New Balance 883, the shoe rocks, is the direct replacement for the discontinued 882, but these are prettier and ventilated! I have been wearing the 880 series a couple years, before that I could never walk or run without some kinds of problem arising. Since I started wearing those I have had no trouble and can walk for miles upon miles. As an update, they added a higher padding back of the shoe to the 882s – 883s and replaced the lacing of the 882s with new SURE LACE, as well as they added more padding at the ball and toes of the shoe.
If this is the first time having gotten the 883, you would be thrilled with the lightweight (9 oz), cushioning, support, excellent arch support and especially for its very roomy toe box. If you have the worst time finding a comfortable pair of shoes which you can wear them all day long for years of problem feet, I highly recommend NB WR883 anytime.
Wide toe box and a half size larger than labeled The toe box of the shoe is very wide, and if you had tried on your usual size, you would have found they felt too big. If your usual size were 8, you would order them in a size 7 1/2 for a perfect fit.
Enough space for Orthotics? Yes, the 883 is awesome as advertised and easily accommodates your custom orthotic. They are so comfortable and fit your orthotics really well. IF your feet are killing you, to put these on could immediately make your feet feel so much better!
What is Sure Lace? The SURE LACE is one of great innovations, which is a computer-knit lace and bumpy so they never loosen up like the round laces can. Thus laces stay securely tied while running and walking. As a tip, you can find and like the different lacing options New Balance has online.
How about its cushioning? If you were a runner wearing Nike’s you would notice that after wearing my Nike’s, these didn’t feel as cushioned.
- Break in period: No breaking in period.
- Model shoes made from: SL-2 Last (the Last for people with wide toes and narrow heels).
- Weight: 9.00 oz (Women’s); 12.00 oz (Men’s)
- Width: Felt true to width.
- Size: A half size larger than labeled.
- Made in the USA.
Do I need a custom insert? I recommend wearing a custom insert if you have very wide feet with a high arch and instep, you will find it fits nicely inside these shoes.
It makes your foot look smaller. They are not the best looking shoe, but they serve their purpose and this style does make your foot look smaller – a welcome compliment!
Are they noisy? The 883 is comfy, but it does squeak a little. Especially for that you wore these shoes on concrete floors and carpeted floors for 8 hours a day, five days a week. Other than the squeak, they were great shoes.
I have flat foot, can I wear it? If you have flipper feet, terribly flat feet, you have to have a lift put on one shoe against lots of shoes you have in your closet you can’t wear. These are wonderful! After having had the lift put on, you can break them in for a whole day tramping around Chicago without a pain!
You can buy these for your parents or friends who are having foot pain because the 883s are the best investment seeing they no longer have the pain and are back to walking even running.