Verdict from 2 experts and +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The shoe is available in wide and extra-wide widths, making some wide-footed runners truly satisfied.
  • Many of the users observed that the New Balance 880 v7 had ample room in the toe-box for toe-splay.
  • The majority of the wearers mentioned that the shoe is very comfortable.
  • The engineered mesh that featured perforations gained positive feedback from the users because it provided breathability all throughout the run.
  • A few runners with plantar fasciitis mentioned that with the New Balance 880 v7, they experienced lesser heel pain.
  • The lightweight construction of the shoe received praise.
  • A lot of testers admired the durable cushioning of the shoe, which made it great for long-distance runs.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few mentioned that the tongue did not stay in place.
  • The toe box is too shallow, as observed by some wearers.

Bottom line

The New Balance 880 v7 is a road running shoe highly admired by its users. Many runners were appreciative of the shoe’s durable cushioning, comfortable fit, and breathable construction. This well-cushioned, neutral shoe is best for those who are looking for a reliable running shoe for long-distance runs.

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Good to know

  • One of the noticeable updates of the 880 v7 is in its upper. It utilizes an improved engineered mesh material that offers ultra-light support and comfortable fit. The perforations are nicely placed in the upper for a breathable coverage.
  • This running shoe from New Balance also features the brand’s new TRUFUSE midsole technology. It is a combination of the ABZORB and ACTEVA foams. These midsole foams are strategically blended together to give runners a good balance of cushioning and support for a more improved running experience.
  • The New Balance 880 v7 still uses the durable blown rubber outsole. However, in this version, a new outsole configuration is present to deliver reliable traction while running on the road. The flex grooves in the outsole are also designed for added flexibility and a more responsive toe-off.

The overall fit of the New Balance 880 v7 is fairly similar to its predecessor. In terms of the sizing scheme, it offers the correct fit that runners are used to. Since it is also available in Wide (2E) and Extra Wide (4E) widths for men and Wide (2E) width option for women, the shoe also gives a nice, comfortable fit to runners with wide foot shapes. The 7th version of the New Balance 880 is available in standard running shoe length.

The New Balance 880 v7 utilizes the notable blown rubber outsole material that provides durability in high-wear areas. It also gives added forefoot cushioning and responsiveness.

The grooves in the outsole provide flexibility and it enhances the overall responsiveness of the shoe.

The midsole of the shoe utilizes the TRUFUSE midsole technology that is designed for cushioning and support. The individual functions of the ABZORB and ACTEVA foams were blended together for a more reliable cushioning system that is ideal for long distance runs. The same midsole technology is also present in the New Balance 880 v8 road shoe

Working together with the dual-density cushioning is the T-BEAM. It is a lightweight and flexible TPU shank that is strategically placed in the midsole for torsional stability.

The upper of the New Balance 880 v7 featured the Fantom Fit engineered mesh that is seamless in design. It delivers enhanced fit and lightweight support. In the mesh are the perforations that are strategically distributed in the upper for unmatched breathability.

The 7th version of the New Balance 880 has the notable neoprene stretch tongue and padded heel collar for enhanced comfort.

The 3D resin print on the upper also offers a seamless support.


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