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Shoe advice: switching from Saucony to NB

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I've been running in Sauconys for 4 years, starting with the Trigon 1 and up through the Trigon 5 for trainers, FastTwitch 2 for racing flats. (Though recently I switched to Asics Magic Racer for flats.)<br><br>
Well, I recently had some orthotics made, to correct my rather inefficient splay-footed running style. Hoping my race times will drop!<br><br>
Problem: the orthotics take up more volume (as well as weight) than the standard liners. The Trigon 5s puts painful pressure on my forefoot at the bottom of the laces. So, my pedorthist recommended switching to shoes with a deeper toe box, such as New Balance.<br><br>
Question: what's a good NB neutral lightweight trainer? I see that the 882 specifically has "a generous toe box", but it's not the lightest of the current offering on the NB website. That would be, I guess, the 893, which is a new shoe, available 1/15. So, I guess nobody can give me feedback on that shoe. But does it replace a lightweight trainer? NB doesn't specifically describe any of their shoes as a lightweight trainer...<br><br>
On the racing side, I haven't tried the Magic Racers with the orthotics yet, but if I were to switch to NB there too, it looks like the 1001 is the basic neutral flat? The 152 is too lightweight for marathons, I take it? (Although I wonder about that, with the extra cushioning and support the orthotics provide...) The Magic Racers are not as light as I would like, so I might be looking to make a switch here anyway. I've got an extra 2 oz./shoe penalty now because of the orthotic. My pedorthist assures me that the improved biomechanics will much more than make up for this... well, we shall see!<br><br>
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Can you replace or cut the liner? My orthotics aren't full length, so I cut the heel portion of the liner out so they both meet near the middle of the shoe.<br><br>
Having said that, you could take a look at the NB 873. It's a trail shoe, but it has a VERY deep forefoot area, even for new balance.<br><br>
The other thing that you may want to consider is some lacing techniques. If you keep the toe area looser, then you may be able to salvage those shoes you already have...<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br>
Good luck.<br><br>
They are definitely a lightweight shoe in general....and even more so if you hold them up against most trail shoes. You'd definitely want to try them out first, but it does have an exceptionally "deep toe box"<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br>
Oh, for what it's worth, I also love the NB 755 and 902 also. They are both great lightweight shoes. I use an orthodic in both of these as well without problems (but not full length).<br><br>
The weight being lighter than many/most trainers isn't a surprise to me. They are quite light for what they are! They are mostly mesh on the uppers. They are designed to drain water well, which they do well. As for the toe is deeper because of of the toe bumper used. It creates a canopy much higher than the normal contoured toe area. It seems to keep this height through the laces.<br><br>
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