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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 women'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

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    Overall Product Rating

    4.2 / 5
    16 Reviews

    88% of reviewers recommend this product

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    Fresh Foam 980s are my favorite shoes!

    11/6/14 by | Boston, MA

    • Used Product For: 8 or more weeks

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "I have had three pairs of the 980s and love everything about them from the colors to the comfort. Nothing better than going for a long run in them! They're quite stylish and I've gotten quite a few comments at the gym about how great they look!"

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    2 of 16

    uncomfortable toe box

    10/22/14 by | Fairhope, Alabama

    • Used Product For: 2-4 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 6-10 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 11-15 miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    "I've been a NB 880 wearer for years. Decided to try the Fresh Foam for a change. Did not like this shoe! The toe box is too flat, and is especially uncomfortable on my big toe where it mashed down on my toenail. Not a good feel on a run. Had to give them away since NB won't take shoes back any longer."

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    Comfort: 1 / 5

    Style: 4 / 5

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    Sorry Fresh Foam, I want my 1080s back

    10/15/14 by | Lakewood, CO

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

    "I've been running in 1080s for a few years and New Balance for 10+ years. I love New Balance, and have been very happy with all of their running shoes up until now. I decided to give these shoes a shot, new technology, cool! When I run in these shoes the toe box slaps the ground in a funny and very loud manner. The shoes are fairly stiff and the cushioning does not reflect the name of the shoe, "Fresh Foam". My knees and ankles hurt after only a few weeks of use. Sorry to have spent so much money on a shoe that I am only willing to put 100 miles on. Can't wait to get my next pair of 1080s."

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    Comfort: 2 / 5

    Style: 4 / 5

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    The Fresh Foam and Fresh Foam Trail have a fraying issue

    10/9/14 by | Texas

    • Used Product For: 4-6 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 0-5 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 0-5 miles
    • Primary Activity: Walking

    "On my second pair of Fresh Foam and both have frayed after 45 days. This happens on the outside of the shoe at the forefoot flex point at the welds. The welds rub the fabric to the point they begin to fray and it progresses to the point the fabric will rip. Like the comfort and the 4 mm drop. They help my knees from hurting. I use these for light walking and around town. I am not a heavy runner at all."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    5 of 16

    Very Comfortable Shoe

    5/17/14 by | Winston-Salem, NC, USA

    • Used Product For: 6-8 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 20+ miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 20+ miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "I bought the Fresh Foam 980 a couple of months ago when my former running shoes wore out. These are definitely the most comfortable running shoes I've owned. Have run 2 half marathons in these shoes. Just bought a second pair so that I can alternate pairs each day. My only complaint with this shoe is with the shoe laces. They have a tendency to come untied...even when I double knot them. The laces seem to be slick and don't stay tied. I had to stop during my last half marathon when the left shoe came untied."

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    Comfort: 5 / 5

    Style: 5 / 5

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    Easy to Put On Not Very Easy Very Easy
    Stays on Feet Well Falls Off Too Easily Stays on Well