“The men’s 880v7 running shoe is designed to support you for the long haul. Great for going long distances…offering ultra-light support and fit.”
Terrain – road
Arch support – neutral
Weight – 11 oz
Heel to toe drop – 10mm
Blown rubber outsole
Breathable mesh upper
No-sew material application
3D resin screen print on upper
My New Balance 880v7 review. When opening the box, I loved look and design of the shoe. My colors were (according to NB) Reflection with Black and Hi-Lite. The eye test told me gray & black with yellow & lime green accents. The uppers looked sleek and fast though the extra cushioning is visually noticeable.
The New Balance 880v7 felt incredibly comfortable and the construction seems very solid and durable. The seamless upper means a better fit and one less thing to come apart in the future. The upper is also soft, supportive and well made (yep the fits-like-a-glove feel).
The collar and tongue had plenty of padding to keep my foot secure without any heel slippage. Sometimes I wear inserts, to prevent plantar fasciitis, so heel slippage is usually an issue. Not so with this shoe!
Walking around, I could feel the 880v7’s extra cushioning but it wasn’t too plush and shoes felt stable with no wobbling (which I’ve experienced in other big cushioned shoes). Okay, enough talking and walking…now it’s time to take these babies on a run!
Unlike what others of have said, there was no break in period needed with this shoe. They went from the box, onto my feet and out the door with no foot fatigue, soreness or blisters. The New Balance 880v7 felt as comfortable and nearly as responsive as any of my other shoes regardless of mileage.
Some other users complained the toebox was too narrow causing blisters for those with a wide forefoot. Well, I had no such problems (after 90 miles of running) and I have a wide pancake of a forefoot. If you have a wide forefoot, buy a 2E and not the regular D width.
After a month of 20 to 25 mile weeks there was no noticeable wear to any part of the shoe. Though the NB 880v7 is built for the road, I also ran on grass, dirt, coral and once in the mud! The reputation, of durability, in the 880 line seems to hold up in this current version.
Now you may think the generous amount of cushioning and the 10mm heel to toe drop would force you to heel strike. That is not the case. I am a mid foot striker and was able to continue this method with the NB 880v8. This version has less of a heel than previous variants.
Now the New Balance 880v7 may not be the fastest or most responsive out there but the ride is buttery smooth. Running long distances will not be a problem with the excellent breathability of the upper. The NB 880v7 is a solid training shoe with the possibility of dabbling in some races.
So if you are on the lookout for a durable, long distance, neutral trainer with a minimalist upper and a little extra cushioning, give the New Balance 880v7 a try.