On Sunday I made a my annual pilgrimage to the New Balance factory store in Brighton, next to their world headquarters, to pick up some new shoes. I’ve been rocking gray 991s for a while now, popular with Steve Jobs and lesser nerds everywhere. (I can’t believe that Jobs’ outfit including Nikes was anything but a PR move.) New Balance markets them as running shoes, but I’ve found they work perfectly well for swaddling feet while sitting in front of a computer too.

I was surprised to find that the 991s have been retired in favor of the 992s. Why mess with perfection? Does The David need to be improved? That is, if The David was a shoe made for the “the mild to moderate overpronator”. Thankfully the new 992s seem very similar and my old pair of 991s are nearly indestrucible.