Reviews & Giveaways

New Balance’s 689 Kids Collection


You’ll be happy to hear that New Balance has released the 689 Kids Collection and my daughter was able to get herself a pair, just in time for the start of the new schools season. These shoes come in styles for both girls and boys, have a non-marking sole {a necessity in my books, and the schools’ as well}, and use the Abzorb cushioning material for a comfortable fit all day.

The uppers are a mix of leather and mesh, a great combination for providing stability with breathing room. I really like the closure on these shoes, it has an elastic strap that zig-zags through loops and then Velcro’s on the side. Though my daughter can tie laces like a pro, she doesn’t like to, so most times she leaves them hanging and waiting to be tripped on. At the same time, she thinks that traditional Velcro shoes are for ‘babies’, so the closure on these is really a happy blend of the two.

I chose a size larger than I thought my daughter would need, yet they are fairly snug so I think I should have requested a different width size {yes, they have width sizes for these styles!}. Her pair does fit right now but possibly not through the end of the year. So I’d suggest you use a measurement tool or better yet, try them on in store to ensure you get the right size and width.

My daughter says her pair ‘is cute’, and is happy that she can run and do cartwheels in them. Myself? I like the support of the foot and ankle that New Balance provides, isn’t it nice when her need for cute and fashionable mix with my preference for a quality made shoe. Win-Win, now if only we could agree on clothing!

Prices range from $39.95 for infant/pre-school children {sizes 2-5 and 5.5-10} to $54.95 for youth {sizes 7-10.5} and they can be bought online or in stores that carry New Balance footwear. 

Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.



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  1. My 8 yr old is having growth spurts everywhere. All his shoes have SIDECARS his toes are starting to poke out. Just bought school shoes 3 weeks ago *yikes*. This would be so helpful and appreciated.

  2. I would like to win these shoes because New Balance makes great shoes and I would love for my child to have a pair.

  3. My daughter is a rambunctious toddler – constantly on the go. She could use some comfy running shoes for all her running, jumping and such. 🙂

  4. I would love to win, this is the only brand my older boy can wear due to feet issues, this would really help! thanks for the chance to win!

  5. My 4 year old has been growing like mad this year and I know he will need more shoes in the next few months. these would be great for him.

  6. The shoes are super cute and look like they would support my sons feet well 🙂

  7. I’d love a pair for my daughter – she needs a new pair of good shoes for school

  8. I’d love to win a pair! I have three rambunctious boys who wear holes in everything – a new pair of good shoes would be much appreciated!

  9. I want to win these shoes because I know that I can trust the quality and want only the best for my kids!

  10. My kids are very hard on their shoes, and we could always use a new pair for indoor or outdoor use

  11. My 1 yr old daughter deserves a good pair of shoes. I know I haven’t been able to afford them and she’s wearing what she has pass me downs for long enough, but we get by with what we can make it with, so I would love to win them for her.

  12. I would love to win a pair of these for my nephew.
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  13. My sons feet grown really quick so I would love to win these shoes for him, so it’s one less pair of shoes I have to buy.

  14. I’d love to win a pair of these shoes to donate to the Single Parent Center here in Victoria!

  15. the kids can be very picky about their shoes. When I read the comment about your daughter saying the pair is cute I thought I would like to win these for picky Serena, who I hope would also think they are cute.(also the kids can always use a new pair of shoes with back to school)

  16. I would like a pair for my son as he is still growing and shoes are always something you need for those growing feet.

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  17. I’d like to win a pair for my daughter who could use a better pair of shoes for her school.

  18. I’d like to win a pair for my son because I’ve heard good things about New Balance shoes.

  19. Kids grow fast – always need a new pair (or two, or three :)) in a short period of time.

  20. I’d love to win a pair because of the non-marking sole and
    the choice of a wider width if necessary

  21. We’ve been everywhere in the past month looking for new shoes for my girl! Everywhere is sold out of everything! This would be perfect timing!

  22. These shoes look awesome and my preschool daughter would probably wear them as they are fashionable.

  23. I really want my son to have a pair of good running shoes, just like his mom does, and these look great!

  24. They keep growing out of their shoes and we would like to have very made and supportive footwear.

  25. i would love to win these for my 2 kids, they wear out shoes as fast as thier father…thats me….thanks guys!!

  26. I would love to win a pair for my youngest daughter who needs a new pair of sneakers

  27. I would love to win these for my son, hes a toddler and you know how busy they are he wears out a pair of sneakers in no time. He spends alot of time outside!! I would love to win these for him!

  28. This would be a great win! I was just talking to my husband yesterday about getting our daughter some new runners!

  29. I would love to win a pair of these because my two girls are growing so fast that I can’t keep them in shoes!!!

  30. I’d like to win because my son goes through shoes really fast – he’s growing quickly and he plays hard!

  31. I would like to win because running shoes are so expensive and the kids go through them like wild fire..New Balance makes a great shoe for durability, comfort and style.

  32. I would love to win a pair for my son because he needs new shoes AND New Balance makes awesome shoes!

  33. I’d love to win for my daughter, they look very well made and I’m sure would last longer than the cheap pair I bought for back to school.

  34. In the small rural community I live in it is almost impossible to find high quality shoes like these at our local store, so this would be a great win for my daughter.

  35. I’d love to win a pair of these for my 5 year old. They look like comfortable shoes, and we’re always needing new shoes. His feet are growing fast, plus he’s so hard on his shoes!

  36. My son just tried out for (and made!) his school track team. This boy LOVES to run and burns through sneakers like nobody’s business. 🙂

  37. I would like to win because I have 5 kids, so winning a pair of shoes for one of them would totally help out 🙂

  38. My son just started JK and must wear running shoes (crocs, sandals not allowed) so I need another pair! These look perfect!

  39. I would love to win a pair of new balance shoes as they are great shoes and my guys feet grows so fast it seems we are always buying shoes!

  40. Great looking shoes! I would love to win these for my 4 year old son to use at school, they look comfortable and are a brand we know and trust.


  41. Hi! Awesome giveaway! I want to win these awesome New Balance (689 Kids Collection) shoes for my sweet little monkey girl. She just broke her arm on the monkey bars at school and needs new shoes with velcro! Thanks so much!!!

  42. I like new balance because they make wide shoes for my one DDs wide feet. They are a good quality product for the whole family!

  43. They are so cute and there are enough colors for each my three girls. Fingers crossed to win.

  44. i would like to win a pair because my grandson has down syndrome and he has a hard time keeping his balance, this might do the trick thanks

  45. I would like to win these because my son needs a good pair of shoes to go with his orthotics

  46. New Balance are a family favourite for outdoor running. With three children in public school, back to school shoe shopping is a major event. We’ve been New Balance fans since we lived in the U.S. near the New Balance factory in Maine. Two cross-country runners in our house would love the opportunity for a new pair for their upcoming meet next month.

  47. My 4 year old has apparently had a growth spurt! The shoes that fit him before summer, now barely fit. He has inherited my husband’s wide feet, so a good quality shoe is essential. New Balance fits the bill nicely! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  48. Because these runners are AWESOME! I have New Balance running shoes and they are great! My kids wear through runners like nothing, and it gets expensive buying them good quality shoes every three months! 😉

  49. I have 2 kids 8 and 10 and they grow like weeds! They never wear clothes out cuz they grow so fast and it gets very expensive! Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. I would LOVE a pair of these for my daughter. They are so adorable. I love for her to have good quality shoes but hate spending so much money on them!

  51. My 11 year old daughter just started doing cross-country running and we didn’t buy running shoes for her since we didn’t know she would need them.
    It would be great if I won:)

  52. I would love to win these for my youngest. I dont have much money to get my three children much and winning thses would be great.

  53. My little one has special needs and goes through so many shoes from wear and tear,this would help out alot.Thanks for the chance!!!

  54. I would like to win these because New Balance are great quality sneakers with great support for my kids growing feet.

  55. With the way kids feet grow it would be great to get a new pair that have some style to them.

  56. my 4 year old daughter needs a new pair of runners. She is growing out of her current shoes.

  57. I’d like to win because I’m a runner and my current shoes are almost worn out!

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