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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Some reviewers commented that the New Balance 1400 Connoisseur has an excellent quality like other New Balance shoes.
  • One reviewer noted that these shoes fit really well.
  • These shoes are comfortable and at the same time good looking, according to a few number of reviewers.
  • Like most 1400s this version is quite light on the foot.
  • The cushioning remains to be top notch and is really good for those who want to be up on their feet for long.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The New Balance 1400 Connoisseur runs small and a bit narrow, as stated by some reviewers.
  • It is slightly expensive.

Bottom line

A proudly made in the USA shoe, the New Balance 1400 Connoisseur is part of the brand's Connoisseur Pack. Its premium materials and excellent craftsmanship are both reflected in the shoe's impressive overall look. It is a great looking shoe that presents a classic style. Not only this, but it also fits well and is comfortable when worn. Though it reportedly runs small and is slightly expensive, it is still highly recommended.



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New Balance 1400 Connoisseur History

The made in the USA New Balance 1400 debuted in 1994 as a follow-up to the New Balance 1300 running shoes after nine years. It used to be exclusively available only to Japan, where it gained high popularity and the top-selling spot in the sneaker market. It remains as a highly-sought model up to this day, but now on a global scale.

In 2015, New Balance released the New Balance 1400 Connoisseur as part of the brand's 'Connoisseur Pack'. The pack also includes other New Balance silhouettes such as the 991, 996, 997, 998, and the US574. The New Balance 1400 Connoisseur still exhibits the qualities of the retro runner that gained popularity during the ‘90s, featuring a premium suede and mesh upper. This edition receives premium accents in the form of leather on the heel tab and the tongue.

New Balance 1400 Connoisseur Style

The New Balance 1400 Connoisseur has a premium look in a familiar classic silhouette. It oozes with a classic yet sporty look through its low-top structure and premium suede and mesh upper. An easy to wear from day to night shoe, men and women alike can sport this with an everyday look, a sporty get-up, or even a dressier casual outfit.

Fit & Sizing

The New Balance 1400 Connoisseur is available in men's half sizes which range from size 6 to 13 in D Standard width. It is also available in women's half sizes from 5 to 11 in B Standard width. The low-top structure permits ankle mobility, and the traditional lace closure allows a customized fit. There is an extra eyelet on the tongue in which the laces could loop through to help keep it in place. Considering its running shoe DNA, these shoes also have sufficient support and hold on the feet.

Notable Features

A familiar classic silhouette carries the New Balance 1400 Connoisseur, but one notable feature is its premium suede and mesh upper in a clean and simple array. There are leather accents present on the heel tab and on the iconic N side branding.

Additional Info

  • The upper is a combination of suede and mesh material.
  • The collar and the tongue are well-padded for a comfortable feel around the ankle.
  • There is the iconic “N” logo displayed on the side panels, and other New Balance brandings are visible on the tongue, the heel, and the sockliner.
  • It also features a compression EVA midsole with molded EVA footbed.