Update: Fresh Foam 1080 v7
Arch support
Daily running
M: 294g | W: 247g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 30mm | W: 30mm
Forefoot height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

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


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.

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.


We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A runner noted that the New Balance 1080 v6 kept their feet comfortable, even when they were using it all day.

  • The upper fabrics gained praise for its capability to wrap around the contours of the foot snugly and securely.

  • Several runners commented that the toe box was roomy enough to accommodate the natural splaying of the toes.

  • Its weight profile was welcomed by many because it felt agreeably light to them.

  • The underfoot experience felt responsive and springy to a lot of testers.

  • Even after many uses, the mid-sole unit of this model actually stayed efficient and robust for many of those who tried it.

  • Traction was reliable, according to users.

  • A reviewer stated that even though the New Balance 1080 v6 was expensive, its efficient components and features made it a great investment.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A runner observed that the instep had rough edges that cut through socks and caused some blistering.

  • The stitched overlays were too hard, according to several testers; they actually wrote that these add-ons caused the mesh to rub uncomfortably against the skin.

  • This model felt a little too tight for a few reviewers.

Bottom line

The 6th version of the New Balance 1080 was able to provide a great number of neutral runners with quality service and performance. They felt secure and comfortable when they wore it. Some of them even used this road shoe for long periods of time and they didn’t report any issues. But such wasn’t the case for some testers. For them, it was too narrow and some of its components rubbed uncomfortably against their feet.

World wide, Fresh Foam 1080 v6 is in the top 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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81 / 100 based on 35 expert reviews

  • 84
    DaveLevel 3 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    It feels that good and it feels that resilient. It shows no wear on this shoe at all.
  • 87
    Runner's TribeLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's Tribe
    It's not a stability shoe, but [has] very stable ride. And my feet are thanking me for it. They're feeling great.
  • 92
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    One of the other biggest changes to this shoe is the addition of flex grooves in the midsole and outsole that help increase flexibility and adds to the smoother heel-toe transition.
  • 87
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    Well cushioned, reasonably light, decently flexible for its stack it is a good choice for long miles days, heavier neutral runners, and those needing a soft somewhat wide toe box.
  • 81
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    Continuing on the heels of its successful Fresh Foam line, the new Fresh Foam 1080 is a premium neutral cushioned shoe with near-maximal cushioning, a plush interior, securely-fitting interior booty and a soft engineered mesh upper.
  • 81
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    And if your feet are wide, then the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 may suit you better than the Brooks Glycerin 13.
  • 79
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    This shoe is the softest of the shoes in the ADAPT category, even though some consistant feedback seems to be that the previous 1080 was softer.
  • 52
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    But for someone who prefers a bit more nimble, more 'reduced running ride'--but also tends to favor cushioning--[I] had a bit of trouble adapting and getting used to this shoe.
  • 90
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    A dramatically improved upper finally delivers a plush fit that matches the well-cushioned ride of the 1080.
  • 88
    Kredy@Kredy10Level 4 expert
    by Sportskeeda
    Overall, this great running shoe offers unmatched levels comfort for everyday runs and training. 
  • 82
    Kevin FongerLevel 4 expert
    by Active Gear Review
    This shoe has stayed pretty consistent over the years and the V6 doesn’t go too far from the past models. 
  • 80
    The Active GuyLevel 4 expert
    by The Active Guy
    The updated Fresh Foam 1080 v6 provides a soft, yet responsive midsole, was designed to support your individual foot strike.
  • 60
    Sean FeltyLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    Unfortunately the Fresh Foam cushioning still felt to firm and the upper caused rubbing issues on the inside of my foot.
  • 87
    Impact MagazineLevel 3 expert
    by Impact Magazine
    These shoes will make you want to run forever!
  • 85
    Austin BondsLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    The 1080, based on my mileage thus far, isn’t the ideal shoe for faster workouts as it’s on the heavier side, but it’s certainly suited for longer runs when the feet will be pounding the pavement for hours at a time.
  • 84
    Sean ConwayLevel 3 expert
    by Running Monkey
    There’s a firmness to the Fresh Foam that gives better feedback and increases responsiveness and it appears less susceptible to compacting over time; in theory that should mean more miles from your shoes.
  • 80
    Fleet Feet SportsLevel 3 expert
    by Fleet Feet Sports
    Runners can enjoy this unique ride offering generous plush cushioning on a singular platform.
  • 78
    Mandie33Level 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The Fresh Foam 1080 is a great high mileage shoe that is ideal for the neutral runner that enjoys a plush ride.
  • 74
    Kyle JangLevel 3 expert
    by RunRepeat
    The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v6 comes with an abundance of cushion, and is a great neutral ride. While there is a lot of cushioning, the shoe isn't as "soft" as advertised. All that aside, it still surpasses almost every shoe out there in terms of cushioning.
  • 72
    Shoe RangerLevel 3 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    Where it will lose out is fit specifically at the intersection of mesh and very thick saddle in the forefoot.
  • 85
    Runner's WorldLevel 2 expert
    by Runner's World UK
    In spite of their built-up appearance, the Fresh Foam 1080s are a neutral shoe with a minimally supportive insole and 8mm drop, but the wide base offers a solid base and stability
  • 84
    The Sport ReviewLevel 2 expert
    by The Sport Review
    The Fresh Foam 1080 v6 is a great option for the daily trainer looking for a well-cushioned shoe that has an added dose of luxury.
  • 84
    Max BenwellLevel 2 expert
    by Independent
    Highly cushioned and flexible, they’re some of the best value running shoes out there – whether you’re a casual or serious runner.
  • 80
    CharlieLevel 2 expert
    by The Runner Beans
    A highly cushioned, supportive shoe that will be ideal for my long marathon training runs come Summer and New York marathon training kicks up a notch.
  • 80
    Mike StoneLevel 2 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    The New Balance W1080 V6 is a gorgeous shoe, but this says nothing about its ability to provide the necessities needed for a runner
  • 91
    Derek FraserLevel 1 expert
    by Taking Jelly Babies from Strangers
    To put it another way, running in the 1080s feels a lot like wearing a ‘natural running’ shoe, but on one of those springy foam tarmac surfaces they put in the adventure playgrounds of the very young.
  • 91
    Tigeress LifestyleLevel 1 expert
    by Tigeress Lifestyle
    A lot of love and attention has been put into creating this new addition to New Balance’s performance range, all of which is to be given back to your feet.
  • 88
    Stevven AndersonLevel 1 expert
    by Fleet Feet Sports
    After my first run in the shoe I fell in love with it.
  • 88
    David ValentineLevel 1 expert
    by Running Northwest
    The combination of flexibility and cushioning leads to more relaxed feel during runs. 
  • 84
    iRunLevel 1 expert
    by iRun
    It will get you comfortably through your long runs and it will look great doing it.
  • 82
    Linconln ShryackLevel 1 expert
    by Gear Geek
    The balance feels to break at the right points under the foot not feeling too bulky or hindering mechanics.
  • 80
    Nathan LinLevel 1 expert
    by Run Society
    The Fresh Foam 1080 brings Fresh Foam to premier neutral; a substantial midsole with an inherently stable footprint and careful attention to areas of flex.
  • 80
    Kevin MacKinnonLevel 1 expert
    by Triathlon Magazine Canada
    While you’re not going to want to use the Fresh Foam 1080s for a super-fast race or workout, it will serve you well for a variety of daily runs at different paces and would be worth thinking about for a hilly half- or full-marathon, especially if you’re coming off a bike beforehand.
  • 80
    Runners EdgeLevel 1 expert
    by Runners Edge
    The New Balance 1080V6 is one of the most cushioned shoes i have ever tried on and when you press down on the mid-sole it feels great.
  • 80
    Runners RadarLevel 1 expert
    by Runners Radar
    The verdict was overall very good; this shoe is cushioned to the max, making it super-comfortable for longer runs.
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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Along with the paired use of responsive N2 technology, the 1080 provides plenty of cushioning for the long haul.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    The 6th version of the shoe sees a huge upgrade with the introduction of Fresh Foam cushioning technology, which utilizes convex and concave hexagons to help enhance sponginess and firmness in specifically targeted areas of the shoe.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    You have a breathable engineered mesh upper with really lightweight synthetic overlays on top of that to give you some added durability while still allowing your foot to breathe and stay nice and cool while you're out there on your run.

Updates to Fresh Foam 1080 v6

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v6 features a major update in its midsole construction. The midsole from the older version was replaced by the new Fresh Foam midsole that delivers soft underfoot cushioning.

The upper was also improved. It used new materials and the tongue was totally changed. It was attached to both sides of the upper and has a lot of padding, as well as the collar.

Fresh Foam 1080 v6 size and fit

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v6 is still available in standard running shoe length. The midfoot, forefoot and heel provide a universal fit. This shoe is available in different widths – narrow, medium, wide and extra wide.


The Ndurance carbon rubber in the shoe’s outsole gives durability while the enhanced blown rubber increases responsiveness and cushioning. The outsole also has flex grooves that gives added flexibility in the forefoot.


The midsole features the new Fresh Foam midsole that replaces the old New Balance midsole technologies. The Fresh Foam delivers a soft and smooth cushioning.


The upper covers of the shoe delivers maximum breathability and the bootie construction of the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v6 delivers a soft, comfortable fit. Its seamless construction reduces blisters and irritation. The brand’s Fantom Fit provides supportive fit without adding too much weight.


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