Likes: New Balance’s design philosophy is based on the premise that a better fit produces better performance. The brand put that into practice by offering the 1187 in a wide variety of widths. The shoe debuted on April 1 and should satisfy New Balance devotees by combining foot-caressing comfort with outer-sole staying power—the latter backed by a 12-month outsole guarantee, the longest of any shoe we tested. Breathability is an asset, and the Ndurance rubber compound outsole allows the shoe to hold up on all surfaces. Cosmetically, the shoe takes a step forward with a sharper, more aggressive look than past New Balance high-performance entries.
Dislikes: Height and weight were the only real objections offered by wear testers. Some felt the shoe would benefit by being built slightly lower to the ground, while others said the shoe would be a bit more responsive if lighter.
Bottom Line: If comfort, widths and reliability are primary prerequisites in your purchase, this is a shoe for you. Overall, New Balance has responded to its customer base in creating a well-built product at a reasonable price.
Engineered for the serious tennis player, the 1187 features the S curve™ ultimate lateral support system, herringbone outsole and advanced impact-resistant cushioning technology to keep you comfortable and steady on your feet as you pivot, twist, leap and
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