Thursday, March 28, 2013

Run the Rainbow: New Balance 890v3 Review

This is part one of a two part series I will be running here on Maine Mom on the Run. I hope it inspires you to make healthy choices with your family and there will be more than one way to win something. Everyone loves a contest and giveaway, right? Okay, first things first.

I was given the opportunity to review and promote New Balance's newest shoe for kids, the 890v3 Rainbow shoe. Of course I said yes.

New Balance is a great company that makes some great shoes, both for casual and athletic wear. My first pair of minimalist running shoes were the Minimus WT20 and I put over 300 miles on them before they started to wear out. I've also received two pairs of New Balance shoes for registering for the L.L. Bean 10K in 2011 and 2012, but the models given were stability shoes so I wore them for casual wear and working outside. My oldest son has been wearing their 688 model for nearly a year and has pretty much outgrown them. The fact that they lasted this long shows the quality you get with New Balance. One other awesome thing about the company is that most of the materials are sourced from the United States. They produce footwear for all five branches of the U.S. Military and I am proud to say that three of New Balance's factories are located right here in my home state of Maine.

Back to the 890v3 Rainbow shoes... New Balance graciously sent me two pairs of the shoes for both boys to try out. Zeke, the oldest, is now in the preschool sizes and Finn remains in the "infant" category, even though he is almost three. His feet aren't small, it's just how they categorize the sizes and style. The preschool model is a standard laced shoe, while the infant model utilizes a zig-zag lace with velcro closure. You've got to love it when a 2-year-old can put his shoes on by himself!

Both shoes are well-constructed with a glued non-marking, non-skid rubber sole. The shoe is very flexible which is very important for children's growing feet. The stitched synthetic and mesh upper provides good stability for running, jumping, and every other motion kids go through during play. I love the colors of the shoes - a bright green sole and dark gray upper with just a hint of the rainbow colors throughout and a pop of neon green for the laces.

It's definitely a masculine-looking shoe compared to the girls' colorway pictured below.
Here's what the boys had to say about their new shoes.

I just wish they made a Rainbow adult version!

And now for the contest! New Balance and ChopChop Magazine (a family-friendly cooking magazine) have joined forces to promote the benefits of "the rainbow" in both eating and physical activity with their Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow campaign. From now through the end of May, they are running a contest that I invite you all to enter. There is a monthly drawing for a pair of New Balance's 890v3 Rainbow shoe for kids and a one-year subscription to ChopChop, and a grand prize to include the shoes, magazine subscription and a $400 grocery store gift card! Visit to enter!

Make sure to stay tuned next week for part two where the boys and I will be making a healthy snack using all the colors of the rainbow. You won't want to miss it...there will be a giveaway!!!

Disclaimer: I was provided two pairs of New Balance 890v3's in exchange for promotion of the Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow campaign. All opinions, photos, and other media are my own, unless otherwise noted. 


  1. So awesome!!! Your boys are so lucky and they are such awesome shoes.

  2. Great reviews! Kudos to Momma, Zeke, and Finn!


Thanks for your comments!