DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v8
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
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Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
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Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 10.8ozWomen: 9.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 30mmWomen: 30mm
Forefoot heightMen: 22mmWomen: 22mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.