Verdict from 4 experts and 22 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The mix of synthetic and mesh in the upper unit provides a reliable and breathable coverage for the wearer.
  • Runners appreciated the minimal stitching in the upper as it helps to extend the longevity of the material.
  • A lot of testers noted that the 880v6 retained its durability even after months of use.
  • The different color options make it more appealing to those who want to have a running shoe that has heightened aesthetics.
  • The fit was just right for a lot of runners who have tried it.
  • More padding in the collar and tongue helps to secure the foot and lock it down well.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were some testers who felt that the 6th version of the 880 was a bit tight when initially worn and that it didn’t undergo the “breaking” period until after a few uses.
  • Some runners noted that it was a bit stiff for daily training.
  • Others thought that the toe box was narrow, causing blisters to those who have wider forefeet areas.

Bottom line

The 880 v6 from New Balance takes runners to new horizons with improved components in the forefoot area, a more open fabric in the upper for breathability, and reliable cushioning for well-supported trainings. It’s a solid choice for neutral runners.

Tip: see the best running shoes.

Expert reviews:

User reviews:

Video reviews

Good to know

  • The New Balance 880 v6 encourages more air to enter and keep the foot cool and dry. Shifting away from the upper design of the 880v5, this one places its overlay system on the lateral and medial sides of the mid-foot. Most of the front mesh is free from covering, thus providing a well-ventilated running experience for runners.
  • The holes in the upper unit are more visible for this iteration. It certainly highly promotes breathable coverage, thus making the shoe more comfortable in hot conditions and for longer runs.
  • The collar and tongue has more padding in this version, so it can secure the foot in it and keep it snug at all times. This added mechanic prevents accidental shoe-removals or slips.
  • The forefoot area of the sole unit was slightly raised for the New Balance 880v6. Its purpose is to provide an increased springiness in the forefoot section for a more efficient toe off phase. High quality cushioning systems with bouncy qualities make the propulsive toe-offs possible.
  • A thicker Blown Rubber outsole with rounded pods on the surface gives additional cushioning while providing responsible traction and protection.

The New Balance 880 v6 is true to its size, just like the 880 v8. Runners will be able to choose the correct size that suits their preferences. It has a medium width when it comes to its heel and mid-foot sections. The toe area is from medium to narrow. It can surely accommodate those with medium and narrow foot shapes.


Blown Rubber is a high quality material that makes up the outsole unit of the 880 v6. It’s been frequently used in this series, but for this model, New Balance has changed the design of the outsole surface. Now, it has circular pods instead of flat sections, which was meant to allow a bit more propulsive cushioning on top of the durable protection and traction.


The ACTEVA™ is a highly engineered compression molded foam that’s 24% lighter than most mid-sole foams. It offers durable cushioning that doesn’t lose its structural integrity even after multiple uses.

The ABZORB® foam is a highly resilient and reliable material. It features a mix of Dupont Engage Isoprene rubber and New Balance’s own materials for long lasting and efficient performance during each run. This foam can be found separately in the forefoot and heel areas, therefore providing shock absorption during heel striking and toe offs.


Breathable air mesh makes up most of the upper unit of this running shoe. It’s been crafted to allow more breathable properties for a more comfortable running experience. Holes have been strategically placed on the upper to let air in and maintain a well-ventilated interior for the runner.

The overlay system on the lateral and medial sides work with the lacing system to help the wearer customize the fit to match their needs. When the shoelaces are adjusted, the overlays react and affect the upper fabric to follow the tightness or looseness of the laces.

How 880 v6 compares

This shoe: 72
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £120
£40 £290
This shoe: 315g
All shoes average: 269g
79g 437g
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
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.

jens@runrepeat.com