The New Balance 890 v2 provides innovative style in a lightweight package. This neutral shoe takes a "less is more" approach with its simple midsole platform and soft seamless upper, for a quick and nimble feel on the road. Works great for uptempo days and as a lightweight trainer. (source)Just in case you were keeping score (yeah - I don't expect you to know what shoes I run in), this is my third style of NB shoes (I reviewed the other two styles, the 759/880 and the 1880, here) and definitely the lightest weight shoe I have ever run in.
For me, it is definitely not an "every day trainer." I generally need a shoe with a little more cushion for the long runs - which I think is why the first time I ran more than 4 miles in them (my second or third run in them), I started to really feel the road on the soles of my feet. It wasn't a terrible feeling, more of a distinct awareness that yes, I was running on a hard surface and not in a cushioned shoe.
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Thumbs up: light, can feel the ground, love the flashy colours (and love the red Canadian edition).
Thumbs down: they aren't quite as breathable as some of the other shoes I have so when it is super hot so are my feet (this is the same complaint I have for the 1880s but not for the 880s), don't come in AA (however, the regular width seems to be working for me)
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*Yes, I got them for free AND I said something nice about them. If I didn't like them, I would tell you...but you'll just have to take my word for that. I was not told I had to review the shoes or say nice things about them in exchange for getting them for free, but I thought you might like to know what I thought of them.