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Fresh Foam 980

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Experience the award-winning cushioning and smooth ride of the Fresh Foam 980 running shoe. With a lower midsole for a more natural underfoot feel, the Fresh Foam is incredibly soft yet stable, with breathable mesh upper for miles of cool comfort.
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Feel the science of soft with Fresh Foam, an innovative midsole created from a single piece of foam that provides a lower, more natural underfoot feel. Developed using specialized design software, this lightweight men's running shoe also features breathable air mesh and simple no-sew overlays that wrap the foot in the right places. A full-ground-contact, blown rubber outsole complements the shoe's cushioning and delivers a smooth ride. The New Balance Fresh Foam 980: incredibly soft yet stable.

Awarded “Best Ride” in the Competitor Magazine Spring Shoe Guide (March 2014)
Awarded “Best Neutral Running Shoe” by Running Network (March 2014)
Featured in Prevention Magazine's "2014 Awards, Sneaker Buying Guide" (April 2014)
Features
  • 4 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 4 mm drop are approximate
  • Blown rubber outsole
  • Breathable mesh upper
  • No-sew material application
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    Introducing Fresh Foam

    Can a running shoe be both plush and high-performance? The Fresh Foam 980 is a neutral cushioning shoe, unlike anything you've ever stepped into before. It's a new technology that combines a more natural drop with a plush ride. Intelligent design just got smarter.

    Explore the science of soft

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    Upper


    Learn more about Fresh Foam's streamlined upper from Claire
    Wood, New Balance's senior footwear product manager.

    Midsole


    Discover how our work in 3D Printing led to the design of
    Fresh Foam, helping contribute to its plush feel.

    Outsole


    For Chris Wawrousek, lead designer at New Balance,
    creating Fresh Foam's outsole all starts with the software.

    ESPN’S “PLAYING WITH FRESH FOAM”

    Training is hard, but Fresh Foam is soft—unabashedly so. Watch ESPN’s Kenny Mayne get together with Team NB’s Jenny Simpson and Dustin Pedroia for a day of off-season training. Hilarity ensues when they switch sports and step into new shoes.

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    We surprised runners across the country and collected feedback. Their responses were equally as surprising.

    Learn more about the Fresh Foam Movement

    Explore The Science of Soft

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    Overall Product Rating

    3.6 / 5
    22 Reviews

    59% of reviewers recommend this product

    1 of 22

    The best of both worlds.

    11/29/14 by | Cranberry

    • Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
    • Miles with Product: 20+ miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 20+ miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "I have been running in the Saucony Kinvara and Adidas Boston for years. When I went to my local running shop to get a fresh pair of both shoes the New Balance Fresh Foam caught my eye. When I asked the representative about the features of the shoe I was very impressed to find out about the same heel toe offset as the Kinvara and the shoe offered a bit more cushioning than the Boston, but the same firm feeling. After training in the shoe a few times I fell in love. Not only is the shoe substantial enough to use on my long runs but the low offset allows me to do tempo runs in."

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    2 of 22

    No fresh nor foam

    10/21/14 by | Bedford, tx

    • Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
    • Miles with Product: 20+ miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 16-20 miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    "This is the worst running shoe I have ever used. Not flexible and very poor on the cushioning scale. Don't waste money on this shoe. Your more than likely to develop an injury with this shoe. My lower legs always were a little sore after running in them. I gave this shoe more time than I should have hoping it would break in a little. It just does not fit the NB standard."

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    Comfort: 1 / 5

    Style: 3 / 5

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    3 of 22

    like running in slippers

    10/5/14 by | Petaluma, CA

    • Used Product For: 2-4 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 20+ miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 20+ miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "Out of the box I ran a 10k then the three day Ragner relay. No blisters and the best times that I have ever ran. Great shoes if your not a heavy guy, comfortable and light. Just bought a second pair for the shelf why the first pair wear out! Great shoes and I honeslty thought they would fall apart quickly."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    4 of 22

    strange sizing

    9/29/14 by | Delaware

    • Used Product For: 2-4 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 0-5 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 20+ miles
    • Primary Activity: Other

    "long time NB user. i feel like i've tried every Cushioned shoe made in a 10 2E. was excited when i saw the fresh-foams 'cause i can't fit the Hokas. no clue what NB did with the fit on these. a 10 2E was no where near right. i understand the lower instep could make the width seem narrower but even the length was off. very odd. so, i never got to try them. bummer. size appropriate or temper your expectations. DS"

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    Comfort: 2 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    5 of 22

    Tough and comfortable

    9/14/14 by | Philadelphia pa

    • Used Product For: 8 or more weeks
    • Miles with Product: 20+ miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 11-15 miles
    • Primary Activity: Other

    "Not only did I do most of my cross fit training in this shoe I also ran the spartan and cmc in the same pair! They functioned well, held up to nonstop abuse and are extremely comfortable. I am now onto my second pair as the first pair earned their retirement. My single complant is that they are not Made In The USA."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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