New Balance M1080v4 Running Shoes (2E Width)
- FantomFit - A skeletally engineered upper that provides lightweight support and a custom fit. It is created by fusing two extremely thin materials with a no-sew process that eradicates seams, overlays and the number of potential fail points.
- ABZORB® Crash Pad - Provides consistent shock absorption.
- Outer Material: Synthetic
- 8mm Differential - A lower, more natural profile encourages a more efficient gait.
- T-BEAM - Midsole shank which improves torsional midfoot stability and flexibility.
- Abzorb® Strobel Board - Increases the shoe's overall cushioning ability by continuing to support the foot as it progresses way from the heel strike and toward the forefoot toe off.
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The New Balance M1080v4 Running Shoe's N2 Cushioning system reduces the amount of material underfoot, but continues to deliver cushioning scores equal to or better than shoes with traditional midsole heights. The airmesh upper has been redesigned to offer better breathability and comfort, with a no sew construction that instead employs a series of welded, synthetic overlays; the fit is even better than before, with a shape that hugs the foot superbly. A T-Beam support shank adds durable, torsional midsole stability and ultimately prevents the shoe from twisting throughout the midfoot region. The shoe's principle cushioning ability is provided through an ABZORB® Crash Pad and Abzorb® Strobel Board technology blend. The former serves as an initial shock absorber in the heel to yield a soft, cushioned heelstrike that continues through the gait cycle as more pressure is placed upon the latter.
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The M1080 is a fine quality running shoe which one would expect from New Balance. Super lightweight and comfortable. The video will tell you the rest.
Product mentioned: Superfeet Men's Orange Premium Insole
I wear a 4E (one width wider than normal). The best way to tell if you need a wider shoe is to look at your shoed foot while standing and use your hands to feel if the sides of your foot are kind of bulging over the edge. They may feel OK if they're bulging a little, but they'll never feel as good as when you get the wider shoe that you need!
I can see how runners who do not use orthotics may have some problems with the NB 1080v4. The shoes with the factory insert seem to make the feet lean into the arch that for me predicts immediate knee pain during running. The "T-beam" stability feature in the middle sole is supposed to help with stability and arch support, but I couldn't feel the arch support. Of course there are potential problems with any type of off-the-shelf running shoe. I don't see how runners can get by without orthotics unless they have shoes constructed just for their feet. For 42 years I've used the rule, fix the shoe with orthotics as soon as I feel pain in forefoot, arch, heel, Achilles, shins, knees, hips, or back.
I have felt no pain and have had good performance with this model during LSD, hills, and speed training. I'm looking forward to the Parkersburg ½ Marathon in August and I'll report on the shoe performance after the race. I recommend the NB 1080v4 given the limitations I just described.
UPDATE: I ran a 2 mile race at Parkersburg on August 16 - had to move down from the 1/2 marathon to the 2 mile because of a hamstring problem in July. The shoes worked great. I came in 3rd in my age group (no hamstring problem at that distance) and then we walked around town after the race during the annual festival. The NB 1080v4 shoes were excellent throughout the day. These are my new standard running shoes.
My main go to running shoe is the Saucony Pro-Grid Triumph series...I've been using different iterations of that shoe for several years. So whatever I say here is comparing this shoe to that line.
This NB shoe is lighter than the Saucony. Weight is one important thing I look for in a running shoe. I also look for overall comfort. This shoe is loaded with that. NB's approach to running shoes IMO can be summed up in one word - FOAM. (Saucony is the same.)
Every part of the shoe from the toe box through the arch and to the heel is well padded and gives good support. I wonder how they do this and keep the shoe so light?
Each time I take a step I can feel my foot sink into the foam and spring out. The tongue is also nicely padded and makes the upper fit comfortably when I lace up.
The heel is firm and does not allow lateral movement, and I think that's important.
Most of the time I like to tie my running shoes only tightly enough to hold the shoe on my foot, not really crank it down like I do when I play soccer or basketball. When I tried lacing this shoe up lightly and then walking there was noticeable slippage at the heel and there was uncomfortable rubbing along the posterior end of my arch where it joins the heel. However, when I tightened the laces these issues largely disappeared.
Shoe color? I don't really care, this Silver/Red option is fine, but the most important part to me is that there are reflective surfaces on the shoe that can show up in headlights if I am out before dawn or after dusk.
General recommendation - if you are looking for your first pair of running shoes, I strongly recommend that you buy a pair that is one size larger than the shoe size you are used to buying. This is because your feet will swell as you run and you will want/need the extra space.
All in all this is a good shoe.