In 2020, the New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v10 became one of the most popular daily trainers. A near-perfect everyday running shoe that catered to a wide audience. People fell in love with the comfortable fit, lightness, and support. It became the perfect middle ground for individuals seeking the premium cushioning benefits found in maximalist models, without all the added clunkiness.
Flash forward a year to the release of the version 11, and the popularity of the series seems to keep growing.
It’s not often you find a shoe that's used by both aspiring Olympians, casual runners and everyday walkers, but the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11 is that unicorn shoe.
We caught up with two locals, Canadian 800m runner Lindsey Butterworth and R&R staff member Suzi Taylor, to share their experiences using the shoe. Two individuals on different journeys, with different destinations yet both on the same path— the Fresh Foam 1080v11.
Canadian 800m runner Lindsey Butterworth laces up her New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11 ahead of an early morning training session. The 15th ranked 800m runner in the world is vying for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team later this summer. Lindsey relies on the New Balance 1080v11 to handle the rigours of her training.
‘Super light! - I can’t believe how light they were able to make them without affecting the cushioning.”
"I wear the 1080 for almost all of my workouts. Easy runs, long runs, fast speed endurance workouts, and even some workouts on the track.
“I think anyone looking for a reliable and comfortable running shoe should try the 1080s. It’s built to handle a lot of mileage and is quite a bit lighter and sleeker on foot compared to other premium cushioned models. I think a lot of people would be amazed at what they could do in this shoe.”
An avid runner in her day, Suzi Taylor now enjoys the outdoors a little differently. Weekend long runs are now replaced with long walks along Richmond’s dyke. Suzi relies on the 1080 daily.
“They fit like a glove! So light, so soft— I don’t even know they are on.”
“I use the 1080s for all daily walks. I feel more bounce when I’m walking and less impact on my joints. When I put these shoes on, I feel like I can walk for hours and the longer I can walk, the more I get to enjoy the outdoors. That’s why I love my New Balance 1080s. They put the spring in my step!”
"I think anyone looking to take a bit of stress off their body without having to be in a really clunky running shoe should try the 1080s. You don’t need to be a superstar runner to enjoy the benefits of all its cushioning.