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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$150
Weight
Men: 10.4oz
Women: 8.7oz
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 36 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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81 / 100 based on 35 expert reviews

  • 74 / 100 by RunRepeat • Kyle Jang • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 52 / 100 by TheGingerRunner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 84 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Dave • Level 3 expert

    It feels that good and it feels that resilient. It shows no wear on this shoe at all.

  • 92 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    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 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    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 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    And if your feet are wide, then the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 may suit you better than the Brooks Glycerin 13.

  • 81 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 79 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    A dramatically improved upper finally delivers a plush fit that matches the well-cushioned ride of the 1080.

  • 88 / 100 by Sportskeeda • Kredy@Kredy10 • Level 4 expert

    Overall, this great running shoe offers unmatched levels comfort for everyday runs and training. 

  • 82 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Kevin Fonger • Level 4 expert

    This shoe has stayed pretty consistent over the years and the V6 doesn’t go too far from the past models. 

  • 80 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    The updated Fresh Foam 1080 v6 provides a soft, yet responsive midsole, was designed to support your individual foot strike.

  • 60 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 expert

    Unfortunately the Fresh Foam cushioning still felt to firm and the upper caused rubbing issues on the inside of my foot.

  • 87 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Impact Magazine • Level 3 expert

    These shoes will make you want to run forever!

  • 85 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Austin Bonds • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Running Monkey • Sean Conway • Level 3 expert

    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 / 100 by Fleet Feet Sports • Fleet Feet Sports • Level 3 expert

    Runners can enjoy this unique ride offering generous plush cushioning on a singular platform.

  • 80 / 100 by The Runner Beans • Charlie • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 78 / 100 by Gear Institute • Mandie33 • Level 3 expert

    The Fresh Foam 1080 is a great high mileage shoe that is ideal for the neutral runner that enjoys a plush ride.

  • 72 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Shoe Ranger • Level 3 expert

    Where it will lose out is fit specifically at the intersection of mesh and very thick saddle in the forefoot.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World UK • Runner's World • Level 2 expert

    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 / 100 by The Sport Review • The Sport Review • Level 2 expert

    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 / 100 by Independent • Max Benwell • Level 2 expert

    Highly cushioned and flexible, they’re some of the best value running shoes out there – whether you’re a casual or serious runner.

  • 80 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Mike Stone • Level 2 expert

    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 / 100 by Taking Jelly Babies from Strangers • Derek Fraser • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Tigeress Lifestyle • Tigeress Lifestyle • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Fleet Feet Sports • Stevven Anderson • Level 1 expert

    After my first run in the shoe I fell in love with it.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Northwest • David Valentine • Level 1 expert

    The combination of flexibility and cushioning leads to more relaxed feel during runs. 

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's Tribe • Runner's Tribe • Level 1 expert

    It's not a stability shoe, but [has] very stable ride. And my feet are thanking me for it. They're feeling great.

  • 84 / 100 by iRun • iRun • Level 1 expert

    It will get you comfortably through your long runs and it will look great doing it.

  • 82 / 100 by Gear Geek • Linconln Shryack • Level 1 expert

    The balance feels to break at the right points under the foot not feeling too bulky or hindering mechanics.

  • 80 / 100 by Triathlon Magazine Canada • Kevin MacKinnon • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Runners Radar • Runners Radar • Level 1 expert

    The verdict was overall very good; this shoe is cushioned to the max, making it super-comfortable for longer runs.

  • 80 / 100 by Run Society • Nathan Lin • Level 1 expert

    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 / 100 by Runners Edge • Runners Edge • Level 1 expert

    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.

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Updates to New Balance 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.

New Balance 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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.