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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 air mesh upper
  • No-sew material application
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    Overall Product Rating

    3.8 / 5
    17 Reviews

    65% of reviewers recommend this product

    1 of 17

    High Instep? Don't Buy It Because 4E Is Not That Wide

    July 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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    2 of 17

    Let down

    June 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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    3 of 17

    Great running shoe that looks awesome!

    June 14, 2014 by | Buckhead, Atlanta, GA, USA

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

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "I have never written a review before but felt it necessary after having bought these shoes. I have been running in the minimus/barefoot style shoes for the past 3-4 years and as much as I like the feel, it is putting a hurting on my knees. So, I decided to go with something with a bit more cushion. From the moment I ran my first mile in these shoes, I wanted to run further! I think they look great and are very comfortable. I primarily run on hard surfaces with a lot of elevation changes and these shoes feel great while doing so."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    4 of 17

    Not for me

    June 12, 2014 by | Castro Valley, CA

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

    "I purchased these with great anticipation as I run exclusively on hard surfaces. Unfortunately, the foam just does not work for me. My feet are always sore after a run of more than four miles. Due to my wide foot and high arch, I use New Balance exclusively and, until this pair, have always been very satisfied with the shoe. The only reason I can figure out is that they are too flat for my running style. I knew they were flat going in, so it has been a good learning experience for me."

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    Comfort: 2 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    5 of 17

    Great shoe for running on hard surfaces

    May 28, 2014 by | Oakton, VA, USA

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

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "I'm not much for one to run on the road, but in these shoes running on the road isn't all that bad. I would definitely recommend this shoe for running on the road or on any asphalt or other hard surface. Just as a warning at first you might not notice it…at least I didn't but after about mile 3 or 4 I noticed that the shoes start to feel a bit tight up top. It's nothing severe nothing that really bothered me, it was just more of a "Huh these feel snugger than I originally thought…what ever.""

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    Comfort: 4 / 5

    Style: 3 / 5

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    Re-purchase Likelihood Probably Would Not Purchase Again Would Purchase Again