these a pretty decent 4 our of 5 stars.
                                        21.    One More Mile rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, April 11,2008:
                                        Just ran 10 miles out of the box. They felt great! I have a mild arch and I pronate more on one foot than the other. Also, I have a medium frame (5'11', 168); so that helps too. I wanted to find a shoe with the cushioning of the Nike Vomero and the stability of the Nike Zoom Elite 4. I would highly recommend it as a long distance shoe, but not for tempo/farklet training.
                                        22.    NC Weekend Warrior rated this product 3 stars
                                        Fri, April 11,2008:
                                        At 6'1, 210 lbs, multiple hamstring pulls since third run; comfortable, good-looking shoe for cardio machine and weight training, but sub-par stability and cushioning for 15+ miles/week road work. I've used numerous pairs of 1220s - great to sometimes excessive stability, but rarely ever injured. Hoped that 1223s could replace 1220s, but again using 1220s for road work.
                                        23.    Bob P rated this product 5 stars
                                        Mon, March 17,2008:
                                        I have worn these shows through numerous 10k, half-marathon, and marathons since back with the NB 1220. The shoe is a little on the heavy side, but I like the cushioning with a Spenco Cross Trainer insert. At 6'1" and 225, this is a good shoe for heavy runners. I had tried other but this is the best.
                                        24.    Jef rated this product 5 stars
                                        Mon, March 17,2008:
                                        I'm a big runner...6'3" 260lbs! I ran two marathons back to back in October in this shoe. I usually can break down a pair of shoes in a few months. I'm surprise how long this pair has held up.
                                        25.    Steve L rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, February 29,2008:
                                        I'm a big runner 6'3 230lbs and I love this shoe....I used to wear Asics Gel-Kayano but with recent models they have gone downhill and provide very little support for me. This shoe feels so comfortable and has nice snug support for the long haul without being too heavy. I tried a bunch of shoes on at the store before settling on these.
                                        26.    rglen10 rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sat, February 09,2008:
                                        I'm 215 pound runner upgrading from the 1221 to the 1223 and they are great. Overall cushion is better than the 1221 especially in the forefoot but its not too soft either. The fit is better and the shoe feels much lighter with the same stability. The toe box is slightly higher but after 10 miles that's a good thing and not a detractor at all.
                                        27.    Anonymous rated this product 5 stars
                                        Thu, February 07,2008:
                                        pure joy to run in. nothing else to say.
                                        28.    track rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, January 25,2008:
                                        Love this shoe! LOVE L-O-V-E-! Excellent cushioning, great stability and not heavy at all. Breaths great. Definitly a winner. New Balance is back making shoes made in the USA that not only compete with the competion shoes made in China, New Balance is making them BETTER and making them in USA!
                                        29.    Anonymous rated this product 5 stars
                                        Tue, January 08,2008:
                                        I've been running 30 years. This is a wonderful shoe.Good stability with good cushion. Perfect!
                                        30.    Harmohit rated this product 2 stars
                                        Sat, January 05,2008:
                                        They're comfortable for a big runner like me with a wide forefoot. I just find them too soft to run in. My ankle starts hurting in about a mile, because these are too squishy. it's almost like I have to put in too much effort into taking the next step... I'll stick with the brooks adrenaline gts 7 for now.
                                        31.    Calgary Runner rated this product 5 stars
                                        Sat, December 08,2007:
                                        Great shoe for my foot. Cushining seems just right... not to soft like a lot of other shoes recently. Love the fit and they give me gret support. 2nd pair coming soon! They make running a dream
                                        32.    Anonymous rated this product 1 star
                                        Tue, December 04,2007:
                                        trash shoe , fit is very bad. very deep toebox, big upper, stiff cushioning , forefoot cushion is very stiff. awkward heel to toe transition.. If you buy this shoes, you will regret.
                                        33.    Steve rated this product 1 star
                                        Mon, December 03,2007:
                                        Guys if you "toe off", roll off the front or whatever you call it don't buy this shoe, I'm 5'9", 210, after a 1/2 mile my achilles and shin just above the ankle begins to hurt and it only gets worse. The 1223 has a very flat ride and the cushioning is firm. To add insult to injury some designer decided to put hard plastic in the arch. Very dissapointed, I've been running in New Balance shoes for well over 10 yrs (usually 700 series) and wore multiple pairs of 761, 763, and 765 (awesome shoe!). Tried 767 and it had a hard ride, first time a 700 shoe didn't fit in memory. Sorry New Balance you lost my money and too the online "expert" who advised me to buy a Stability + shoe, when someone tells you they toe off don't recommend this shoe.
                                        34.    Anonymous rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, November 30,2007:
                                        smooth as silk, great cushioning, grea the best new balance shoe ever!!! excellent cushioning, great stability, and smooth as silk ride. 230lb slight overpronator.
                                        35.    Bill rated this product 2 stars
                                        Mon, November 19,2007:
                                        Usually run in the 990 series but wanted to try something lighter, they were good for about a month and then I had terrible knee pain and they wore quickly in the heel. Will go back to the 990 series.
                                        36.    Superrunner rated this product 3 stars
                                        Wed, November 07,2007:
                                        Toebox is very deep. not good fit... heel fit is narrow , good stability but not good much cushioning.. 1222 has more thin toebox???? 1223's toebox is too deep to me.. My toe swim in the shoes...
                                        37.    Anonymous rated this product 1 star
                                        Fri, November 02,2007:
                                        toes were very sore after running in this shoe.
                                        38.    CHITOWNRUNNER rated this product 4 stars
                                        Thu, November 01,2007:
                                        Very solid shoe feel very comfotably with good blend of cushion and Stability. Only complaint is to break in before long runs due to blister issue I had.
                                        39.    steve rated this product 4 stars
                                        Wed, October 31,2007:
                                        I love the shoe and fits real nice. Good quality, it just doesn't have the cushy feel like my progrid hurricane 9's do. But they feel so light that I will keep them for shorter faster runs.
                                        40.    les rated this product 4 stars
                                        Tue, October 30,2007:
                                        just started training with this shoe- seems a bit light in the uppers (like a slipper) leaves my body with less aches and pains than my last shoe. - not bad overall- able to run quieter - less "road noise" with this shoe.
                                        41.    les rated this product 4 stars
                                        Tue, October 30,2007:
                                        just started training with this shoe- seems a bit light in the uppers (like a slipper) leaves my body with less aches and pains than my last shoe. - not bad overall- able to run quieter - less "road noise" with this shoe.
                                        42.    Randy rated this product 2 stars
                                        Sun, October 28,2007:
                                        not very much cushion. after 20 mile run, it felt like i was running barefoot. several blisters on feet after running in this shoe.
                                        43.    jason rated this product 3 stars
                                        Mon, October 22,2007:
                                        previously ran in 1222's, and just switched to the 1223 thinking it would be an improved shoe, but it seems completely different with much less stability, especially in the forefoot, which seems to slide all over the place. i loved the 1222's and will go back to them.
                                        44.    bull dog rated this product 5 stars
                                        Fri, September 28,2007:
                                        great shoe!! great cushioning and stability and light to boot. new balance is really doing some great things these days.
                                        45.    Robert Reed rated this product 1 star
                                        Mon, September 10,2007:
                                        Overpriced and not much stability
                                        46.    Mike Robertson rated this product 1 star
                                        Mon, September 10,2007:
                                        Very Average
                                        47.    Gregory rated this product 5 stars
                                        Wed, September 05,2007:
                                        I've already put on about 70 miles on my 1223's and it looks like New Balance is back on track with a decent 1200 series shoe. I was getting to the point where I was wearing out the 1220's in less than 150 miles ever since they started making them in China. And I've heard such bad reviews on the 1221 and 1222 from friends, that I never even went there. The 1223's have the good old made in the USA sticker on them and the rubber seems to be more dense in the heels and toes. I'm barely showing any wear on them. They have however changed the widths. I used to be a 13 2E, which is too wide now and I have dropped back to a D width. I'm still debating going up to the size 14, because the 13 D is borderline of being too short. Anyway, I'm just happy to have found what looks to be a decent shoe again. I'm a heavy runner weighing in the 220 lbs range and wear out shoes pretty quick. I'm heavy into marathons right now. So I'm doing alot of long slow training.
                                        48.    Joe rated this product 5 stars
                                        Wed, August 08,2007:
                                        I just got a pair of the 1223's today to replace my 1222's which I've had for over a year. Let me tell you, they are great shoes. I never thought I would find a shoe that would be as comfortable as my 1222's but I was definitely wrong; These shoes are very light yet have the support a heavier shoe offers. Another thing to note is how well they breathe and keep your feet cool. I highly recommend these shoes to anybody looking for all-around good shoes.

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