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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 10.8oz
Women: 9.1oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most runners observed the comfortable feel of the 1080 v5 upon landing.
  • The 5th instalment of the 1080 is relatively lightweight for what New Balance calls as its top neutral cushioned shoe.
  • A very nice fit without being constrictive is commonly mentioned in some reviews.
  • Traction is superlative, even in wet conditions, according to quite a number of runners.
  • The FantomFit technology provides a seamless construction that lessens the risk of irritation or blisters.
  • Forefoot responsiveness is evident as noted by a handful.
  • The T-Beam shank offers torsional integrity and stable ride.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The 1080 v5 is expensive.
  • Some runners felt that the transition could have been much better.
  • There is no reflective material.
  • Several were disappointed in the lack of durability for an expensive shoe.

Bottom line

While the New Balance 1080 v5 may not be the highly-cushioned shoe as advertised, the cushioning is still plush, particularly in the heel. The shoe has very nice arch support for a cushioned and neutral trainer. Runners will love the luxurious comfort and relatively lightweight performance of this shoe.


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Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 226 ratings

5 star
58%
4 star
22%
3 star
8%
2 star
5%
1 star
5%

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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    A neutral shoe sure to find favors with runners seeking a soft heel strike, but the rest of the shoe isn't as plush as it should be.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kelly Shelton • Level 3 expert

    The 1080v5 has an 8mm drop, and an asymmetric heel counter to promote a slight amount of support at the heel, along with New Balance's T-beam shank for rigidity through the midfoot.

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Updates to New Balance 1080 v5

  • New Balance deals minimal changes in the 5th edition of the 1080. Most noticeable in this version are the changes in the upper. From TPU overlays, New Balance introduces fused on versions or the FantomFit overlays. Besides giving the upper a more forgiving feel, the removal of the plastic overlays gives the new model a more sophisticated and sleek look.
  • Midfoot fit is also improved on this model by adding an inner panel and two midfoot lace loops. A simple tug of the laces brings the panel together for a more secured midfoot hold.
  • The heel has a more simplified design with very minimal overlays. As the shoe already has a heel counter, the heel becomes slightly more pliable without giving away stability.

New Balance 1080 v5 size and fit

The fit is plainly a rendition of 1080 models before, but for the more relaxed upper and better midfoot hold. A more pliable heel fit continues to limit unnecessary movements while the forefoot has decent room for the toes to splay. Medium to slightly wide feet dimensions are tailor made for this shoe. Medium is the available width of the 1080 v5 and runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole is quite thick and largely made of 95% blown rubber. Only the lateral part of the heel is covered with hard carbon rubber for durability. Separating the lateral and medial sides of the heel is a deep groove to give some semblance of cushioning and flexibility. Beneath the ball of the foot are lugs that are designed for better cushioning as well.


Midsole

New Balance crowds the midsole with a lot of technologies. Running the entire length is ABZORB foam for a bit of firmness and responsiveness. Beneath this full-length foam in the heel is what New Balance calls as the N2 foam, which is very soft. This is the main reason why heel strikers will love this shoe. In the forefoot, a version of the N2 called the N2 Burst, gives a tad of softness. Putting some stability in the shoe is a thermoplastic shank called the T-Beam. It starts at the heel and ends just around the midfoot.


Upper

A very breathable mesh and fused on overlays wraps a large section of the upper. It gives the shoe plenty of breathability and seamless support. Running sockless is definitely an option in the 1080 v5. The ankle collar and the tongue are very well-padded. An asymmetrical heel counter is slightly higher at the lateral part of the heel to help control overpronation.