Running shoes have gone through a revolutionary storm in the past few years, as new materials, designs and construction techniques have changed everything for the better. Now that the tempest has passed, lighter, more flexible, stabler, faster and ultimately better-fitting and more comfortable models have emerged. Instead of prescriptive categories, new models are blurring the lines as runners can choose to feel the ground or float over it. Among the many highlights are new, more resilient midsole foams and flexible, dynamic uppers. Find your new favorite pair here.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080
Highlight: Soft, stable and supremely smooth
Fit-Feel-Ride: New Balance continues to evolve its Fresh Foam neutral shoes using data derived from a wide range of runners. (That data helps create a stride with more flow, smoothing the foot’s transition between touchdown and takeoff.) Our wear-testers loved the thick, soft cushioning of this edition and the extra-wide footprint. One of the biggest changes to this shoe is the addition of flex grooves in the midsole and outsole that help increase flexibility and lend a smoother heel-toe transition. This edition also has a new engineered mesh upper that offers both greater flexibility and comfort, while an interior bootie fit system helps keep the foot in place. Our wear-testers loved the comfortable interior and stable ride of this high-mileage workhorse, noting its slightly wider footprint and locked-down fit.
Heel-to-Toe Offset: 8mm