The New Balance 1080 is a running shoe that focuses on providing runners with the cushioning and support they want during their runs. It is an update to the New Balance 1064 model. The New Balance 1080 was named by Running Network as the Best Shoe in the neutral category. The shoe has lots of running technology built in that makes it easy to see why it was chosen for this honor.
This shoe was designed for runners with high arches, under pronators, who are big and/or tall, and who hit the ground hard when they run. Their N-ergy system features a reinforced heel that absorbs the shock of impact and disperses it throughout the entire foot. This lightweight elastomer is distributed throughout the shoe to assist in providing arch support. Since the material contains no air cells, it doesn’t break down quickly like other shoes in the same category. The midsole is made from their patented Abzorb FL technology which also contributes to shock absorption.
The midfoot is supported by Stability Web technology that prevents it from flexing. Instead, the Stability Web forces the flex to occur where it should naturally: in the metatarsal. If you suffer from foot pain or are a victim of plantar fasciitis, then you will definitely feel a difference when you wear the New Balance 1080.
Comfort is provided in several different ways. The Dual Density Collar uses soft and firm foam for support and comfort. The shoe itself is made from a synthetic mesh which contributes to comfort and support. The Ortholite foam board helps with ventilation and odor resistance. Additional cushioning is provided by the blown rubber forefoot at the base of the shoe.
Perhaps the most beneficial to runners are the 3M reflective detailing built into the shoe. This enhances safety by keeping you visible to others in low light conditions.
Large runners and those that strike the ground hard were pleased with the newest incarnation of the New Balance. They enjoyed the support and comfort the shoe provided during their run. Some reviewers appreciated the arch support built into the shoe while other felt the forefoot fit loosely.
A few reviewers felt the shoes were uncomfortable to wear. However, they were transitioning from other manufacturers. One reviewer felt that there was not enough cushioning on the ball of their foot and that the shoe was too lightweight. However, they preferred to wear thicker soles.
For the most part, though, the New Balance 1080 received positive reviews from runners and testers alike. They felt the shoe fit true to size and provided good support from heel to toes. The shoe is available in men and women’s sizes in several color styles.