New Balance Running Shoes. The Fresh Foam 1080? What’s not to love?
*Disclaimer: I received a pair of the New Balance Running Shoes Fresh Foam 1080 v7 for my review from New Balance. All opinions expressed here are my own.
I have to admit when maximal running shoes first arrived on the scene I was a skeptic. But injury and desperation to find shoes that would keep me running had me open to trying every type of shoe that I hadn’t tried before. Well, okay so I was never a fan of the barefoot shoe movement. I tried a pair once or twice on trails and could not get over the pain as you felt each rock and root underfoot with each foot strike. I also could never to bring myself to try those five-finger running shoes because just putting on socks resembling gloves gave me the creeps . . . but anyways . . . So my quest to find what my feet really needed eventually landed me in the Maximal shoe category. Once I got used to the taller soles and the extra cushion underfoot my feet fell in love.
I have been an endurance sports athlete for awhile now, marathons (road and trail) and most recently the Half Ironman. This means that much of my steps taken throughout the day are taken when I am off and running. On days when I have long runs planned my Garmin ticks out as many as 36,000 some odd steps. This means that the shoes that I wear are of utmost importance. Running in the right shoe is of utmost importance to help keep your joints, ligaments and bones safe from injury. Your shoes should be comfortable and the fit needs to be proper. They should also be durable for running many miles.
Last year I received my first pair of the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080’s when I was a ZOOMA Race Ambassador. Most of the ambassadors were choosing more typical road shoe models but I immediately went towards the Maximal Fresh Foam 1080. I had been running in another brand of maximal shoes and loving them so thought that these might be worth a shot (and they were pretty, because that’s important too, right?!). I dabbled with this shoe last year wearing it for some of my training and even for the ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon in Annapolis, MD. I loved them during the race! Perfect shoes for long miles and so comfortable. After ZOOMA I put them aside until recently needing a switch from my other worn out shoes (too many miles from Half Ironman and NYC marathon training). When I put them back on I knew that I had missed them (if you are a runner you will understand the true love for shoes that can have you buying up 3 pairs of the same model and year of shoe when a company threatens to discontinue).
Fast forward to Boston Marathon training when I received a request from New Balance Running to check out some of their gear including shoes (#thisisboston). First of all, how fun! Secondly, I realized that I could request to try the latest model of the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7. My New Balance running shoes arrived and I was giddy to try them on. There is just something about new running shoes (maybe not the new shoe smell, new car smell is better) but its the spring in your step and the life and energy that they seem to bring back to your stride. Mine are black with white (although to me they look navy?) and there are 3 other great color selections. This shoe retails for $149.99 which seems like a lot but if you consider all the miles you will be running it’s so worth it. Plus I like to think of a good pair of running shoes like an insurance policy for your feet because if you have a good pair you are sure to stay running will without injury (hopefully, fingers crossed!). I have found that one of the reasons I love this shoe is that the wide platform provides good stability for my over-pronating feet. This shoe is ultra comfortable with a plush tongue and mesh bootie construction.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v7, the details!
If you love shoes like the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 then here is a bit more about what else you will love!
- Women’s specific
- Soft and cushioned
- 8mm drop
- Ankle support from the molded foam collar
- Wide Toe Box (If you run long distances your toes will thank you)
- Cushion in the midsole
- Flex grooves in the outsole to provide flexibility
- The shoe is on a wide platform which makes it very stable.
- Plush tongue and mesh bootie construction make this shoe very comfortable.
I have been running in these shoes for a good portion of my Boston Marathon training during this training cycle. The longer I wear them the more I like them as they mold to my foot. I got a good chance to test them out at the Eastern States 20 Miler which was my last big prep race before the Boston Marathon. During the race I had no issues with these shoes so I have decided that I will be wearing the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 at the Boston Marathon this year. Hopefully they will help my feet to fly. We shall see!
New Balance Limited Edition Fresh Foam Zante v3 Boston
Also, don’t miss out on the release of the limited Edition Fresh Foam Zante V3 Boston which can be found on NewBalance.com. You can also find this limited edition Boston Marathon shoe at the John Hancock Fitness & Sports Expo and at select retailers during marathon weekend. Celebrate the City of Boston when you wear this shoe (and any other New Balance and tag it with #ThisIsBoston on social.
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What are your current favorite running shoes? Have you ever worn a maximal or high cushion shoe?