Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    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.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $140
  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
    Women: 9.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Updates to New Balance 880 v8 GTX

  • The New Balance 880 v8 GTX is the waterproof version of the 880 v8 model. This road shoe makes use of a membrane that acts as a barrier against splashes and water immersion. It is worth noting that H2O can still enter through the collar, of course. A mix of printed and stitched-on overlays assist the façade in keeping the foot in place.
  • Underfoot cushioning is given by the full-length TRIFUSE midsole. This compound is tasked with providing a supportive and bouncy ride. A layer of blown rubber protects against wear and tear while also bringing traction over the surfaces.

New Balance 880 v8 GTX size and fit

The waterproof version of the New Balance 880 v8 has a standard running shoe length. Many consumers also echo that sentiment. When getting this model, it is recommended to use the usual sizing expectations. Widthwise, the available options for men are D – Medium and 2E – Wide; for women, the variants are B – Medium and D – Wide.

Outsole

The outsole unit of this waterproof running shoe is made up of blown rubber, which generously shields the entire outline of the platform. It offers grip over the surfaces. Also, this compound has a spongy nature which may contribute to the responsive quality of the midsole unit.

Flex grooves allow the sole unit to bend and flex in conjunction with the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.

Midsole

The TRIFUSE technology runs the entire length of the New Balance 880 v8 GTX. This compound is meant to attenuate impact shock during the foot-strike and generate an energized lift during the toe-off.

There are subtle cuts and holes on the sides of the midsole. These patterns are tasked with making the foam as springy as possible, evoking a sense of an energized lift when toeing off the ground.

A thermoplastic shank called T-Beam is placed between the outsole and midsole. It is a supportive layer that saves the tendons and muscles of the underfoot from straining during the run.

Upper

The upper unit of the New Balance 880 v8 GTX is made using engineered mesh. This cloth-like material welcomes the natural shape and movement capacity of the foot. It has visible breathing holes that facilitate the flow of air into and through the foot-chamber.

A Gore-Tex® membrane protects the interior chamber from water infiltration. It also tries to preserve ventilation.

Printed overlays cover the sides and a portion of the heel. These add-ons reduce bulk and stiffness while supporting the foot in the process.

Stitched-on layers are placed on the forefoot and heel. These semi-thick synthetic sheets are configured for protection against impact, road debris, and in-shoe wobbling.


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