New Balance M1300-007 This is part of a series that features items bought from the U.S. using Globe’s GCASH American Express Virtual Pay and shipped to the Philippines using the freight forwarding service My Shopping Box. For more information click here.

For the last two years I’ve yearned for a pair of New Balance classic running sneakers. Their handsome retro looks have convinced me that they have a place in my wardrobe. Unfortunately, the selection here in the Philippines is quite poor. Only in recent times have the made in USA and made in UK models become available but you’d have to pay ridiculously high prices. I didn’t want to spend Php 10,995 for a pair of New Balance sneakers so I fitted a pair at one of the stores to find my size with the intention of buying it online.

I checked Amazon US and saw that the model I wanted, the New Balance M1300 in Renegade Blue, was down to USD 85.82 from their original price of USD 160 and that my size was available. The total with tax and shipping (free) was USD 93.54 (Php 4,316.30). I placed my order and after a few days it arrived at My Shopping Box in California. I authorised the shipment and paid USD 51.75 in shipping (Amazon shipped it in a large box thus the high fee). After two weeks my New Balance sneakers were delivered to my office. I spent a total of Php 6,733.56 and saved over Php 4,000.

When buying New Balance Made in the USA and Made in the UK models it’s been noted that it’s a good idea to size up. I’m usually a size US 10 so I bought a size US 10.5 and they fit perfectly. They’re comfortable to wear and feel like a breath of fresh air after wearing leather shoes most of the time. I wear them during the weekends and intend to bring them along when traveling. They’re a great pair of sneakers and wouldn’t hesitate to buy another pair if the opportunity presented itself.