New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v11
The New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v11 is an all-round sturdy trainer to go the distance comfortably.
Shock-absorbing and responsive, we’d expect nothing less from the midsole of such a classic brand’s running shoe. It’s not overly cushioned despite the high stack (32 mm under the heel), but it’s padded and moderately soft. It’s the versatility of the 880’s midsole that makes it a good option for everything from tempo work to daily runs. Meanwhile, the upper is more refined and breathable than previous New Balance models, engineered with Jacquard mesh. It also keeps feet effectively locked in throughout any ride. The outsole is purportedly much like the v10, with an above-average grip that’s durable and not overly stiff.
Runners really didn’t have much that was negative to say about the 880 v11. A few noted that it was too heavy for their taste; others remarked that it wasn’t plush enough for them. The shoe shed some weight since the last version to reach 272 g/9.6 oz., which is quite reasonable with its high stack. All in all, it's a very standard, dependable shoe that performs exactly how you’d think it would. It’s the same caliber as previous New Balance models and is great for runners seeking longevity without breaking the bank.
The 880 v11 is now available at a standard price point, and most runners will find that it gets the job done for their daily training sessions. It’s not the most unique, stylish, or fantastic trainer, but it’s probably one of the safest, most reliable options out there.
- Good comfort
- Versatile shoe
- Effective and lively high stack cushioning that's not overly soft
- Sturdy build
- Classic trainer for runners who don't like rockered shoes
- Heel counter a bit stiff, according to some runners (watch out if you have Achilles issues)
Model: New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v11
- Blown rubber: a resilient and flexible rubber that ensures effective traction on city surfaces.
- Fresh Foam X equips the midsole. This new version of the famous foam by NB is lighter and gives a more energetic bounce.
- The midsole also features a molded sockliner that enhances step-in comfort and helps with regulating moisture.
- The New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v11’s upper is a double engineered jacquard mesh that comfortably and securely locks in the foot inside the shoe while letting it breathe, especially when it’s warmer.
- The molded external heel counter prevents heel slippage and enhances the foothold.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Does the New Balance 880 v11 fit true to size?
Is the New Balance 880 v11 suitable if I overpronate?
Is this a shoe for heavyveight athletes (198 lbs/90 kg or more)?
Is this model adapted to run a marathon?
Is this shoe waterproof?
Comparisons – New Balance 880 v11 vs:
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11
See the side-by-side comparison.
New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v11
The 860 is the stability alter ego of the 880. As such, it features a similar configuration but with support features to guide your foot and prevent it from rolling outwards while running. As a result, it’s a lot heavier (60 g/2.1 oz!) and not as smooth in terms of ride. We would only recommend the 860 over the 880 if support shoes are the only solution for you not to get injured. Note: to date, there’s no scientific proof that such shoes can reduce injuries but some people report that they work for them, so why not!