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OMG!!! New Balance Classic (at least to me) W801 All Terrian

Well, this is a blast from the past… and it will set you back $75.00

I think my Mom will be very happy to know that these are available again (either this is a re-release or just left overs from back in the day, I am not sure). I remember when I bought my sister, my mom and me these sneakers. I wanted a sneaker that we all could wear and considering that NIKE, ADIDAS AND REEBOK continue to not make sneakers for people with different feet (narrow, normal, widths) and these seemed to fit the bill.

The funny thing is that the NB 801 is that I didn’t like it too much. It was just too hard on the ground. I felt like I was walking on a rock lol, but my sister and Mom loved them (especially my Mom). Don’t get me wrong, the sneaker was nice, but it was a real all terrain sneaker. I never ran cross country in them but I am VERY sure that they would have protected my feet against the rocks, tree roots, hard frozen ground, and so forth that basically is Cross Country running. They were not for casual walking around in for me and my feet.

Nevertheless, I think Mom will be very happy to get these. I just hope they do the trick when it comes to her feet and knees. I really want Mom to get a cushion sneaker instead but maybe this will do the trick until we can find something weather proof for walking in.

Here are some details from the site about the sneaker:

Detail of the New Balance 801

No leather materials used in construction.
The original “All Terrain” running model built with ABZORB® cushioning heel and forefoot and an aggressively lugged outsole.
Designed for under-pronators to neutral runners.
ABZORB® heel and forefoot provides maximum shock absorption.
C-Cap® midsole- lightweight compression molded EVA provides cushioning and flexibility.
Aggressive solid rubber outsole provides long-wearing durability and traction.
Water resistant Synthetic/Mesh upper keeps feet dry in inclement weather conditions.
Strobel Lasted SL-1.
Shoe weighs 10.6 oz.
Not sure what some of the above words mean, or want to see how this product was measured? Look it up in our online glossary! (they have an online glossary!! GREAT!!!)

If you want these sneaker, then head over to for them. They cost $75.00 which isn’t too bad. Zappos has some more New Balance classics if you are interested.