New Balance invites you to experience Runnovation. The New Balance 880 is the fully evolved workhorse of a neutral training shoe and is boasting some impressive updates in shoe technology. Words like Acteva, Fantom Fit and Abzorb Crash Pad can make shoe geeks super excited but don’t tell us a lot about what the shoe actually feels like, so we are going to break it down for everyone. The cushioning in the 880 has been completely revamped with an improved midsole and crash pad, meaning a soft ride and a shoe capable of taking impact on the run. The reduction in stitched overlays on the upper make for a secure and lightweight fit over the top of the foot. The blown rubber forefoot has increased flexibility as well as the neoprene stretch tongue, improving fit without having to yank the laces too tightly.
Completely durable and weighing in at just 8.05 oz for the women’s shoe and 9.4 oz for the men’s, the 880 is light without sacrificing cushion or comfort. The heel to toe drop is 12mm, which is comparable to other neutral trainers.
To get a feel for how the shoe is performing, we asked one of our staff members to test it out and give us some feedback. A runner for more than 25 years, Mimi lists her favorite places to run around town as Castlewood and the Al Foster Trail, as well as “the track” at the West County Big River store. She agreed to test out these updated 880’s and share her thoughts on how the shoes stack up.
What shoe do you normally train in?
I normally train in the Hoka Clifton or Adidas Boost.
What are some of the features of the updated New Balance 880 that you like?
The cushion is lightweight and responsive, with more blown rubber for a better transition. The upper has a better fit as well and doesn’t slip on the heel.
How does the overall fit feel?
The overall fit is good, the forefoot is still wide enough but not sloppy and it is more flexible. The 880 has the right amount of arch support for the neutral runner.
Color scheme and design – is it good, bad or okay?
I really like the colors for both the men’s and women’s shoes, especially the bright blue for men.
If you could change one thing, what would it be?
I really wouldn’t change anything; I think New Balance did all the tweaks they should have. I recommend this shoe to any neutral runner.