User Review: New Balance Men's 1500
Break-in Period: about 90 miles of practice hikes
Price Paid: $169
I had high hopes for this boot after it was given a Backpacker magazine award. I have wide feet and have not been able to find boots that fit well. Backpacker specifically rated these high for wide feet.
I took the boots on a 60 mile hike in Grand Canyon both on and off trail. I sustained deep blisters on the forefeet from the cramped boot (double E). The worst thing however was the uppers. They are so stiff I got a severe tendonitis of the lateral ankle (just above the ankle bone from where the top of the upper rubbed against it.
If you are looking for wide boots, beware. These probably are not what you want.