So I am aware that 2014 is nearly over and many people are aware of the 4 runDisney 2014 New Balance Shoes. What you may not be aware of is that there are still quite a few available and there are still two more expos to be had this year before the release of the 2015 editions! (The Expos are the only place you can purchase these shoes)That is one Expo in November at Walt Disney World and one in Disneyland in November.
I was at the expo for Walt Disney Marathon weekend in January and did not go to the New Balance store because it was insanely busy and I had very little time. I lived to regret that decision and was not going to make that mistake again. This time around, I made sure to go through the proper channels (which included going outside the building to a tented area to register for entry into the store) and I was able to shop my little heart out. The way to register to get in and try on shoes was different this time than in January so make sure to ask staff members what the proper way is.
There was still a lot of availability, which surprised me, because you can find these shoes on ebay and other sites with increased prices. I always thought that meant they were no longer available. This only means that people take advantage of the people who can’t get to the runDisney events themselves to purchase the shoes in person. This is something to consider when you decide you have to have a pair, like I did.
It was quite a challenge, narrowing down the choice of which shoe to purchase. Here are the shoes I found and a little about their design.
The first is the men’s Sorcerer Mickey shoe. This shoe is dominantly red with blue along the bottom and yellow outer soles. The blue has stars and moons on it to represent that this Sorcerer Mickey and it makes this shoe much more fun and playful than just any old pair of colorful shoes. The trim is yellow, which is quite classic for Mickey, who is represented in full form on the heel of the shoe. The design style is 860v4 which is based around stability. This shoe helps to stabilize your stride from impact to toe off. ‘The stability comes from T-Beam engineering, while the ABZORB® Crash Pad and cushy ACTEVA® LITE midsole combine to provide supreme comfort. The 860v4 also features an Ndurance rubber outsole to stand up to wear and tear,’ per the New Balance website.
The women’s Minnie Mouse shoe is also the 860v4 model and is made for stability as stated above. This shoe is a lovely pink color with black and white polka dot outer soles. The bottom soles are pink as well and the lining is pink with darker pink Mickey heads. Minnie Mouse herself is represented on the heel of the shoe and a black and white polka dot bow clip is included with purchase to add a little extra flare, if you’re into that. I clearly am.
The men’s Goofy shoe is orange at the front of the shoe and fades into blue but the back of the shoe. The accents are yellow and the lining of the shoe is light green with green Mickey heads. Goofy is represented on the back heel. This design style is the 890v4 is about lightness and cushioning. It is intended to take time of your run while keeping you in comfort. ‘890v4 also features a blown rubber outsole and ABZORB® crash pad for even more cushioning, lessening the shock of every strike,’ according to the New Balance website.
The women’s Cinderella shoe is also of the 890v4 model. Cushioning is the main feature of this shoe as described above. It is a blue shoe that is lighter in the front and darker in the back with a fading effect. There are silvery looking stars that are very subtly placed in the blue fabric and the inner lining is yellow with pale orange shoes. The bottom sole is yellow and Cinderella is represented on the heel. These shoes come with a pair of blue sating laces which make them even more fairytale like.
I couldn’t narrow down my choices between the two women’s shoes…. so I bought both!!!!! It was worth every penny. They were each $125 which I don’t consider astronomical considering the extra touches they’ve added and the fabulous designs.
I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us! Have any of you purchased any of the shoes from the 2014 runDisney New Balance line? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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