Features and History of the New Balance 991 Running Shoe

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New Balance has been proudly manufacturing shoes in the United States since the early 1900s. With its first insoles designed for factory workers, to the latest performance models, and even the heritage styles like the New Balance 991, these shoes have made comfort and speed a winning combination on the track and off.

In 1982, New Balance came out with its signature running shoe, the 990, which took the running world by storm. Its sleek design and comfort sole became popular with athletes as well as becoming a style trend. The eighties saw a rise in popularity of the sport of running. Shoes like the 990 and subsequent New Balance 991, were available to the general public for a reasonable price. The New Balance shoe became a fashion staple.

The basic 990 model evolved over the years and in 2000, the New Balance 991 was introduced. Created in sizes for both men and women, the 991 updated the original 990 model with more ABZORB® in the forefoot and the heel area. The stability that the 991 provides is perfect for pronators, runners whose ankles tend to lean inward. The stability sole helps control overpronation for a better stride.

The cushioning of the 991 is padded enough to maintain comfort and support. Using ENCAP® in the heel of the New Balance 991 further helps with cushioning.

The New Balance 991 is one of the companies "heritage" styles which began with the popular 990 and continues today with the 993 models. With sleek styling and prominent NB logo design, the "heritage" models are signature shoes for New Balance. Models subsequent to the 990 have been improved upon with new innovations for performance and comfort.

In 2001 a new gray color New Balance 991 model came out for women. The new style still maintained the technical features using ABZORB® and ENCAP®. It remains part of the Supportive Cushioning Segment offered by New Balance.

The New Balance 991 continues to be manufactured in the US. All styles in the "heritage" collection are made in the United States. New Balance maintains five factories in New England and 25% of their shoes sold in the United States are manufactured completely in the USA. The New Balance 991 remains a popular style for its looks and performance. Since it has the stability technology built-in, it is perfect for runners who want cushioning and control with the Made in USA label.

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