New Shoe Review: 880v7 from New Balance

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Is 7 your lucky number? If so, you just might have hit the jackpot with the newest neutral cushioned trainer from New Balance. The 880v7 is a run-specialty only training shoe you can find in-store at your local CRC!

The Tech

The 880v7 is a neutral shoe, which means it has all the comfort without the added weight of supportive features. The 7th version of the 880 utilizes FantomFit, which is an upper material free of stitching with no-sew overlays. The bottom of the shoe features a blown rubber outsole for added cushioning and durability while the midsole cushioning is comprised of TRUFUSE. (That's a fancy name for their new cushioning system.) Also, if you've been paying attention to your shoe's drop lately, the 880v7 has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop. All you really need to know is that it feels soft on your feet!

You can find the 880v7 in a variety of colors at CRC: Black/Red and Vivid Cobalt for men, as well as Vivid Ozone and Light Porcelain Blue for women. More good news: the 880v7 is available in wide widths.

Similar Shoes

The NB 880v7 fits well alongside many other options in the neutral cushion category. The Brooks Ghost 9 is a very popular model that feels just a tiny bit softer than the 880v7. Nike has the Pegasus 33, which is a little bit more firm. If you've tried either and are looking for an in-between, the NB 880v7 should be on your list.

The Feel

Megan Snyder, you're the next contestant on "How Does This Shoe Feel on My Foot!" Megan, come on down! Give a hand for Megan everybody! *crowd cheering*

"My first impression is that the 880v7 has only improved from the previous version, so anyone who liked the v6 should definitely try the update. The upper is more flexible and gives the toebox a much roomier feel. And the shoe is so light, which surprised me a little since it's not considered a lightweight trainer. There's plenty of cushioning despite the minimal weight, though, which would make me confident in choosing the 880 as the shoe to use for the bulk of my weekly mileage."

Why Run-Specialty Only?

I mentioned before that the New Balance 880 is "run-specialty only." So what the heck does that mean? Well, it means that New Balance designates some products for great places such as CRC because the product is so premium and in a class of its own. The 880v7 definitely fits this bill. So if you're looking for a daily mileage shoe that is soft and cushioned with a premium feeling upper material, check out the NB 880v7 at your nearest CRC.

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Evan Schwartz spends his time running the roads of central Ohio and managing the Short North CRC. When he isn't brainstorming the "next great thing," he is geeking out over all things running shoes.

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