Summary

We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Several people stated that the New Balance 880 v9 was comfortable from the start; they didn’t need a break-in period.
  • Some consumers noted that the cushioning system was enough to support the foot during extended running sessions.
  • A consumer claimed that her plantar fasciitis was alleviated because of this running shoe’s midsole unit.
  • A couple of reviewers felt that the 880 v9 was versatile enough to be used for activities other than running.
  • The aesthetics were welcomed because they apparently made the shoe visually appealing.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The materials of the shoe looked too flimsy and delicate, according to some wearers.
  • A tester complained that the fit was a bit narrow, but sizing up made it too wide.

Bottom line

The New Balance 880 v9 was able to receive positive reviews from those who have tried it. Most consumers were welcoming of its midsole unit, which was supposedly very comfortable underneath the foot. Also, the color schemes and the versatile construction were highlighted as selling points. The complaints mostly revolved around the materials, as well as an inconsistent fit profile.

Neutral pronators who like to have a comfortable speed training session or extended running activity may get their fix with the New Balance 880 v9 because it’s touted as a reliable companion for the roads.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Top 4% most popular running shoes

Expert Reviews

88 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Fleet Feet | Level 4 expert

    Its accommodating fit and easy ride make it a shoe we want to run in over and over again.

  • 82 / 100 | Sportitude | Level 4 expert

    As you’re coming through to the heel counter, we’ve got a combination of an internal heel counter and an external heel counter. The external heel counter is this big plastic beam that runs around the outside of the shoe. It helps cradle the foot with more support. As the foot comes down on point of contact with the ground, it keeps that heel nice and stable so we don’t have any inconsistency as we come through midstance.

  • 90 / 100 | Track Shack | | Level 2 expert

    New Balance touts the 880v9 as having a plush heel collar, which I found to be quite true when I tried it on. It seems to me that the collar is just a hair lower on the new version, which felt like a slightly more secure fit to me over the v8. I compared it with both a new shoe of the previous version as well as the pair of 880v8 I have worn as a rotating work shoe for 6+ months.

  • 88 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 1 expert

    These shoes handled a variety of spring conditions; I ran in the 880 outside in Pennsylvania, where snow was melting. I never slipped or felt unsafe running on wet roads. Testers shared the same sentiments, saying the shoe held firm.

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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