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New Balance 1080 Review

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 New Balance 1080 Running Shoes Review

New Balance 1080 Running Shoes Review

Neutral runners who want to know more about New Balance’s premier cushioning shoe could read all about it this New Balance 1080 Running Shoe review. It features the model that succeeds the New Balance 1064, which is considered as a top choice in the cushioning running shoe category.

Though it is ideal for neutral runners, it aims to assist traditional heel strikers, as well, with the generous cushioning it provides. It is, likewise, suitable for heavier runners when training, with the support and durability the shoe provides. This running gear guarantees to provide a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off and a soft, cushioned ride to every runner, especially, during high mileage runs. In addition to this, it ensures reliable shock absorption no matter what intensity of pounding you do.


New Balance 1080 is a high mileage, neutral running shoe that is built to deliver performance with flexibility, fit and utmost cushioning. It is ideal for runners that have medium to high arches who don’t need to be corrected for pronation, in any way. As an update of a leading cushioning shoe such as the 1064, the 1080 is redesigned to give an enhanced fit and to give a better feel of the ground for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

With a new performance last, this shoe has a more comfortable midfoot support plus reduced volume in its toe box. This gives a snug fit, which is still more generous as compared to other shoes of the same category.


It has a combination of synthetic and mesh upper that provides both durability and breathability. The latter keeps the foot dry and cool, even during long runs. It makes use of a detachable, perforated Ortholite insole that, further, presents sufficient ventilation and longer-lasting comfort to the foot while letting it resist odor with its antimicrobial properties. It, likewise, supports the entire structure of the foot. It utilizes a dual density collar that consists of firm density foam that offers support and soft density foam to give cushioning to the foot.

It comes with Sure Lace Technology that enhances support at the midfoot area and gives the shoe a snug fit. It has a padded tongue that protects the foot as it gives a more comfortable fit. It has 3M reflective material that presents visibility while running during low light hours such as early morning or night time.


This shoe utilizes N-ENERGY in the heel to give cushioning to the foot during impact. This is a resilient elastomer that supplies sufficient shock absorption and responsiveness to give an optimal ride. It includes ABZORB Strobel Board, situated in the whole length of the shoe, which offers extra cushioning beneath the foot, from the toe to the heel to provide utmost comfort and reliable absorption of shock during impact. It, likewise, makes use of full-length ABZORB midsole material that gives exceptional cushioning to the heel and forefoot as it provides a high return of energy. This softens the impact every time the foot strikes.

It incorporates the Stability Web System in its midfoot that is designed to minimize muscle fatigue. It delivers optimal support while reducing the weight of the shoe. This is made of thermoplastic urethane (TPU) and is situated underneath the arch. This enables torsion, maintains flexibility in the forefoot, prevents excessive midfoot flex and provides a firm but lightweight arch support. This encourages the foot to flex in the metatarsals.


It has Blown Rubber Outsole in its forefoot that, lightly, cushions, giving a smooth ride. This is light and bouncy. Since it is less durable, it is situated in areas that have less wear and tear. On the other hand, N-durance Outsole is included in more high wear areas in the heel to offer more durability for longer use. Furthermore, this supplies cushioning that is supportive, which resists compression in the heel. It comes with flex grooves that add flexibility to the forefoot.


1. It is lightweight and breathable.

2. It gives a snug fit.

3. It offers a soft and well-cushioned ride.

4. It provides reliable shock absorption.

5. It supplies sufficient arch support.

6. It presents generous cushioning.

7. It is flexible.

8. It is durable, making it suitable for heavy runners.

9. It gives a smooth heel-to-toe transition.


1. It gives a stiffer ride as compared to other cushioned running shoes.


New Balance 1080 carries the same reputation of its forerunner, the 1064, as being a premier cushioning running shoe. It has an enhanced upper that intends to give a more, snug and secure fit. It provides the softest, plushest ride with its maximum cushioning that is supplied by N-ENERGY in the heel and ABZORB Stroble Board. Just the same, this gives a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off and reliable shock absorption, respectively.

The shoe is made more durable to last a long time with its N-durance Outsole that is utilized in heel’s high wear areas. It is made more flexible with its Blown Rubber Outsole in its forefoot that is light and bouncy. With Stability Web Technology integrated into its midfoot, muscle fatigue is reduced. This, additionally, supports the arch while preventing the excessive flex of the midfoot.

Every well-liked attribute in its original version is retained while others are enhanced to come up with another winner in the cushioning category. This makes it an ideal shoe for neutral runners who long for maximum comfort with firm support and just the same, suitable for heavy runners with its dependable shock absorption.

The only concern about this shoe is that other runners find it stiff. Nevertheless, this is just very minimal as compared to the performance it delivers and the durability plus protection it provides.

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