The New Balance 1223 | Complete Running Network
Training in these shoes consisted of speedwork on a track, trail and road running, and stair climbing and elliptical trainer workouts. The reviewer is 5’ 10” and 190 pounds, and a moderate to severe overpronator; training pace for average runs is 7:30-8:20 per mile, interval pace average is approximately 71-75 seconds for 400 meter repeats.
As with most New Balance shoes, the ride was exemplary because this shoe provides tremendous support without feeling overbearing, heavy or stiff through the forefoot.
Stair workouts and interval training felt fine with a smooth heel-to-toe transition in faster running, and a proper forefoot flex point that didn’t strain the calf or shin muscles.
However, this is not an orthotic friendly shoe. Once I put my semi-rigid orthotics in the shoes, all the fun was over. Because the 1223 is designed for moderate to severe overpronators, the additional stability provided by the orthotics translated into a stiffness and unresponsiveness that left me feeling like I was running on wooden planks....