As usual a great product New Balance is putting out, these New Balance 662 (Men’s: MR662; Women’s WR662) are a neutral shoe with perfect fit especially for a very novice runner who needs a well-cushioned light stability trainer at a very reasonable price for good value. However, if you are a marathoner or a serious runner, this model is not the best choice to you as to its entry level.
New Balance 662 has an extremely light weight and wonderful traction outsole which runs well for wet weather and very comfortable. Yet, the only bone you have to pick is that the insoles it comes with are basically a thin layer of flat foam and moderate support for arches. You know, as a serious runner, these are unacceptable and they might feel like the padding at the outside of the heel area felt oddly firm against your foot, though this was probably intentional (PL-1 Last) to keep people from rotating outward while running.
How about the size and width of 662? Men’s 662, men’s New Balance MR662, feels a little narrower and shorter than other your New Balance shoes if you have been worn New Balance shoe for decades, but still wide enough to be comfortable. As a matter of fact, the width of it at the heel and along the arch seemed fine, yet the toe area literally felt pinched where you could feel the tapering toward the toe. To resolve the problem, you could order a wider and larger one than your normal width and size, or wear them for awhile so that bit of break in has helped. However, if you are a woman and want the WR662 (Women’s New Balance 662), you will find that WR662 are in absence of such narrow and shorter problem and great fit.
Any advice for runners? As a serious runner, I would recommend this shoe to a friend, but advise that you should expect to buy insoles if you don’t already have some from your old shoes. Superfeet inserts can make you run for long distance up to 20 miles a week. Just give it a try!
Are the 662 good for walking whole day? It feels like you have got two fluffy pillows for shoes and, they are so comfortable to walk in as well as they keep your feet nice and feel good to wear all day, especially if you work a job that requires you do a lot of walking. If you used these for work at a restaurant or walked on concrete all day, they would feel great.
How about the breathable? The breathable is so well, almost to the point that you feel like you are wearing socks with sandals. The material of New Balance 662 is mesh so that you can feel the air on your feet and it does help keep them cool.
Are these good for orthotics? It’s difficult to find shoes that fit as well as these do. If you have custom made orthotics for arch supports that don’t always fit inside the shoe properly, they fit great in these shoes.
Model number: Men’s New Balance 662: New Balance MR662 Women’s New Balance 662: New Balance WR662
Weight: Men’s New Balance 662: 10.00 oz Women’s New Balance 662: 8.00 oz
Size: Men’s New Balance 662: Felt shorter than marked Women’s New Balance 662: Felt a half size larger than marked
Width: Men’s New Balance 662: Felt true to size Women’s New Balance 662: Felt true to width
Arch support: Men’s New Balance 662: Moderate arch support Women’s New Balance 662: Excellent arch support
Shoe Last: PL-1 Last. For orthotics: You have to replace insoles with orthotics. For pronation: A slight pronation is no problem here. Break in period: The 662 sneakers fit perfectly right out of the box, and arrive in mint condition within a couple of days.