|Update:||New Balance 880 v7|
|Weight:||Men: 306g | Women: 252g|
|Arch type:||High arch|
|Distance:||Daily running | Long distance | Marathon|
|Release date:||Mar 2019|
|Type:||Heavy | Big guy|
|Width:||Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Narrow, Normal, Wide|
|Colorways:||Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Pink, Red|
|SKUs:||M880BK9, M880CH9, M880GR9, M880RW9, M880TB9, M880WT9, W880CP9, W880LB9, W880PP9, W880WT9|
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88 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
Its accommodating fit and easy ride make it a shoe we want to run in over and over again.
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.
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.
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.