Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The mix of synthetic and mesh in the upper unit provides a reliable and breathable coverage for the wearer.
  • Runners appreciated the minimal stitching in the upper as it helps to extend the longevity of the material.
  • A lot of testers noted that the 880v6 retained its durability even after months of use.
  • The different color options make it more appealing to those who want to have a running shoe that has heightened aesthetics.
  • The fit was just right for a lot of runners who have tried it.
  • More padding in the collar and tongue helps to secure the foot and lock it down well.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were some testers who felt that the 6th version of the 880 was a bit tight when initially worn and that it didn’t undergo the “breaking” period until after a few uses.
  • Some runners noted that it was a bit stiff for daily training.
  • Others thought that the toe box was narrow, causing blisters to those who have wider forefeet areas.

Bottom line

The 880 v6 from New Balance takes runners to new horizons with improved components in the forefoot area, a more open fabric in the upper for breathability, and reliable cushioning for well-supported trainings. It’s a solid choice for neutral runners.

Facts

Update: New Balance 880 v9
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.1oz | Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 29mm | Women: 29mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Brand: New Balance
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide
Price: $120
Colorways: Blue, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this January
Better rated than the previous version New Balance 880 v5

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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82 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 | Phidippides TV | | Level 4 expert

    A neutral shoe with a nice midsole for cushioning, a nice toe box for room/for the expansion of the toe splay, and a nice fit overall.

  • 84 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    Aside from the absence of Fresh Foam, the NB880 delivers very good cushioning and the newly designed, no-sew upper will stay comfortable for many miles.

  • 80 / 100 | New England Running Company | Level 4 expert

    The 880 was totally overhauled and given a more balanced midsole providing lasting comfort mile after mile.

  • 80 / 100 | Fleet Feet Sports | Level 3 expert

    The BIG improvements in the 880v6 are in the fit and feel.

  • 88 / 100 | Slow Your Boat | | Level 1 expert

    I like my shoes to fade into the background during runs. That’s exactly what these shoes did.

  • 77 / 100 | Marqkria McMiller | Level 1 expert

    The New Balance 880v6 is a solid, durable neutral trainer.

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  • The New Balance 880 v6 encourages more air to enter and keep the foot cool and dry. Shifting away from the upper design of the 880v5, this one places its overlay system on the lateral and medial sides of the mid-foot. Most of the front mesh is free from covering, thus providing a well-ventilated running experience for runners.
  • The holes in the upper unit are more visible for this iteration. It certainly highly promotes breathable coverage, thus making the shoe more comfortable in hot conditions and for longer runs.
  • The collar and tongue has more padding in this version, so it can secure the foot in it and keep it snug at all times. This added mechanic prevents accidental shoe-removals or slips.
  • The forefoot area of the sole unit was slightly raised for the New Balance 880v6. Its purpose is to provide an increased springiness in the forefoot section for a more efficient toe off phase. High quality cushioning systems with bouncy qualities make the propulsive toe-offs possible.
  • A thicker Blown Rubber outsole with rounded pods on the surface gives additional cushioning while providing responsible traction and protection.

The New Balance 880 v6 is true to its size, just like the 880 v8. Runners will be able to choose the correct size that suits their preferences. It has a medium width when it comes to its heel and mid-foot sections. The toe area is from medium to narrow. It can surely accommodate those with medium and narrow foot shapes.


Blown Rubber is a high quality material that makes up the outsole unit of the 880 v6. It’s been frequently used in this series, but for this model, New Balance has changed the design of the outsole surface. Now, it has circular pods instead of flat sections, which was meant to allow a bit more propulsive cushioning on top of the durable protection and traction.


The ACTEVA™ is a highly engineered compression molded foam that’s 24% lighter than most mid-sole foams. It offers durable cushioning that doesn’t lose its structural integrity even after multiple uses.

The ABZORB® foam is a highly resilient and reliable material. It features a mix of Dupont Engage Isoprene rubber and New Balance’s own materials for long lasting and efficient performance during each run. This foam can be found separately in the forefoot and heel areas, therefore providing shock absorption during heel striking and toe offs.


Breathable air mesh makes up most of the upper unit of this running shoe. It’s been crafted to allow more breathable properties for a more comfortable running experience. Holes have been strategically placed on the upper to let air in and maintain a well-ventilated interior for the runner.

The overlay system on the lateral and medial sides work with the lacing system to help the wearer customize the fit to match their needs. When the shoelaces are adjusted, the overlays react and affect the upper fabric to follow the tightness or looseness of the laces.

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