Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe

Women's New Balance W 1221 SB

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Give Your Feet the Stability They Deserve.

The New Balance 1221 is a high-mileage trainer offering the ultimate in support and cushioning.

Best for runners with a medium to large build and low to medium arches.

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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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Specifications:

  • 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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5.0

the best sneakers I ever had.

By mashi

from aventura, fl

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

the most cumfortable sneakers I ever had.going on my fifth pair

 
2.0

Very uncomfortable shoe ...

By Christy

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

Very uncomfortable shoe for me. Not much cushioning and only ran in them once, with knee pain. The only plus was the nice looking design.

 
5.0

I'm a "small build" ...

By Maria

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

I'm a "small build" runner with a very narrow heel and a nearly flat arch, and these were they only shoes that fit perfectly. Used them to train for and run the NYC marathon in '05, and I never had problem. They were extremely comfortable and felt like I didn't have anything on. I'm buying another pair while they are still in stock.

 
4.0

I've owned 3 pairs of ...

By Marsha

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

I've owned 3 pairs of these and ran numerous races in them including 2 marathons. While the cushioning and stability are great, the toe box was not quite large enough to comfortably accomodate my toes, even with a D width & 1 size up, and I ended up with blisters. Though for shorter races and for training, they're sufficient.

 
5.0

The best! This shoe has ...

By Jill

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

The best! This shoe has lasted longer than the previous 1221's. I am small build with good arches and narrow foot so this shoe in narrow is great.

 
2.0

Why isn't this shoe ...

By JGG

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

Why isn't this shoe discounted? The 1222 is due out in June 06 and supposedly has more cushioning, including a full forefoot of asborb, acteva midsole, no rollbar but the very stable TS2 extended web. The 1221 is too hard on my knees.

 
5.0

Oops. Forgot to rate them ...

By Joe

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

Oops. Forgot to rate them

 
3.0

My trusty friend the 1220 ...

By MIke

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

My trusty friend the 1220 was out-of-stock last time I ordered, so I was given the choice to try the 1221 or continue wearing my 1220s that had too many miles on them. I ended up buying the 1221s. They are definitely not a relative of the 1220. As a heavier runner, the 1221s do not absorb the shock I throw down with each stride. These shoes have done fine for me on long slow runs, but any type of increased pace and it immeadiately becomes painful in the shines and knees. The only plus for the 1221s compared to the 1220s is that the 1221s really do last a lot longer. I have very little wear on the 1221s after 6 months of owning them. My 1220s usually broke down much quicker. Needless to say - I am ordering a large number of 1220s this time to prevent having to buy the 1221 again.

 
5.0

I am a 6'0 185lb runner ...

By John

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

I am a 6'0 185lb runner with a previous stress fracture on my lower inside leg and reccuring problems. The 1221 I am able to run with much less pain than any other shoe I have tried. Good pronation control and padding. Also no blisters.

 
4.0

Purchased my first pair ...

By victoria

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

Purchased my first pair of 1221's in spring of 2004 for the Washington, D.C. marathon and love them! Fit my 11N feet perfectly and am happily buying another pair.

 
2.0

I was running 25+ miles a ...

By Paul

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

I was running 25+ miles a week on the 1220. I bought the 1221 and within a few weeks I stress fractured my fibula and had to stop running for 5 months. Concidence? The 1221 is way too hard. I much prefer the older 1220's.

 
5.0

Great running shoes! ...

By James

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

Great running shoes! Plenty of stability and cushioning and very breathable.

 
5.0

Excellent for ...

By Jean

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

Excellent for running...I'm on my fourth pair!!

 
5.0

I went through at least 6 ...

By Karl

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

I went through at least 6 pairs of the 1220, a clunky shoe that did the job. The 1221 is much closer to the original 1200's, with a lighter feel and a sweeter ride than the 1220. I have noted a few more aches and pains from the 1221 but that seems to have been just a matter of getting used to it. Overall I rate it an improvement over the 1220.

 
2.0

When they said these were ...

By Kathy E

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

When they said these were new and improved over the 1220, jumped on the bandwagon. They are no 1220! I can't believe it's even related to the 1220. They are hard and the cushion I love in the 1220 is gone. I'm back to the 1220 and I agree with many other people. The 1220 is by far the most comfortable running shoe made. Don't let them stop making them! I'm buying a few more pair for reserve and sending back the Asic Kayanos I just bought.

 
5.0

I never ran in the 1220 ...

By T-Dawgg

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

I never ran in the 1220 so I cannot compare it to that. All I can say is, after years and years of trying every stability/motion control shoe around (that comes in wide sizes), this one is the best BY FAR. My knee pain is absolutely gone, there is no blistering whatsoever, no shin pains. The ride is smooth and cushioned and pain-free during and after the run. This is a better running shoe by far that the NB 765 and 766 and to its equivalents in the Asics and Mizuno lines (which I tried and which either gave me blisters or did not solve the knee aches). I may buy 3 pairs of these just in case the next version of them arent as good!

 
5.0

Best shoes I've run in ...

By n contreras

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

Best shoes I've run in since my old Saucony "JAZZ". Highly recommend for heavier runners!!

 
5.0

These are the most ...

By Kelly

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

These are the most comfortable running shoes I own. I had a 2 year bout with Plantar faciitis and cannot wear anything else or it flares up again. These are highly recommended.

 
5.0

I have looked high and ...

By Rugbygrrl

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

I have looked high and low for a shoe like this - for the first time I have absolutely NO aching hips, knees, etc. after running on pavement. Heck, I'm getting another pair just to walk around in because I can't keep my feet out of these shoes! Additionally, I usually have to buy the men's version of any running shoe just to keep them intact for more than 3 months - and by that time my joints are so surly I can barely stand it. This is the first pair of women's shoes I've been able to wear in years. Heel slippage was initially a slight problem but quickly fixed with a lacing adjustment. I LOVE THESE SHOES.

 
5.0

I LOVE the 121's. I have ...

By krisdorf

from Undisclosed

Comments about Womens New Balance 1221 Running Shoe:

I LOVE the 121's. I have virtually no arch and pronate very badly and these shoes help to keep me stable!! Thanks goodness I finally found a shoe that can take the torture I tend to dish out. I am very hard on my shoes and need something extremely durable.

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1.    Christy rated this product 2 stars
Sat, November 08,2008:
Very uncomfortable shoe for me. Not much cushioning and only ran in them once, with knee pain. The only plus was the nice looking design.
2.    Marsha rated this product 4 stars
Sun, February 18,2007:
I've owned 3 pairs of these and ran numerous races in them including 2 marathons. While the cushioning and stability are great, the toe box was not quite large enough to comfortably accomodate my toes, even with a D width & 1 size up, and I ended up with blisters. Though for shorter races and for training, they're sufficient.
3.    Maria rated this product 5 stars
Fri, January 26,2007:
I'm a "small build" runner with a very narrow heel and a nearly flat arch, and these were they only shoes that fit perfectly. Used them to train for and run the NYC marathon in '05, and I never had problem. They were extremely comfortable and felt like I didn't have anything on. I'm buying another pair while they are still in stock.
4.    Paul rated this product 2 stars
Thu, July 06,2006:
I was running 25+ miles a week on the 1220. I bought the 1221 and within a few weeks I stress fractured my fibula and had to stop running for 5 months. Concidence? The 1221 is way too hard. I much prefer the older 1220's.
5.    JGG rated this product 2 stars
Sat, May 20,2006:
Why isn't this shoe discounted? The 1222 is due out in June 06 and supposedly has more cushioning, including a full forefoot of asborb, acteva midsole, no rollbar but the very stable TS2 extended web. The 1221 is too hard on my knees.
6.    Mike rated this product 3 stars
Wed, March 15,2006:
My trusty friend the 1220 was out-of-stock last time I ordered, so I was given the choice to try the 1221 or continue wearing my 1220s that had too many miles on them. I ended up buying the 1221s. They are definitely not a relative of the 1220. As a heavier runner, the 1221s do not absorb the shock I throw down with each stride. These shoes have done fine for me on long slow runs, but any type of increased pace and it immeadiately becomes painful in the shines and knees. The only plus for the 1221s compared to the 1220s is that the 1221s really do last a lot longer. I have very little wear on the 1221s after 6 months of owning them. My 1220s usually broke down much quicker. Needless to say - I am ordering a large number of 1220s this time to prevent having to buy the 1221 again.
7.    MIke rated this product 3 stars
Wed, March 15,2006:
My trusty friend the 1220 was out-of-stock last time I ordered, so I was given the choice to try the 1221 or continue wearing my 1220s that had too many miles on them. I ended up buying the 1221s. They are definitely not a relative of the 1220. As a heavier runner, the 1221s do not absorb the shock I throw down with each stride. These shoes have done fine for me on long slow runs, but any type of increased pace and it immeadiately becomes painful in the shines and knees. The only plus for the 1221s compared to the 1220s is that the 1221s really do last a lot longer. I have very little wear on the 1221s after 6 months of owning them. My 1220s usually broke down much quicker. Needless to say - I am ordering a large number of 1220s this time to prevent having to buy the 1221 again.
8.    Joe rated this product 5 stars
Tue, March 14,2006:
Oops. Forgot to rate them
9.    John rated this product 5 stars
Thu, March 02,2006:
I am a 6'0 185lb runner with a previous stress fracture on my lower inside leg and reccuring problems. The 1221 I am able to run with much less pain than any other shoe I have tried. Good pronation control and padding. Also no blisters.
10.    victoria rated this product 4 stars
Wed, March 01,2006:
Purchased my first pair of 1221's in spring of 2004 for the Washington, D.C. marathon and love them! Fit my 11N feet perfectly and am happily buying another pair.
11.    Jill rated this product 5 stars
Wed, February 22,2006:
The best! This shoe has lasted longer than the previous 1221's. I am small build with good arches and narrow foot so this shoe in narrow is great.
12.    n contreras rated this product 5 stars
Sat, December 03,2005:
Best shoes I've run in since my old Saucony "JAZZ". Highly recommend for heavier runners!!
13.    Karl rated this product 5 stars
Tue, November 29,2005:
I went through at least 6 pairs of the 1220, a clunky shoe that did the job. The 1221 is much closer to the original 1200's, with a lighter feel and a sweeter ride than the 1220. I have noted a few more aches and pains from the 1221 but that seems to have been just a matter of getting used to it. Overall I rate it an improvement over the 1220.
14.    Jean rated this product 5 stars
Thu, November 10,2005:
Excellent for running...I'm on my fourth pair!!
15.    Kathy E rated this product 2 stars
Mon, September 12,2005:
When they said these were new and improved over the 1220, jumped on the bandwagon. They are no 1220! I can't believe it's even related to the 1220. They are hard and the cushion I love in the 1220 is gone. I'm back to the 1220 and I agree with many other people. The 1220 is by far the most comfortable running shoe made. Don't let them stop making them! I'm buying a few more pair for reserve and sending back the Asic Kayanos I just bought.
16.    Kelly rated this product 5 stars
Sat, September 10,2005:
These are the most comfortable running shoes I own. I had a 2 year bout with Plantar faciitis and cannot wear anything else or it flares up again. These are highly recommended.
17.    James rated this product 5 stars
Wed, September 07,2005:
Great running shoes! Plenty of stability and cushioning and very breathable.
18.    T-Dawgg rated this product 5 stars
Mon, July 25,2005:
I never ran in the 1220 so I cannot compare it to that. All I can say is, after years and years of trying every stability/motion control shoe around (that comes in wide sizes), this one is the best BY FAR. My knee pain is absolutely gone, there is no blistering whatsoever, no shin pains. The ride is smooth and cushioned and pain-free during and after the run. This is a better running shoe by far that the NB 765 and 766 and to its equivalents in the Asics and Mizuno lines (which I tried and which either gave me blisters or did not solve the knee aches). I may buy 3 pairs of these just in case the next version of them arent as good!
19.    KathyE. rated this product 4 stars
Wed, June 22,2005:
I am on my fourth pair of the series. I love them. I wear the mens because of the 4E availability, they are perfect. I went to another brand last year, they (Brooks adrenaline) were okay but not as comfortable. I do change my running shoes every third or fourth month because I put alot of miles and weather on them.
20.    Rugbygrrl rated this product 5 stars
Sun, June 12,2005:
I have looked high and low for a shoe like this - for the first time I have absolutely NO aching hips, knees, etc. after running on pavement. Heck, I'm getting another pair just to walk around in because I can't keep my feet out of these shoes! Additionally, I usually have to buy the men's version of any running shoe just to keep them intact for more than 3 months - and by that time my joints are so surly I can barely stand it. This is the first pair of women's shoes I've been able to wear in years. Heel slippage was initially a slight problem but quickly fixed with a lacing adjustment. I LOVE THESE SHOES.
21.    jayut rated this product 2 stars
Sun, June 05,2005:
runs whole size small-not good
22.    Gingie rated this product 5 stars
Sat, April 16,2005:
I love this shoe I just purchased it again for the 3rd time. I recently had switched to another brand due to cost and well....learned a lesson...This shoe is well worth the money and my feet are very happy that I made the choice to go back! I run on average about 30 miles a week and my long runs are 8 miles or more. These shoes are so comfortable on my feet.
23.    Jenni rated this product 5 stars
Thu, April 14,2005:
I love my 1221. I was a little sceptical at making the purchase. But I am so glad I did! The wide toe box is so comfortable. The rollbar is perfect. I will probably buy another pair if these ever wear out. They are comfortable no matter how long you run!
24.    Saul rated this product 4 stars
Wed, April 13,2005:
I currently alternate between the 1221's and Adrenaline GTS 5's. I'm 6'2, weight 200 lbs and wear a 13B on both of the shoe models I run in. I find the 1221 to have better rear and forefoot cushioning than the Adrenaline..also better stability because of the solid insert. The Adrenaline's fit like a glove. I slip them on and there is no heel slippage, but they lack cushioning--especially on long runs, and they tend to break-down much faster. If New Balance could update the 1221 to fit like the Adrenaline, I would have the perfect shoe. New Balance I hope you make some changes to the upper and how it fits.
25.    Aaron rated this product 5 stars
Mon, April 11,2005:
When using the 1220 I had to replace them every 3 months (like clock work). The new 1221 I.m now into my 10 month. They really feel good. No pain (yet) 9 months and counting.
26.    Rienna rated this product 1 star
Mon, March 28,2005:
These were the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever worn. They cause the most unbearable pain in my arches, and after only three long runs in these shoes I got 2 stress fractures in my feet and one in my ankle. It was definitely not the shoe for me.
27.    Nathan Rachman rated this product 1 star
Fri, March 25,2005:
I have owned many New Balance Running Shoes: 851, 854, 1220 and 1221. I bought the 1221 thinking I was upgrading from my 1220's. Well, this shoe is no 1220! In fact, this is the lowest quality, poorest fitting, least supporting New Balance shoe I have ever owned. If you weigh more than 200 lbs. and tend to pronate buy the 1220. However, if you decide to purchase the 1221 you must do ONE thing when they arrive: keep the return label and box nearby.
28.    krisdorf rated this product 5 stars
Mon, March 21,2005:
I LOVE the 121's. I have virtually no arch and pronate very badly and these shoes help to keep me stable!! Thanks goodness I finally found a shoe that can take the torture I tend to dish out. I am very hard on my shoes and need something extremely durable.
29.    Jim rated this product 5 stars
Mon, March 21,2005:
These are a great update of one of the all time greatest shoes ever. The 1221 has everything the 1220 did but with more durability and a slightly wider toe for comfort. Great Shoe!
30.    christie clark rated this product 5 stars
Sat, March 19,2005:
what can i say?! it was love at first run
31.    Mark rated this product 1 star
Sat, March 12,2005:
Forgot to give a rating! no cushioning in this shoe, also I think I ruined my knees forever trying to get it to work even with different insoles what a waste of money!
32.    Mike K. (Chicago) rated this product 2 stars
Fri, March 04,2005:
Prior to purchasing this shoe I had gone through two pairs of the NB 1220, which I loved. I bought the 1221 thinking it was an update of the 1220. I was wrong. The shoe fit poorly, most noticeably in that it slipped off my heel. It has kind of a "boxy" shape to it and felt more like a cross-trainer than a streamlined running shoe. I'm 6'2" and about 175 and the cushioning was good. Overall though, I can't give it a good review.
33.    Greg Mahoney rated this product 5 stars
Mon, January 24,2005:
I'm about 165 lbs. and used to buy shoes for the small to medium frame runner. Type of shoe didn't work well for me because I usually train at a fast pace. These are really sturdy and comfortable. They work well for me.
34.    J.D. rated this product 5 stars
Sat, January 01,2005:
Having run previously in the 1220s, I find the 1221s to have less cushion but more stability than the 1220. It is a comfortable shoe for my 220# weight. They do feel a bit bulky underfoot, especially compared to my pair of Kayano X, but my legs, knees, etc. don't get sore at all like they do when I wear other shoes. My 1220s lasted for 400 miles and two marathons before my legs began to tell me that the support was gone. I hope to get as much mileage out of these as well.
35.    Jim rated this product 4 stars
Mon, December 27,2004:
This is a great shoe. As I have gotten older my feet have gotten wider. I ran in the 1220's for years and these are a great upgrade. I buy these in the E width now though. Best shoe I have ever ran in. Improvements are in the durability and cushioning (especially in the forefoot). Same great heel fit and control.
36.    Adam rated this product 4 stars
Mon, November 29,2004:
I also recently purchased a pair of Brooks Trance NXR. Having worn a bunch of different NB shoes, these are the best ones I have tried by far (856, 735, 1023, although I did not own a pair of 1220s). They seem to be better than any stability shoes out there, the Brooks trance NXR, nike kantara, adidas Cairo, Saucony Hurricane6, etc. The only one I haven't tried yet is the Asics Gel KayanoX (next on the list). At first it didn't feel great, and I considered returning the shoes, but after a brief break-in period, maybe 25-50 miles, I like them very much. I think it has nice firm cushioning and great stability, and although some people are complaining about the toe box, I think it has good room, much more room than the Brooks Tance NXR I also just bought. It is on the high end of stability shoes, just before motion control. bottom line, would buy again.
37.    Charlie rated this product 5 stars
Sat, November 27,2004:
I just purchased my second pair of the 1221. I love these shoes. They are very comfortable and I highly recommend them.
38.    Tracy rated this product 5 stars
Tue, November 23,2004:
Best shoe I have ever worn. First time w/o blisters thanks to the 2A.
39.    Julianna rated this product 1 star
Mon, November 08,2004:
I have flexible flat feet and have gone through every stability and motion-control Saucony has put out and they will at one time or another made my feet hurt especially after long runs. I switched to 1221 at someones suggestion and have loved the light weight, breathability, and the best ride these shoes offer. I have taken my three pairs right out of the box and have placed 20 to 22 on the first run on these shoes and my feet have felt wonderful. The only minor drawback is that it does rub a little on these long runs on the little toe. Otherwise, I have place upwards of 300 to 400 miles per pair.
40.    Rob Waisome rated this product 4 stars
Mon, November 08,2004:
Hey, Listen Up! Obviously the 1221 is the best heavy runner shoe on the market. I'm 6'7, 245lbs and I'm running on clouds with these shoes. New balance made a more wider and stiffer impacting sole compared to the 1220, now all the light weight runners are crying. I would give the shoe a five star if it wasn't for its price because it doesn't wear any longer than a sub $100 shoe. Mine are already worn but I'm holding on to them for budget reasons.
41.    Vicki rated this product 1 star
Sun, November 07,2004:
My husband and I have been running in the NB 1220 and its previous models (1210, 1200, etc.) for many years and have LOVED them! However, the 1221 has been a HUGE disappointment for both of us. For me the toebox seams irritated my toes so much that I lost 5 toenails on my first longer run. I have since switched back to the 1220s and will run in those as long as they are available for purchase. The soles of my husband's shoes have have split along the grooves under the forefoot after only 6 weeks of wear. Expensive shoe-not at all worth the money.
42.    Ken from NB Fox Valley rated this product 5 stars
Fri, October 15,2004:
I ran in this shoe to test run it, and i loved it even though it isnt for my foot type (im a 1023 guy). It fits incredibley well in the midfoot and heel. ONLY RECOMMENDED FOR FLEXIBLE LOW TO FLAT FEET. Not everyone can run in this shoe but for the people who can, lets just say "LUCKY"!!!!
43.    Bob rated this product 1 star
Wed, October 13,2004:
This is an expensive shoe that should deliver a lot more than it does. I won't buy a second pair.
44.    Chet rated this product 1 star
Sun, October 10,2004:
I'm really disappointed. After running for four years on the 1220, which was fabulous, it was discontinued. Since the 1221 seemed to be the replacement shoe, I tried it and was shocked at how bad it was! I could feel the jolts through every joint, even my teeth hurt... In addition, the toe box is narrower and the shoe is about 1/4" shorter. Now I'm out a lot of $$$ and have to start a shoe search over from scratch. Bummer!
45.    Gail rated this product 4 stars
Sun, September 19,2004:
I loved the feel of these shoes, which fit my feet just like gloves. My feet tend to move around too much in other shoes because I have a bit narrowish mid-feet and heels. I love doing 5K's in these NB 1221 shoes because they give me a feeling of being in control. That being said, I sure won't recommend doing a long run in these shoes. The toe boxes are bit too smug for it, and I even bled from my little toe area once on one of my long runs (poor seaming). The price itself isn't pleasant, and I'm not sure I would buy another pair of it again at that price unless I can't find another pair that fits as comfortably and one that doesn't feel like clunky boats for my moderate over pronatating feet.
46.    Elise rated this product 3 stars
Mon, September 13,2004:
These shoes seemed OK for shorter runs, but doing long runs or speedwork gave me problems in the toebox. As others said, it is not roomy enough and the seams irritated my toes. For light mileage, probably an OK shoe, but too pricey for that.
47.    Goldenboypaul rated this product 5 stars
Mon, August 16,2004:
6'2" 225 pounds. I wore the NB 991, a very good long lasting shoe. Switched to the Adidas universal, a nice cushy shoe that does not last to long. Now wearing the 1221. I love it. I wore a 14D 1220 and did not like it.I am now wearing a 15B and think the fit is great.I am not saying its a great shoe because it fits great. Everyones foot is diff and it works for me. I think it has nice firm cushioning and great stability. Probably as stable as would want to go. Verging on motion control when combined with my orthotics.Thats okay though, I am a big guy. I like to try new brands once in a while but always seem to come back to NB.
48.    scottz13 rated this product 4 stars
Fri, August 06,2004:
Liked the 1220's a lot. Didn't like the 1221's at first, but got used to them. I have just bought a second pair.
49.    cy rated this product 5 stars
Sun, July 18,2004:
Great Shoe
50.    Tom rated this product 5 stars
Sat, July 17,2004:
Excellent shoes for the larger runner. At 6'0 and 210 I was looking for shoes with some stability but also a lot of cushioning. These 1221s delivered! The midsole is very well cushioned and they still give me the small amount of stability and durability I want. Just an excellent shoe.
51.    YR rated this product 1 star
Sat, June 12,2004:
I find the 1221 to be too tight at the forefoot and too stiff at the sole. The new sole reminds me of the way the other brands make theirs. I got knee and hip pain after running with the 1221. The 1210 used to fit my feet like gloves. I could run 10 miles and not get joint pain. The 1220 was a little tighter in the forefoot and stiffer at the back but it was still sufficiently soft. The 1221 is a totally different shoe. I'm disappointed.
52.    Saul Villarreal rated this product 2 stars
Fri, May 28,2004:
I ran about 80 miles in this shoe and felt OK with it. I liked the fact that NB made the 1221 in a B width. However, I ended-up going back to Brooks because of the intrusive feeling the insert gives me--the stability is too noticeable. I also felt like the seams in the inside were a little rough. I actually had to cut a section to avoid getting a blister on my pinky. I give it 2 stars.
53.    psmith rated this product 5 stars
Mon, May 24,2004:
Great cushion and support -- I love this shoe!!
54.    Tom rated this product 4 stars
Wed, April 14,2004:
The shoe feels slightly narrower but retains its cushion and stability even with the reduced weight. As an XXL runner, 6'2", 220 lbs. I find the 1221 and old 1220 an exceptional choice. I get an additional 100 miles or so out of the 1221/1220 vs. the Asic shoes I've tried. I've run in 1220s for 3 years, one pair of Asics (big mistake) and will run in 1221s for the forseeable future.
55.    Jerry rated this product 3 stars
Fri, March 05,2004:
I have been running for 3 years in the 1220 ... a great shoe, but the sole wore out too fast for the price. 1220 had great cushioning and I never ... never had a foot or leg problem. I tried the Kayano last year and it was a frim ride, with good support, but was usually aware of the shoe, something I did not think about when running in the 1220. My 1221s feel and act a lot like the Kayano. They are firm and narrow. I went from D to EE width moving from the 1220 to the 1221. Nevermind what Runners World said, the toe box is narrower. You can see this when you match it sole to sole with the 1220. When running in the 1221, I do not feel as stable as in the 1220. They are light and seem cool and fast, but firm and are really a Kayano with the NB graphics. They are a very good shoe, but very different in ride and fit than the 1220.
56.    Ken rated this product 3 stars
Wed, February 11,2004:
I agree with Stanley. The great cushioning in the 1220 seems to have disappeared. They don't seem nearly as sturdy and stable. I do like the fit and airy feel with the mesh upper.
57.    Jim rated this product 5 stars
Tue, January 27,2004:
These shoes are really much more cushioned than the old 1220's. Much more comfortable and more stable. A huge improvement! I should note I was running in the 1220's for 3 years prior to these.
58.    Stanley Fabregas rated this product 2 stars
Thu, January 22,2004:
NB takes a step back with this one. The lost the cushioning in the front of the shoe. BRING BACK THE 1220!!

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