Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most runners liked the new look of the New Balance 1340.
  • It has a multi-density polyurethane insert that gives support, flexibility and comfort.
  • The 1340 features a blown rubber outsole for impressive grip.
  • The shoe utilizes a rubber compound for durability especially in high wear parts.
  • It has extended web technology that gives additional midfoot support, additional stability and average pronation control.
  • Some runners liked the wider toe box of the New Balance 1340 v2.

3 reasons not to buy

  • An expensive pair of shoe for some runners.
  • Others found the New Balance 1340 v2 heavy.
  • Some runners felt that the upper is not as breathable as the previous versions.

Bottom line

The New Balance 1340 v2 is a running shoe designed for overpronators. It has impressive motion-control technologies that help runners survive mile after mile of rigorous training. With this shoe, long-distance runners will be comfortable and in control while running. However, there are also a few aspects of the shoe that needs to be improve. In summary, the New Balance 1340 v2 is an average-performing motion control shoe.

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Good to know

  • The New Balance 1340 v2 comes up with a completely revamped outsole to make up for past issues regarding traction of the past model. Featuring a bigger diamond-shaped configuration that extends all the way to the crash pad, New Balance essentially guarantees a more confident run the road and even on light trails.  The shoe's performance when it comes to stability is comparable to that of the New Balance 990 v4 which is also known to deliver good motion control support.
  • An improvement over the first version is the strategic placement of overlays so the upper provides support right where the runner needs it and freedom in most of the areas. The forefoot does not have the same number of overlays, while the heel gets a boost in support. These changes provide more forefoot flexibility, additional room, and at the same time, ramp up the support of the heel.

New Balance recalls the fit of the original 1340 in the 2nd version. It has standard heel and forefoot rooms and a snug midfoot. Most runners will find the fit perfect for their needs. Available widths are medium, wide, and extra wide. The sizing is also the same as the previous version, which means that it is half a size larger. Sizes are from 7 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.

Like the recent iteration, the New Balance 1340 v3, the 1340 v2 offers the mix of Ndurance rubber in high-wear areas and blown rubber in the forefoot for traction and a little cushioning. The new outsole has diamond-shaped treads running all over the place, including the heel pad.

The midsole is heavily reinforced by cushioning and stability features. New Balance combines the N2 cushioning for its low to the ground responsiveness and midsole durability and the ACTEVA Lite that spans the entire midsole. A full-length ABZORB foam, which is made of Dupont Isoprene rubber and New Balance materials, disperse shocks. These are extremely light midsole foams and are very resilient. Providing stability and torsional rigidity is a TPU shank called the T-Beam. It runs from the lateral to the medial side to hold off overpronation and separates the heel from the forefoot. Another TPU unit called the Stabilicore is located in the heel to the midfoot. It helps hold off rearfoot movement and enhances smoother transitions.

A synthetic mesh provides breathable coverage while the stitched overlays guarantee enduring protection, support, and structure. The Ortholite Sockliner provides step-in comfort and a foot-hugging wrap.


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