Personally, I find New Balance's response to this situation to be quite troubling. To simply respond to questions about the misrepresentation of the product by pointing to the benefits of the new materials used in its production, rather than acknowledging that they erred, seems to me to be less than straightforward. I purchased these shoes specifically on the basis of their claims that the shoes had both the steel toe and were lighter in weight, anticipating (I think quite reasonably) that they would provide better protection as well as comfort. Given the fact that the New Balance's claims are not accurate, i might as well stay with Reeboks which I find to be quite comfortable and offer generally adequate protection. I will no longer purchase New Balance products.