New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9 Review: New Year, New You, New Shoes!

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9 running shoes are comin’ in hot with a sleek new modern look and heaps of cushion to add more bounce per ounce. 

What They Are:

Super Comfy, Neutral Cushioning Running Shoes

What They Replace:

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9 replace the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v8

Men’s New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9 in White/Black

MSRP: $149.95

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What’s New with Them:

It just may be love at first sight when you see and feel the radically revamped New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9 running shoes. The folks at New Balance did a ton of research and collected data from real runners to dial in the details to create a better look, feel, fit and ride in the 9th version of the 1080v9’s.

The first thing you’ll notice is the move towards simplicity with a sleek engineered jacquard mesh upper for a soft yet supportive fit and airflow for days. The streamlined upper is stripped of all the plastic overlays of the previous version giving these shoes that so fresh and so clean look. New Balance traded the traditional puffy padded tongue and heel for a svelte bootie construction with a molded 3D heel design to lock in your heel and a lightly padded tongue for an improved fit. Not only do they look good, but they feel incredible.

New Balance also changed it up with new fresh foam technology giving this version a bit of a softer feel and a slick new look. The fresh foam midsole is convex on the inner foot to help with slight pronation and concave on the outer foot for soft and squishy landing. Runners have noted that the midsole feels snappier than previous versions creating that perfect balance of soft cushioning with firm responsiveness.

You can’t have a full shoe overhaul without some upgrades to the outsole. While it still has that super cool heat map that shows where the foot creates the most pressure and adds support in those areas, this new version has additional slits in the outsole to create more flex and a smoother transition through your stride.

Women’s New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9 in Cashmere

MSRP: $149.95

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Who They’re For:

If you’re a neutral runner with high arches who loves maxed out cushion then the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9‘s should be at the top of your list. They can also work great for runners who slightly overpronate, but don’t want the support systems other shoes offer. These have just a bit of stability without overdoing it. These are an awesome option for all you mileage maniacs looking for everyday workhorse running shoes that can get you through your miles in comfort and still look good hanging out.

Why You Want Them:

  • A sleek new redesign with super comfy and breathable engineered jacquard mesh upper
  • A softer yet springier fresh foam midsole to launch and cushion your stride
  • A sophisticated zonal outsole that gives more cushioning where your feet produce the most pressure


Level 5 Maximum Cushioning

COLORS: Oh Yeah! 3 rad colors options each for men and women

Men: Black/White, Grey/Navy, White/Black

Women: Black/White, Cashmere, White/Black


Men’s 11.1 oz  | Women’s 9.9 oz



Want to know for sure if the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9 are the right shoes for you? Take 2-3 minutes to run through our online SHOE FIT FINDER. You can also call 800.551.5558 or drop by your hometown store and we’ll guide you through your personal fitting.

Author bio: Laurel Winterbourne is a mom, surfer and outdoor enthusiast. She finds her freedom on big mountain adventures, family camper road trips and lots of travel. Laurel is half of the Clarkbourne Creative duo and is a copywriter, adventure travel writer and photo producer. You can check out more of her work at

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