These are not as good as the 977 in regards to the upper part of the shoe
They are definitely good shoes but go with a larger size
Holabird is the best. Super efficient, quick shipping and great support
I purchased NB 978v1as a replacement for NB MW956GT which I've worn for years. I did not feel comfortable with the 2 additional eyelets being this is a boot style with the 956GT was not. If there is a comparable model to the discontinued MW956GT I'd appreciate your letting me know.
There, unfortunately, is no direct replacement close to the NW956GT besides the 978V1. We're sorry that it did not fit you as expected. You can see the other New Balance trail shoes we carry here >>> https://www.holabirdsports.com/collections/hiking-shoes/brand_new-balance.
Replacing hiking boots that lasted 15 years with the same model that I expect the same durability.
Only problem very slow shipping time. 8 days from MD to CA.