New Balance M1080v4 Running Shoes (2E Width)

4 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

7 UK Size Chart
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  • 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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  • ASIN: B00L5YJ402
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 21 Jun. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,180 in Shoes & Bags (See Top 100 in Shoes & Bags)

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Product Description

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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Colour Name: OrangeSize: 10.5 UK Verified Purchase
I've bought this shoe as a supplement til my Brooks GTS in order to progress to more natural running with out to much support - it's a very shoe with a lot of cushioning and enough support so that one with mild or even moderate need for support can use the shoe.

And the red version turns heads :)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99a35bac) out of 5 stars 271 reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x999c4e7c) out of 5 stars Made In The USA 23 Jun. 2014
By Steve Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: GreySize: 8.5 UK Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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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

Highly recommended.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc8c048) out of 5 stars Makes the world of difference! 1 April 2014
By Kristin - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm run almost every morning and with these shoes my feet are the last thing to give out. I was running in a pair of New Balance classics and now I realize that if you want to run, you need a running shoe and these are fantastic. My favorite part has got to be the mesh like material, no more sweaty feet!

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!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x999d1180) out of 5 stars Great Fit and terrific comfort 20 May 2014
By Thomas Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been wearing New Balance running shoes since 1980 as I have a wide foot and no other brand makes a wide enough shoe that fits perfectly. These sure fit well and so comfortable. I have been walking them in with a few short runs and these shoes are magnificent.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae3e120) out of 5 stars Good Cushioning, Stability, and Room for Orthotics 3 July 2014
By Gary Severance - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: GreySize: 11.5 UK Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The NB 1080v4 is a very effective running shoe design for runners who use orthotics. The 1080v4 has good cushioning, stability, heel counter design, and plenty of room in the toe box. The forefoot uppers are high with a wide cushioned tongue. I use stiff arch support orthotics, and there is plenty of room in the shoe to insert them without causing excessive tension on the upper foot due to lacing. The outer soles have an "N2 ABZORB" design that greatly absorbs heal shock especially on the downhill sections of runs. The forefoot cushioning and stability provided by "N2 Burst" is not as great, but you can feel the road or trail contours for good balance. The upper material has no overlays at the little toe area that could cause irritation. I've had a problem with little toe pinching with other NB models. The trade off for overall cushioning is a lot of rubber in the outer soles that adds weight to the shoe compared to other NB models I have used. You can get even more cushioning in running shoes from other companies that use gel in the rear, mid, and forefoot sections of the last and outer soles. With them, however, you either sacrifice stability or add considerable weight to the shoes.

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.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x999cd060) out of 5 stars A little slippage at the heel, but all in all a great shoe 18 July 2014
By ARH - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: GreySize: 10.5 UK Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
In full disclosure, I am mainly a casual runner though I have participated in several 5K, 10K, and half marathons, BUT I'm currently injured (knee cartilage tear) so I'm not running at present, though I do walk, and that's the basis for this review...I won't be running again for at least a few months.

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.

Downsides?

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.
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