Who should buy the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 is a neutral road running shoe for those who want quality cushioning to keep them comfortable throughout the day. This shoe is recommended if:

  • You want a cushioned running shoe that can accommodate any type of footstrike pattern
  • You need a long-distance running shoe that is able to support your moderate to high arch

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 Fresh Foam print

Updates to the Fresh Foam 1080 v7

  • Extended mesh upper to make the coverage more breathable than the previous version
  • Fresh Foam midsole gives a plush cushioning for a comfortable running experience
  • Two rubber compounds in the outsole work hand-in-hand for traction and protection

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Flexible platform of the Fresh Foam 1080 v7

Blown rubber is a durable material that has a responsive disposition. On top of its capability to deliver traction, it also adds a bit more cushioning and it keeps the platform flexible.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 blown rubber

The Ndurance carbon rubber is placed in the rear section of the outsole. This highly durable material protects the rear and lateral sections of the sole unit, particularly since those are the areas that are mostly exposed to impact shock and abrasion.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 Ndurance

Flex grooves are added to the forefoot area. They make the platform more flexible and agreeable to the natural movement of the foot.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 flex grooves

Plush and responsive cushioning

The midsole unit makes use of the Fresh Foam technology. This full-length foam material offers plush cushioning and responsive performance. It’s efficient and long-lasting. The Fresh Foam is also present in the 1080 v9 and other running shoes from New Balance.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 Fresh Foam midsole

A cushioned insole is placed on top of the main mid-sole unit. It can be removed or replaced, depending on the preference of the wearer. 

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 cushioned insole

Robust, yet still comfortable

Engineered mesh is a material that evokes the look of cloth. Compared to the one used for the previous version of the 1080, this material has a more robust construction, thus heightening durability. It’s still breathable and flexible.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 engineered mesh

The Fantom Fit is made up of two materials that have been put together through a process that didn’t require stitching. This system essentially makes the runner feel like wearing a second skin. It’s soft and smooth, so it won’t cause any irritation or discomfort.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 Fantom Fit

The Asymmetrical Heel Counter holds the heel in place and prevents the foot from collapsing as it takes each step.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7 heel counter

The Cleatie Construction makes the interior cover system irritant-free. With this, runners are given the opportunity to wear the shoe without socks.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.9oz / Women 9.2oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11
Forefoot height: 20mm
Heel height: 28mm

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Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.