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New Balance Fresh Foam 980

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  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Experience the rejuvenating rush with each billowy soft, yet stable stride you take in the innovative Fresh Foam 980 from New Balance®!
  • Built for the neutral runner.
  • Breathable air mesh and synthetic upper materials.
  • No-sew overlays hug the foot in all the right places.
  • Plush tongue and collar.
  • Breathable fabric lining offers a great step-in feel.
  • Molded foam insole supplies light underfoot comfort.
  • Revolutionary Fresh Foam midsole is created from a single piece of foam that promotes an exceptionally plush, and more natural ride.
  • Differential: 4 mm
  • Full-ground contact, blown rubber outsole adds just the right amount of cushioning, and helps deliver a smooth ride.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 8 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 8.5, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

87% Felt true to size
  • 0% Full size too large
  • 0% Half size too Large
  • 87% True to size
  • 7% Half size too small
  • 7% Full size too small
67% Felt true to width
  • 67% Felt true to width
  • 33% Felt narrower than marked
  • 0% Felt wider than marked
73% Moderate arch support
  • 20% Excellent arch support
  • 73% Moderate arch support
  • 7% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Experience the rejuvenating rush with each billowy soft, yet stable stride you take in the innovative Fresh Foam 980 from New Balance®!
  • Built for the neutral runner.
  • Breathable air mesh and synthetic upper materials.
  • No-sew overlays hug the foot in all the right places.
  • Plush tongue and collar.
  • Breathable fabric lining offers a great step-in feel.
  • Molded foam insole supplies light underfoot comfort.
  • Revolutionary Fresh Foam midsole is created from a single piece of foam that promotes an exceptionally plush, and more natural ride.
  • Differential: 4 mm
  • Full-ground contact, blown rubber outsole adds just the right amount of cushioning, and helps deliver a smooth ride.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 8 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 8.5, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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New Balance Fresh Foam 980

Average rating is 4 out of 5 from a total of 15 reviews.

Top Positive Review

5 people found this review helpful.

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Comfort
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I have been on an odyssey to find a good running shoe. At this point I have a whole running shoe graveyard going - and it ain't pretty. Where I've ended up is that I need a lower drop shoe but with cushioning. These are the latest and my absolutely favorite pair hands down. These do feel like slippers on your feet. The uppers are the most comfortable uppers I've ever had with a running/athletic shoe bar none. I have a wider foot and I went up 1/2 size and got the regular width and they are more than fine. I usually wear a 6.5 Wide and I got a 7B and they are fine. The heel fits snugly - no slippage. The cushion is great and not so cushy that I feel like it is marshmallowy. I know many like that but it throws my form off completely. I'm 5'1" and about 130lbs. I've used these from 1 mile to solid 11 mile run's (I do Run/Walk) and they've been perfect for every distance. Sometimes my achilles is a bit sore when I start my run but by a mile in it's fine and everything is good. These really make my form much better - I can run longer, faster, and I don't hurt much after. No real aches other than just from slowly increasing running at my age (almost 50). In my rotation (not in order of preference) I've got Hoka One One Conquest, Saucony Kinvara, Saucony Ride, Saucony Virratta, Asics Gel Nimbus, Salomon Cross Trail, Brooks Cascadia, Brooks Ghost, and Altra Torin. The NB Fresh Foam is better for me than all of these. My second level fave's are the Hoka's, Altra's, Brooks Cascadia and the Saucony Ride. The Hoka's feel great except I don't always feel stable and they are very narrow in the toebox. They are not cushy like other Hoka's which is a plus for me. The Altra's are very good but I feel almost like I am "slapping" the pavement. The Cascadia I use on trails and find very comfy and the Ride is very good but I cannot use for long runs or my achilles will be killing me the day after. After that you have the Nimbus, Ghost, Virratta, Salomon Trail, and the Kinvara. The Nimbus is my fave walking shoe but too cushy/squishy feeling for running. The Ghost is okay but kind of generic. The Salomon also is fine. I expected to love the Kinvara and it is fine for my 5K's. Otherwise it is just too hard and I don't find it cushioned enough for longer runs. I haven't seen any non blogger review the Fresh Foam 980 so I wanted to get this up. I bought my pair (no freebies for review or anything) in a bit of despair because, though I love the Hoka's and all my races are longer one's in April, I just felt like it affected my form and the toe area after 8 or so miles was feeling off and uncomfortable. I'm not one to be totally up on the whole science behind things. I do know a more minimal drop is best for me as I have done much better with the lower drop shoes. You can get more technical info from other sources. I just know the NB 980 is the most comfy shoe and I can run my 11 mile run's without pain and walk the next day and with very good form (which helps to be pain free). I absolutely love them!

Read more » « Show less April 7, 2014 by Joellen
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Top Critical Review

1 person found this review helpful.

Overall
Comfort
Style

Okay, I finally got the right size (they run small). They are very soft inside, not much arch support either. But the worst thing is that, for the price, they seem very cheaply made. The tongue of the shoe is not made well and rubs on the instep. I will return and get a different brand.

Read more » « Show less April 16, 2014 by Susan W
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5 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I have been on an odyssey to find a good running shoe. At this point I have a whole running shoe graveyard going - and it ain't pretty. Where I've ended up is that I need a lower drop shoe but with cushioning. These are the latest and my absolutely favorite pair hands down. These do feel like slippers on your feet. The uppers are the most comfortable uppers I've ever had with a running/athletic shoe bar none. I have a wider foot and I went up 1/2 size and got the regular width and they are more than fine. I usually wear a 6.5 Wide and I got a 7B and they are fine. The heel fits snugly - no slippage. The cushion is great and not so cushy that I feel like it is marshmallowy. I know many like that but it throws my form off completely. I'm 5'1" and about 130lbs. I've used these from 1 mile to solid 11 mile run's (I do Run/Walk) and they've been perfect for every distance. Sometimes my achilles is a bit sore when I start my run but by a mile in it's fine and everything is good. These really make my form much better - I can run longer, faster, and I don't hurt much after. No real aches other than just from slowly increasing running at my age (almost 50). In my rotation (not in order of preference) I've got Hoka One One Conquest, Saucony Kinvara, Saucony Ride, Saucony Virratta, Asics Gel Nimbus, Salomon Cross Trail, Brooks Cascadia, Brooks Ghost, and Altra Torin. The NB Fresh Foam is better for me than all of these. My second level fave's are the Hoka's, Altra's, Brooks Cascadia and the Saucony Ride. The Hoka's feel great except I don't always feel stable and they are very narrow in the toebox. They are not cushy like other Hoka's which is a plus for me. The Altra's are very good but I feel almost like I am "slapping" the pavement. The Cascadia I use on trails and find very comfy and the Ride is very good but I cannot use for long runs or my achilles will be killing me the day after. After that you have the Nimbus, Ghost, Virratta, Salomon Trail, and the Kinvara. The Nimbus is my fave walking shoe but too cushy/squishy feeling for running. The Ghost is okay but kind of generic. The Salomon also is fine. I expected to love the Kinvara and it is fine for my 5K's. Otherwise it is just too hard and I don't find it cushioned enough for longer runs. I haven't seen any non blogger review the Fresh Foam 980 so I wanted to get this up. I bought my pair (no freebies for review or anything) in a bit of despair because, though I love the Hoka's and all my races are longer one's in April, I just felt like it affected my form and the toe area after 8 or so miles was feeling off and uncomfortable. I'm not one to be totally up on the whole science behind things. I do know a more minimal drop is best for me as I have done much better with the lower drop shoes. You can get more technical info from other sources. I just know the NB 980 is the most comfy shoe and I can run my 11 mile run's without pain and walk the next day and with very good form (which helps to be pain free). I absolutely love them!

I'd also recommend: Hoka One One, Saucony, Altra

Fit Survey

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Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • from Washington, D.C.
1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Like others, I found this shoe too short and narrow. It also tapers in and down in the toe area, pressing my big toe in, and pressing down on the toe nail. Very uncomfortable. It's cute, but not for me.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a half size smaller than marked

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt narrower than marked

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • from Boston
1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!
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Okay, I finally got the right size (they run small). They are very soft inside, not much arch support either. But the worst thing is that, for the price, they seem very cheaply made. The tongue of the shoe is not made well and rubs on the instep. I will return and get a different brand.

I'd also recommend: Asics

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a full size smaller than marked

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

No arch support

  • from Columbus, Ohio
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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There is a lot of cushioning in this shoe and the ride is smooth and consistent. I wear a true women's 12n and needed to go up to a 12. So it does run narrow in the toe box like everyone is saying. The 12 is going to be one of my running shoes with the Men's Altra Olympus.

I'd also recommend: Altra

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt narrower than marked

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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This is a great shoe! I have problems with sneakers. I wore the Mizuno Wave Rider for years until it was changed so much that I could barely walk in it. Then the Brooks Ghost for awhile until that no longer worked. I struggled for some time thereafter and quite by chance started wearing this one. So far, so good. Great support and cushioning for me. I have a fairly neutral fit, no problems with pronation. I use this shoe for jogging, walking and treadmill work. I love the grey color which is odd because I generally prefer a white shoe. This seems to go with everything.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Excellent arch support

  • from North Carolina
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