I'm from Boston and started running in '72. Back then there were a few options including a local place called New Balance. I bought the Trackster and my AA width feet were grateful. Fast forward through the iterations, from the 320's all the way until today and there was one constant: I always feared the upgrades. I am happy to report, that if you are into New Balance and the lineage of shoes that go back to the Trackster and the 320, you will love this version - they have retained all you love and made it even better. Victory! This is a double upgrade for me from the 992 so relative to that model, the tongue and the area around the ankle have a perfect level of increased padding. The shoe is lighter but the general shock absorption is better, more stability, less vibration. As for the look (an attribute that didn't matter to the NB acolyte,) I believe that the total commitment to beauty and balance in materials (and font choices) would have pleased one of our numbers, namely: Steve Jobs. If you are one of those cheap New Balance owners who reminisces about when you could get re-soled bottoms, take out your credit card and buy these shoes. Reward the designers - they did right by the legacy - they did not screw it up.