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: 9.5ozWomen: 8.5oz
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.
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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83 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
If you are looking for a faster all purpose trainer go with the 880.
I wore these shoes on runs from 5-15 miles. Other than the initial heel irritation, they felt great on each run. I would feel confident wearing these shoes for marathon + distances.
This shoe performs well on both pavement and trails while providing substantial cushioning in a neutral package.
For the more advanced runner, I recommend either the Fresh Foam or the 1600. Both have a lower heel-to-toe drop; and, in the case of the 1600, the shoe is noticeably lighter as well.
- The 4th instalment of the 880 has several changes introduced for runners to get the most out of the shoe. For starters, New Balanced removed some of the welded overlays in the upper. In place are mostly printed ones with the New Balance logo as the main welded overlay.
- The mesh is modified as well. From the large and prominent holes of the prior model, this has been replaced with a very light and fine mesh. While the breathability is about the same, the new mesh greatly helped in the weight reduction.
- The tongue is made of softer material to avoid the irritation issues of the earlier version. It is now more padded than ever for more comfort. New Balance also uses flatter laces. The laces have better friction to truly stay tied every step of the way.
New Balance brings back, generally, the fit of the previous version in the 880 v4. The fit is a bit more relaxed after the removal of most of the welded overlays. There is still decent locked down feel in the heel and midfoot with a roomy toe box that is not too generous by any means. Most runners with medium to slightly wider feet can slot in effortlessly in this shoe. Sizing is accurate in the 880 v4.
A trademark of the 880 series is the large rubber configuration of the outsole. It has superb articulation and has very deep and large flex grooves for flexibility. In this version, the crash pad is a bit bigger and with larger cut outs for enhanced shock absorption. The outsole is mostly covered in blown rubber for superb traction.
New Balance’s patented T-Beam technology offers excellent stability for a neutral shoe. It is made of thermoplastic material that forks right beneath the midfoot to also add shoe integrity. The T-Beam technoogy is also used in the well-known New Balance 880 v8.
On top of the T-Beam is the full-length ACTEVA Lite. This has average responsiveness and cushioning while being 30% lighter than average EVA. Just beneath the ACTEVA in the heel is a segment of ABZORB foam for shock absorption.
A light and breathable mesh makes up a large part of the upper. It has a glossy look that enhances the aesthetic value of the shoe. Providing decent support are the new printed overlays and the large New Balance welded logo. Going towards the heel, the area has more substance courtesy of the stitched on overlays. These do a good job of preventing heel slippage. Inside is a premium Ortholite sockliner for added cushioning and better fit.