New Balance streamlined the upper on the 1080 v9 by removing some of the overlays from the engineered mesh. By stripping the overlays, designers cut about half an ounce of weight from the v9 compared to the New Balance 1080 v8 and gave it a stylish new look.
After praising the performance on long and recovery runs, one Fleet Feet tester said, “Aside from being a great running shoe, if you’re looking for a casual work or travel shoe and know you’ll be on your feet all day, these would be perfect.”
That redesigned double jacquard mesh upper with a bootie construction is also accommodating. Another tester who has a wider foot says the shoe fit snugly but he didn’t feel any uncomfortable pressure in the normal width shoe while logging miles.
One tester noted a slightly shallow heel cup, and another experienced a bit of heel slippage but solved it with marathon lacing.
Overall, the fit is comfortable over long runs—or just long days on your feet.Shop Women's New Balance 1080 v9