Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Countdown to Boston: A Different New Balance for Boston

Note: With Boston only days away (12 to be precise), I'm going to be doing  a countdown to Boston series as I did last year. In the final days of the taper, it's hard to get my brain to focus on much other than the upcoming race, but with plenty of Boston-related topics, hopefully I can at least keep the blog interesting.

Last year New Balance offered some awesome limited edition kicks for marathon weekend that turned out to be my favorite expo purchase. This year, the Boston-based shoe company is offering another exclusive, but with a very different take on the Patriots' Day race.

The funny only-in-Massachussetts (and Maine) holiday has a close association with Paul Revere whose midnight ride (he was joined by the less-celebrated William Dawes) to Lexington on April 18, 1775 presaged the next day's Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Okay, the point of that historical digression? This year, New Balance has decided to kick it pre-revolutionary style with their shoes.

Instead of offering sneakers covered in lobsters and other Hub emblems, they're offering shoes perfect for a midnight ride. That's right, this year's limited edition 890s glow in the dark! They also feature a homage to Paul Revere on the back. I think they're pretty cool looking, but I don't feel the same need to splurge for a pair since I stocked up on the 890v2s when my local running store had them on clearance.

What's your take on this year's shoe?

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  1. yay, the blog is back!!!! Boo, those shoes are terrible!!!

    1. So you're saying I shouldn't pick up a pair for you in Boston?