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Shoe Review - New Balance 1080 V10 (Lucy Bowden)

New Balance 1080 V10.


I’ve been in the NB 1080 five times through – starting with V9 and now currently wearing V10 which was released late 2019.

It is interesting working within The Running Company how many clients ask what I run in and why. We are all different. However, being able to discuss why and how I came to decide on the New Balance 1080 as my everyday worker, walker and runner helps reassure people they are in the right place to find the perfect shoe for them.

In the past I have struggled with server bursitis between the toes on both feet. The cause, a long-time horse riding which puts pressure on the forefoot along with wearing narrow riding boots and incorrect fitting running shoes the issue soon arose.  

After a gait analysis and trying on several brands of shoes, the new Balance 1080 was a game changer. The wider toe box and softness under foot was the perfect combination to help settle and prevent my bursitis flaring back up.

Personally, version 10 has one notable change from the previous model. Slipping into the shoe you’ll find a more secure fit with the new hypoknit upper, resulting in a firmer locked in heel. I found the upper and heel security prevented lace locking where I found the previous model needed this.

The Fresh Foam cushioning is softer and more stable than the previous model holding up nicely under the gait analysis test. With a lot of pavement around the Sunshine Coast the softness of the 1080 is a great choice for those wanting some give.

From my experience in-store, walkers and runner who draw towards the Nike Free ‘feel’ will love the comfort the New Balance 1080 offers without compromising on support and durability.