Limited Edition Fresh Foam 980

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The science of soft meets the sport of running. Delivering award-winning cushioning and a smooth ride, the Limited Edition Foam Fresh 980 is incredibly soft yet surprisingly stable, with a lower midsole for a more natural underfoot feel.
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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: it's unlike anything you've ever stepped into, and now available in limited edition colors.

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)
  • 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



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


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


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


    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.


    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

    5.0 / 5
    1 Reviews

    100% of reviewers recommend this product

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    Excellent Shoe

    5/30/14 by | Macon, GA

    • Used Product For: 2-4 weeks
    • Miles with Product: 16-20 miles
    • Avg Miles Per Week: 16-20 miles
    • Primary Activity: Running

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    "These shoes are insanely comfortable! I was having some trouble with plantar fasciitis... a guy at RunFit Sports recommended these shoes b/c they have a flat bottom that eliminates the stress on the back of my arch. He could not have been more right. Within two days I was pain free. I will continue to buy these shoes as long as they are made... regardless of how ugly I think they are :)."

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