New Balance 880 V14 Review

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The Latest shoe in New balances 880 range is the apathy of reliability. The new balance 880 v14 is everything I would want from a daily trainer and then some. There is nothing that is ultra unique about this shoe but that doesn’t take away from the master piece that it is.

In this New Balance 880 V14 Review I will be taking you through every detail of the shoe I have logged over 100km in.

Cushioning

A good level of cushioning is an essential component of a great shoe. A cushioned midsole helps relieve stress from the joints and provides support that makes long distance runs much easier.

Support

Good support is essential for all runners, so it is very important that when buying trainers an individual buys running shoes that have enough support. That may look different for all runners but it is important to consider.

It is important that a supportive running shoe provides a stable platform and reduces the risk of potential injuries.

Durability

I believe that it is important to buy shoes that have been built to last. If you are going to spend your own money on shoes then they should stay in good working condition for many months to come.

Fit

Making sure your shoes fit properly is very important as if a shoe is too big it can cause the shoes to start to rub against you feet causing blisters and other discomforts. By not having a shoe that fits it will also get rid of the possibility of a comfortable run.

Breathability

Breathable materials in the upper part of the shoe helps keep the feet cool and dry during runs. This is because it helps prevent the build up of sweat and moisture in the shoe which reduces discomfort and irritation when running.

A breathable upper shoe enhances comfort and can be a life saver when running in hot days as it helps prevent overheating. This makes shoes with this feature an excellent choice as well as a comfortable fit.

Value

Running shoes can get really expensive and if you are someone that runs a lot you will have to keep coming back to buy more. This can really add up which is why I have added cost to the list of important factor.

Energy Return

There is no better feeling than being propelled by a responsive running shoe. A running shoe should that gives energy back to the runner can make all types of runs feel so much nicer. This category is even more important in race day shoes.

Price: £113

Weight: 261 grams

Stack Height: 33mm

Usage: Daily Trainer

Pros

  • Good energy return
  • stable
  • Different width options available

Cons

  • Nothing from this shoe is massively unique
  • Energy return: 9/10
  • Durability: 9/10
  • Support: 8/10
  • Grip: 10/10
  • Style: 9/10
  • Speed: 7/10
  • Versitility: 8/10
  • Value for money: 9/10
  • Upper breathability: 9/10
  • Comfort: 9/10
  • Width: 10/10
Overall Rating: 87/100

My First Impressions of the shoe

As soon as I saw this shoe I could just tell that it was going to be good. I have slightly wider feet so I really liked being able to order the wider version of the shoe. When I tried them on for the first time I was pleased to find that the wider version left my feet with a lovely amount of room.

For my first run in these shoes I took them out for a 8km easy run and I was impressed with the comfortable ride that these shoes allowed me to have. I did enjoy running in these shoes but there was nothing that really stuck out at me to justify the price tag.

Why you should buy the shoe

If you are looking for a good quality daily trainer that will help you through almost any type of run. It is breathable, comfortable and very versatile which is why I think that this would be a great option for many different types of runners.

Why you should not buy the shoe

I think that this is a great shoe but to be quite honest with you there isn’t really anything that special about it. It is just another shoe on the market that does a relatively good job in many areas but it is quite expensive and I am not sure it is worth it for some.

Upper of the shoe

The upper of the shoe was up to standard. The fine mesh was very breathable and it kept my foot nicely snuggled inside of the shoe for almost all of the runs I used it for.

Foam of the shoe

The foam on this shoe was actually very bouncy and it was still very stable. This made for a comfortable and smooth ride that continued throughout all my time with the shoe. It was good but just like this shoe as a whole was not very remarkable.

Sole of the shoe

The sole of this shoe was very average. It had some okay traction, the durability was actually quite good and on the whole it was a solid finish to the shoe.

Conclusions to this New Balance 880 V14 Review

To conclude I think this shoe is a good option for many but there are no defining features that would justify the price of £140. That being said this is actually a good shoe that would suite many different runners out there.

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