Written by

Brandon Law

Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
The 1080 is New Balance's flagship neutral, max cushioned trainer; the 880 is New Balance's mid-tier neutral, versatile trainer. Here we will be comparing the two trainers.

Both the 1080v10 and the 880v10 have received major updates. They both have new Hypoknit uppers, Fresh Foam X midsoles and new outsole configurations. The 1080 has always been the most cushioned New Balance shoe for long runs while the 880 has been a shoe for all types of runs.

The 1080v10 costs $150 and weighs 9.5 oz. The 880v10 costs $130 and weighs 9.9 oz. Which of these two shoes is the right choice for you?

Similarity and differences: Fresh Foam 1080v10 vs Fresh Foam 880 v10

Fresh Foam 1080v10

Fresh Foam 880 v10

Expert score
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9.5 oz
9.9 oz
Heel Drop
8 mm
10 mm
The New Balance 1080v10 is a high mileage neutral trainer designed for runners looking for maximum protection with a fairly firm ride.

A durable shoe, runners should expect to get a full 500 miles out of the 1080v10 without seeing much breakdown in the cushioning or the upper.
The New Balance 880v10 is a versatile trainer that hits almost all of its marks. From the regular run to the long distance, this shoe can cover it all.
Who is it for
The 1080v10 will work for any type of runner, beginner, enthusiast, or high mileage runners.

The neutral design and responsive cushioning should work for most runners, but will be especially appreciated by high mileage runners looking for a a shoe for their easy days and long runs.
This shoe is designed for people logging high mileage or going for slower runs. This shoe can fit most runners, and is a great beginner shoe.
Recommended for
Daily training, long distance racing
Daily training
Cushioning type
Cushioning amount
Highly cushioned
Medium cushioning
some stability
some stability
true to size
true to size
Retail price

Sole unit: Fresh Foam 1080v10 vs Fresh Foam 880 v10

Both the 1080v10 and the 880v10 have Fresh Foam X midsoles but the difference is that the 1080v10 has a thicker midsole stack height than the 880v10. The 1080v10 is 30mm in the heel and 22mm in the forefoot. The 880v10 is 28mm in the heel and 18mm in the forefoot. The Fresh Foam X midsole of the 1080v10 is also a slightly softer density.

The 1080v10 with its slightly softer midsole is better suited to longer runs while the 880v10 with its firmer midsole is more versatile and is better for shorter runs.

There is a big difference in the shapes of the two midsoles. The 1080v10 has a high toe spring designed to roll you through your stride. The 880v10 has a flatter, more traditional midsole.

Stability is better in the 880v10 as a result of its firmer midsole and it’s flatter shaped midsole. The 880v10 also has an external heel counter for extra rearfoot support and structure.

The outsoles of both shoes have harder rubber on the rearfoot and toe areas with softer blown rubber on their forefoots. The difference is that the 880v10 has blown rubber on its midfoot while the 1080v10 has exposed midsole foam on its midfoot. The 880v10 has the more durable outsole.

Transitions in the 880v10 are smoother than in the 1080v10 as results of its midfoot being covered in rubber. The 1080v10 has better ground feel and softer landings due to the exposed midsole foam on the outsole.

Upper unit: Fresh Foam 1080v10 vs Fresh Foam 880 v10

The 1080v10 has a Hypoknit knitted upper which is softer and more stretchy than the Hypoknit found on the 880v10. The tongue of the 1080v10 is generously padded and has no tongue slide thanks to the tongue being attached on both sides to the midsole of the shoe. The 1080v10 has an Ultraheel which flares away from the achilles and locks your heel securely in place. There are also double last-row eyelets for a more secure fit. The 1080v10 fits true to size and is available in narrow, regular, wide and extra-wide versions.

The upper of the 880v10 is also the Hypoknit knitted material which is soft and comfortable but it is thicker than the 1080v10’s upper so it runs warm. It has a chunky external plastic heel counter for heel support that makes the shoe heel-heavy. The 880v10 runs true to size and comes in regular, wide and extra wide versions.

Which one to buy: Fresh Foam 1080v10 vs Fresh Foam 880 v10

If you’re a runner looking for a long distance, max cushioned shoe, get the 1080v10. The 1080v10 has a comfortable upper with great foot lockdown, a Fresh Foam X midsole with deep cushioning that doesn’t feel mushy and an outsole with excellent ground feel.

If you’re a runner looking for a more versatile shoe that can also handle shorter runs, get the 880v10. The 880v10 has a great upper, a balanced Fresh Foam X midsole and a more durable outsole. That 880v10 is also $20 cheaper than the 1080v10 but weighs more.

This expert review is written by

Brandon Law

Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Brandon is a South African who lives and trains in Singapore. He is a marathon runner who eats, sleeps and dreams running shoes. While most people wear shoes to run, he runs to wear shoes.

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