DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance 880 v9
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.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
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.
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.
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WeightMen: 11ozWomen: 9.3oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 12mm
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: 28mmWomen: 28mm
Forefoot heightMen: 16mmWomen: 16mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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68 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
The sole is incredibly comfortable and responsive. The upper is soft, supportive and well made.
The only problem I have (and had with the 759 as well) is the slightly less than graceful feel of the plastic stabilicore insert.
Until recently, it’s been almost impossible for me to find a good training shoe that I could dabble with into a racing shoe. The 880 is one example of why that’s no longer the case.
They’re a great neutral shoe with lots of cushioning features, and excellent breathability for those longer runs.
Updates to New Balance 880 v5
- Upper durability and more cushioning are the main updates in the 5th version of the very popular 880 series. The lack of durability in the upper is addressed by the new model that has more welded overlays. Besides improving durability, the strategic placement of the overlays helps improve the fit and structure of the upper as running downhill no longer causes irritation nor does the fit seem too wide.
- Enhanced cushioning or a softer feel is delivered by making the ABZORB foam full-length in this version. Another contributing factor to the more cushioned feel is the addition of more rubber in the forefoot. There is also better shock absorption as the new version has a larger crash pad than before.
- New Balance utilizes a neoprene stretch tongue in the 880 v5. It gives runners better options in finding their most comfortable zone with this tongue. The tongue is fairly padded and keeps the pressure from the laces off of the top of the foot.
New Balance 880 v5 size and fit
The New Balance 880 v5 remains to be a shoe designed for runners with average foot dimensions. With the new FantomFit technology providing better support, the shoe has better security in the heel and midfoot. There is also decent room in the forefoot to accommodate mid-run swelling for ultra-long miles. New Balance offers medium and wide as the available widths of this shoe. Sizing is accurate in the men’s and women’s versions.
The outsole is very similar to the old version where the forefoot grooves and use of rubber are concerned. It is still largely dominated by blown rubber in most areas with Ndurance rubber for durability in the heel and the lateral side of the shoe. There is a clear addition of blown rubber in the forefoot, which contributes to the more cushioned ride in the shoe.
A new cushioning system is in place in the 880 v5. Sitting just above the outsole is the ACTEVA LITE, New Balance’s midsole foam that is 24% lighter than average EVA and has better resistance to compression set. On top of this foam is the new full-length ABZORB foam that really enhances the transition and the cushioning of this shoe. Between the rubber outsole and the ACTEVA LITE is the patented T-Beam technology or the TPU shank that is designed like a center beam to support the arch and provide torsional stability to the shoe. The same midsole materials were also used in other New Balance shoe like the 880 v8.
The synthetic mesh upper is very breathable and soft. FantomFit or the no-sew overlays are more numerous and strategically place to provide better fit and structure. Including the new neoprene tongue, the entire upper really fits like a glove and enhances the comfortable ride of the shoe. An industry-grade Ortholite sockliner adds cushioning and plush feel upon step-in.