The New Balance WT980 is a natural, versatile trail running shoe designed for a neutral foot motion.


The New Balance WT980 absorbs the impact of every step on the trail with its Fresh Foam technology in the midsole while maintaining a natural and fluid stride with its low offset and light weight. The aggressive grip on the outsole gives the traction needed to enjoy any surface while the breathable mesh upper keeps your feet from overheating as you blaze down the trail.

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Weight:  9.2 oz/260.8 g (size 8)

Stack Height: Heel (24mm), Forefoot (20mm)  

How It Fits (based on width B)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Mid-foot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium to low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


  • Fresh Foam delivers plush cushioning for those who want a soft underfoot feel.


  • Blown rubber in the forefoot increases cushioning and responsiveness.
  • Aggressive Lugs are multidirectional to assist in ascending and descending.


  • Synthetic Mesh covers the majority of the upper for durable, lightweight breathability.
  • Synthetic Overlays are strategically placed to wrap the foot for a secure fit.
  • No-Sew upper materials are soft, supple and hold the foot securely on the platform.
  • Traditional Sockliner provides additional underfoot cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.


  • PL-4 is a running-specific last with a standard heel width, toe-box height, and forefoot width.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Grade:

  • Neutral
  • Minimum
  • Moderate
  • Maximum

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm):

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road/Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

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