Looking for board feedback here, because it’s really impossible to find correct information about running shoe technology on the internet. As such, my question is this:
How long have New Balance shoes sucked for?
I always ran in New Balance all through high school and college, and I religiously logged miles on the 880 series of shoes. The last real good pair of 880s was the v9, which they stopped making in 2019. I managed to still find these until about 2021 and bought up a stash to keep running in. I never had to think about those old 880s. I did everything from sprint work on the track in them to 15 mile long runs as well as cross training. It was just a good solid, firm, durable, cushioned shoe that had a lot of traction. Once those shoes wore out (I pushed the last pair to 760 miles!), I had to give in and got the 880 v12 with “Fresh Foam.” Fresh Foam is complete garbage. These shoes made it 160 miles before it felt like the foam was fully compressed and the high stack height and heel drop made it feel like I was wearing women’s heels and gave me the sensation of running on my toes. With the huge stack height and overall softness, I now have chronic peroneal tendinitis in both legs.
A second question: does New Balance or any other shoe company make anything equivalent to those old 880s? I’m having a terrible time finding anything that doesn’t have ridiculous stack heights and soft foam. I don’t want a minimalist shoe, but I do want a good solid piece of rubber under my feet that I can do a lot of different athletic activities in, including going on hour+ runs.
Im currently trying On, and they’re ok. Pretty decent for running, but maybe a little firm. No way am I cross training in them or playing in the yard with my kids though, because bye bye ankles!
Let me know your thoughts on what shoes I should look into.