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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
  • Size Chart
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    Overall Product Rating

    3.8 / 5
    20 Reviews

    60% of reviewers recommend this product

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    like running in slippers

    October 5, 2014 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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    2 of 20

    strange sizing

    September 29, 2014 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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    3 of 20

    Tough and comfortable

    September 14, 2014 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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    High Instep? Don't Buy It Because 4E Is Not That Wide

    June 9, 2014 by | NY

    • Used Product For: 6-8 weeks
    • Primary Activity: Other

    "I have bought New Balance shoes for years and am disappointed that the 4E -- which was plenty wide in other running shoe styles from NB -- is not wide enough in this style. While this shoe looks really good, it's not great for comfort. I use orthotics and have always been comfortable in other NB shoes. After wearing these shoes on an elliptical trainer four times a week for an hour, I have begun to feel a pain in the bottom of my foot and may just trash them. I would return them if it was within 30 days of the purchase."

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    Comfort: 1 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    5 of 20

    Let down

    May 28, 2014 by | Denver, CO, USA

    • Used Product For: 4-6 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 20+ miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 20+ miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    "I was incredibly excited for these shoes! I run in minimus 10v2 for my road and MT110 for my trail running. The thought of getting a little more cushion under my road trainers was a welcome thought. However when I first got them and laced them up I noticed that the tongue to the shoe was extremely large (no biggie) and mildly uncomfortable. Once I was in the first few miles, which it actually didn't take me that long to realize this; the foam isn't near as soft as it is claimed to be. Its actually rather stiff. I typically order my shoe size in a 2E and am extremely happy, these however are incredibly narrow, to where the 2E doesn't work well for me in this model, and the toe is extremely pointed which is super uncomfortable for my big toe. The last part to this may be just me and the shoe profile that I'm used to running in but after every run I attempt in the FF980 I have pretty intense hip pain for 3-4 days after word... Looking for a good trainer/running shoe, New Balance has tons of them just not this one."

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    Comfort: 3 / 5

    Style: 4 / 5

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