I have run in a lot of NB shoes over the years and several versions of the 890, 1080, and 1400, but somehow have never stepped foot in the 880 and haven’t really any good reason why.

That said I was excited to finally have my chance, especially this version that NB claims to be the softest 880 yet and was also very curious about the feel of the dual density midsole.

Unboxing it for the first time I was pleased with the simple design, colorway, and upper material.

My first steps in the shoe were superb, soft, and comfortable. The shoe felt true to size with a relaxed upper that gave no indication of any problems.

My first miles in the shoe were pleasant with nothing that gave me an “oh my “ moment just a dependable daily trainer, but let’s dive into that a little bit deeper.

New Balance Fresh Foam X 880 v12 Sole Unit