New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v11

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The New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v11 is an all-round sturdy trainer to go the distance comfortably.


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The do-it-all daily trainer that ensures a comfortable and lively long-distance ride
New Balance shoes have been around for what feels like forever. Solid and dependable, the brand has a reputation for shoes that guarantee stable and steady performance. The brand’s latest daily trainer is no exception, offering a highly padded shoe designed for longer hauls and daily runs. Enter the New Balance 880 v11–available in a lovely robin’s egg blue color–that’s consistent across 5ks and (half-)marathons alike.

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.
Value for money
  • 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



Heel to toe drop

10 mm

Heel stack height

32 mm

Forefoot stack height

22 mm


Weight (men)

272 g/9.6 oz

Weight (women)

244 g/8.6 oz

Release year


Bounce (1-5)

3 – Moderate

Softness (1-5)

3 – Moderate


10K, Half marathon, Mid distance, Marathon, Long distance




Daily running

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  • 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?

Yes, athletes who ran with this shoe confirmed that it fits regularly. Therefore, you can buy your standard size for running shoes. However, if this your very first pair of New Balance shoes, it’s recommended to test them in-store to be safe.

Is the New Balance 880 v11 suitable if I overpronate?

Yes, this model should be suitable for everyone. Indeed, it’s a neutral running shoe. As such, it tries to suit all runners independently from their pronation type. It doesn’t feature stability aids to correct the stride and help with overpronation. Nonetheless, let’s remember that stability shoes are no more effective than neutral shoes to prevent injury. Consequently, we recommend choosing your running shoes according to their comfort, the most important criterion. To summarize, you can run with the New Balance 880 v11 even if you are an overpronator if they are comfortable.

Is this a shoe for heavyveight athletes (198 lbs/90 kg or more)?

Yes, this shoe should typically be a good fit independently of your weight. Indeed, The New Balance 880 v11 has a 32 mm heel stack height, which is enough to support most people, so it should be suitable even if you’re a heavyweight runner.

Is this model adapted to run a marathon?

First of all, let’s note that the most important factor in choosing what shoes to run with during your marathon competition is your personal preference. If you can run without any issues at your marathon target pace over mid to long distances with your shoes, it should be all good. At any rate, the 880 v11 has a 32 mm stack height, which provides a good amount of shock dispersion over long runs.

Is this shoe waterproof?

These shoes are available in two versions: standard and GTX. The standard version is designed to prevent minor water infiltration and dry quickly, while the Gore-Tex version offers better protection and keeps your feet dry even in heavy rain. However, the latter is more expensive and heavier.

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!

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    The do-it-all daily trainer that ensures a comfortable and lively long-distance ride.

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