New to 2 shoes - New Balance 990v3

April 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm | In Uncategorized |

For future treasure hunters on the blog, new to 2 shoes and looking for advice…

I just picked up a pair of New Balance 990v3 sneakers - basically a backless running shoe, with just enough lip around the heel to hold your foot in place.
I had been wearing my K-Swiss tennis sneakers, feeling the higher ankle support was beneficial. But the pressing around the site of the surgery and the swelling around the ankle was definitely impacting the area negatively. My PT suggested I take an old pair of sneakers and physically cut out the back of the heel where the contact was being made. Unfortunate timing of cleaning out my closet weeks before rupture made this impossible! They were about $100, but some previous versions were available around the web in limited sizes.

NB 990v3


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  1. Perfect! I saw an orthoticist last week to fit me for something to walk in while I’m still having hypersensitivity at the repair site…you think they would have had these on hand.

    After trying on dozens of shoes we came up with a pair of brooks with a short back, that although would be OK was still not ideal for my situation.

    They did give me a nice pair of inserts called: Powerstep protech though. Highly recommend those as I’ve been wearing them in a pair of Nike Free minimalist shoes that have been OK for PT but are not stable for long walks and actually aggravate my heel…even though they don’t hug the heel they RUB on it instead..not good. Mostly I still wear a pair of walking sandals with socks.

    I’ll put those nice inserts in the new NB 990v3 women’s sneakers I just ordered on Amazon for less than 80 bucks…thanks so much! I don’t like to buy shoes without trying them on so I’ll have to let you guys know how they are. If they are not good I’ll just return them.

    (New Balance Women’s W990 Slide Shoe on Amazon for 77.98 in three colors.)

    Comment by donna — April 30, 2015 #

  2. I have been wearing my nike running shoes with the laces as loose as I can get them, but they’re still tight. The back does cause some aches near my heel.

    Comment by eyceman — April 30, 2015 #

  3. Well eyceman maybe you need a pair with no back too!

    I am confident the sensitivity I have will go away and some day I will be able to wear a wide variety of shoes. I have always been practical about shoes and have “good” shoes for “healthy” feet for the most part. As a teacher I was always up on my feet so really had no choice but to be aware of good foot health. However, right now at 6 months with sensitivity issues I am not ready and none of my old shoes work for me. Shoe issues seem to run the gambit here from no problems to those like me that only feel comfortable in sandals or clogs.

    Comment by donna — April 30, 2015 #

  4. Thanks for the advice. I ordered a pair from Zappos yesterday and they already arrived. I think they will work out great as I needed a pair of backless sneakers, as I am progressing to two shoes as we speak.

    Comment by LindaF — May 6, 2015 #

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