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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 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
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 10.4oz
    Women: 8.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 30mm
    Women: 30mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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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

Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 31 expert reviews

  • 74 / 100 | Kyle Jang

    New Balance 1080v6: Heavy duty cushioning on a smooth neutral ride

    Looks wise, the 1080 v6 puzzles me. I'm not sure if it's the colors, or the way the sides of the shoe jut out, but I am not a big fan of how the shoe looks.

    All of that combined with the very thick midsole make for a shoe that is strictly for athletic use. I got the black/red which in my opinion looked the best, but there's just something about that neon green they had to add with it.

     

    Fit

    The 1080 v6 is a shoe that comes in a variety of widths, from 2A to 4E. It has a fairly wide mid-foot, which is great for my slightly wide foot. However, the front of the shoe seems to fit narrower due to the last that the shoe uses. I went for my true size in a D width and it has a very accommodating fit for the most part.

     

     

    I had adequate room in the mid-foot, and the front of the shoe was a tad snug. Keep in mind, however, that the shoe does come in widths if your foot is different than normal. Overall, one of the rare occasions where a D isn't snug on my mid-foot.

    Price

    The 1080 v6 has great cushioning, but it comes at a price. At $190 CAD, it is one of New Balance's most expensive running shoes. That is a very high price for a running shoe, and one would expect a premium shoe at $190.

    What is expected isn't exactly what you receive. For $190, this shoe isn't as durable as it could be. It also doesn't look like a shoe that would cost that much. Is it a good shoe? Yes. Is it $190 good? Probably not.

    Performance

    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.

    The midsole uses Fresh Foam, which gives it that nice cushioned feel. Another thing that I personally found with these shoes is that the tread wears out fairly quickly. As you can see in my pictures, the tread has worn out considerably, and I have not worn them very much.

     

     

    Finally, I feel like this shoe should have been given a different name. Old school 1080 lovers will find almost nothing similar to previous versions of the shoes, save for the neutral ride. All in all, a super cushioned and fairly comfortable shoe.

    Conclusion

    The New Balance 1080 v6 is a shoe that uses Fresh Foam cushioning to deliver a comfortable neutral ride. Although the Fresh Foam is nice, the price and looks of the shoe aren't so nice.

    I recommend this shoe to anyone who loves a cushioned shoe, and has a big budget to work with.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 52 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    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.

  • 87 / 100 | 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 / 100 | 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.

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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.