New Balance 1080 Sizing Photos & Fit Guide [Fresh Foam X]


This New Balance 1080 Sizing Guide uses direct comparison photos where I put my 1080 shoes next to other popular shoes so you can see the difference in sizing. I will also discuss things like weight, width, flexibility, heel drop, and sole height. After trying these shoes, do New Balance 1080 shoes run big or small?

New Balance 1080 shoes fit true to size for most people. However, some people find that the 1080 fits just a little bit larger than their normal shoe size regarding length. If you prefer a snug fit, you may need to size down a half size. This is where you can see comparison sizing photos for the 1080.

I ordered my normal sizing, and they fit comfortably. But when I compared them to other similar running shoes, the 1080 did fit just a tiny bit longer (photos below for both men and women). These shoes are very comfortable to wear.

Let’s start this New Balance 1080 Sizing Guide by looking at the direct side-by-side comparison photos of my New Balance 1080 shoes compared to other popular shoes. Then let’s discuss how other design specs of this shoe differ from other options.

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New Balance 1080 Sizing Photos for Men

All photos below use a size 12 for men’s comparison photos and a size 7 for women’s comparison photos. The photos below start with men’s sizing. Click here to jump directly to the women’s sizing photos. The exact version used for these sizing photos is the New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12.

New Balance 1080 On My Foot

In the video below, I tried to capture how responsive and “squishy” the 1080 shoes are under the foot:

New Balance 1080 (right) vs Adidas Cloudfoam Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Asics Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Hoka One One Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Nike Air Max Excee Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 Sizing vs Crocs

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New Balance 1080 vs Reebok Classics Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Adidas 2k Boost Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Nike Zoom Winflo Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Skechers Go Walk Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (right) vs 992 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 Sizing vs Brooks Adrenaline

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New Balance 1080 vs Skechers Go Walk Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Saucony Shadow 6000 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (left) vs Propel Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (left) vs Roav Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Under Armour HOVR Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (left) vs 860 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (left) vs 880 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Hey Dude Wally Sox Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Vans Slip On Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Nike Air Force 1 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (left) vs Rebel Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (right) vs 990 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 vs Vans UltraRange Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (left) vs 840 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (left) vs FF More Sizing

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New Balance 1080 (left) vs 720 Sizing

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New Balance 1080 Sizing Photos for Women

New Balance Women’s 1080 (right) vs 880 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Nike Internationalist Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Under Armour Sizing

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Women’s New Balance 1080 Sizing vs Vans Slip On

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Hey Dude Wendy Sox Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Skechers D’Lites Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Adidas Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Nike Cortez Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Nike Air Max 90 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Converse Chucks Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 (right) vs Nergize Sizing

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Women’s New Balance 1080 Sizing vs Keen

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Crocs Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 (right) vs 574 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Nike Air Max 1 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Nike Blazer Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Air Force 1 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Hoka Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Brooks Adrenaline Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Asics Gel Kayano Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 vs Nike Air Huarache Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 (right) vs 860 Sizing

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New Balance Women’s 1080 (left) vs 990 Sizing

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Do New Balance 1080 Shoe Fit Wide or Narrow?

In my experience, New Balance 1080 shoes do not fit too wide or too narrow. This shoe is built using a PL-8 performance last that delivers a standard width that isn’t too wide or too narrow.

Overall, the toe box area is average width. For example, here is my New Balance 1080 compared to my Nike Cortez shoes. The Nike Cortez are well-known for having a narrow, shallow toe box.

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As you can see, the 1080 shoe fits wider than the narrow Nike Cortez.

But the 1080 standard also isn’t noticeably wide. If you have wide feet, these shoes are available in both wide and extra wide.

To get a better idea of how wide these shoes are, below is the width of my New Balance 1080 shoes (standard) compared to the Nike Air Monarch 4E (which is a popular extra wide shoe):

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Below is a photo of me measuring the width of the outsole on my 1080 men’s size 12 shoes:

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These New Balance 1080 width measurements are very standard compared to other types of athletic shoes. It should be noted that the New Balance 1080 midsole does flare out, which means the width measurement above won’t be a direct indication of how wide the shoe fits.

Do New Balance 1080 Shoes Run Big or Small?

When I compared the New Balance 1080 Shoes to other types of popular athletic-style shoes pictured above, I found the fit to be very similar. They do fit a little bit longer than the 860 and the 880. I ordered my normal sizing and they fit comfortably, but if you are in-between sizes, it may be best to size down.

To read more about sizing, visit my article Do New Balance Fit True to Size?


How Much Do New Balance 1080 Shoes Weigh?

My size 12 men’s New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 shoes weigh 0.77 pounds per shoe. If you want to compare these shoes to other Fresh Foam options, visit my article that discusses the different types of New Balance Fresh Foam shoes.

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Recently I tried over 30 different types of New Balance shoes. Even though these shoes are lightweight, New Balance does make other types of running shoes that weigh even less. To read about how these shoes compare to other New Balance shoes, visit my article that discusses New Balance shoe weight.

New Balance 1080 On Foot

Here I am wearing my New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 shoes, which I found to have a true-to-size, comfortable fit:

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Are New Balance 1080 Shoes Breathable?

Yes, the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 shoes are breathable. Here is a close-up look at the breathable material on my 1080 shoes:

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However, it should be noted that these shoes are not as breathable as other types of New Balance running shoes. For example, here I am holding my 1080 shoes up to the light:

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There isn’t any light passing through the material.

But compare that to the New Balance FuelCell Rebel, which I think is the most breathable New Balance shoe that I tried:

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You can actually see light passing through the shoe.

The main takeaway is, yes, expect the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 to be breathable, but I think there are more breathable options made by New Balance (Propel, Rebel).

How Flexible are New Balance 1080 Shoes?

Flexibility can play a large role in the fit and comfort of a shoe.

The New Balance 1080 shoes have a very flexible design that feels responsive on my foot. In the video below I tried to capture how flexible these shoes are:

After trying over 30 different New Balance shoes, I thought these New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 shoes and the New Balance FuelCell Rebel shoes were the two most flexible.

Do New Balance 1080 Shoes Fit Tall?

New Balance 1080 Sole Height

I found the New Balance 1080 sole height for my size 12 shoes to be approximately 2 inches tall near the heel. Overall, this is a very standard heel height that is very similar to other types of running shoes.

In the photo below, I tried to capture the heel height, and the overall height of the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 shoe:

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New Balance 1080 Heel Drop

When I measured my New Balance 1080 shoes using an 8-inch Digital Outside Caliper, I found the heel to toe drop to be approximately 8mm.

Here I am measuring the heel drop of the New Balance 1080 shoes:

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**It is important to understand that although I tried my best to get accurate measurements, the best way to measure heel drop is to cut the shoes in half and use an industrial caliper. Obviously, I didn’t want to destroy my shoes, but this is a convenient alternative way to measure the New Balance 1080 heel drop.

The point is, think of this number as an approximation. For all official measurements, it would be best to reach out to New Balance directly.

The heel drop won’t affect how the New Balance 1080 shoes fit, but it can affect how comfortable it is for you to use. To read more, visit my article that discusses the New Balance 1080 heel drop and how it compares to other options.

Do New Balance 1080 Shoes Fit Comfortable?

In my experience, the New Balance 1080 shoes have a comfortable fit that is very lightweight and flexible. I actually think these 1080 shoes and the New Balance FuelCell Propel shoes are the two most comfortable types of shoes that New Balance offers (880 would be third).

To read more, visit my article Are the New Balance 1080 Shoes Comfortable?

New Balance 1080 Padding

The New Balance 1080 shoes do have padding around the collar and tongue which helps create a comfortable, but dependable fit. Here is a look at my New Balance 1080 shoes near the collar:

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Does the New Balance 1080 Have a Removable Insole?

Yes, the New Balance 1080 has a removeable insole in case you need to clean or swap your insole. Here is a look at the removable insole in my New Balance 1080 shoes:

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How Thick is the New Balance 1080 Insole?

I measured my New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 insole to be slightly under a quarter-inch thick. This insole thickness is comparable to many other types of New Balance shoes.

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1080 Comparisons

To get a better idea how New Balance 1080 sizing compares to other options, visit my articles linked below:

New Balance 1080 vs 990

Fresh Foam New Balance 1080 Sizing Conclusion

In my experience, the New Balance 1080 sizing is true to size. However, some people find that this shoe runs a bit larger than normal shoe sizing.

The New Balance 1080 shoes have a regular width that I would describe as not too narrow nor too wide. These shoes are available in wide sizes.

If you want to compare the 1080 to other similar types of New Balance Fresh Foam running shoes, visit my article about the New Balance Fresh Foam 860 and my article about the New Balance Fresh Foam 880. To compare it to another popular running shoe, visit my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 Sizing Guide.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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