The overall fit with my orthotics is definitely better and the shoe seems to provide sufficient motion control. The problem is that the N-Locks keep tearing.
I took the 1224's back to the shop when one of the locks tore only two weeks after I purchased the shoes. Since the 1225's had just come in, I went for the upgrade. Would you believe it!?!? Five weeks later...one of the locks on the 1225's ripped! The shop replaced my shoes again, indicating that they were sending the problematic shoes back to New Balance as defective. I've since been told that NB has admitted a problem with the N-Locks 1224's, but they thought they had addressed it with the 1225's.
Hey...at least I'm keeping my feet in new shoes t