We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Some runners commented that they were able to use the New Balance 1400 v4 for activities other than running, saying that it remained efficient and agreeable for their feet.
  • The color schemes were visually striking, wrote several consumers; they received compliments while wearing this shoe.
  • This version felt incredibly lightweight, according to those who have tried it; they were able to dole out speedy performances because of it.
  • According to many reviewers, the underfoot experience was comfortable and responsive.
  • A few commenters touted this shoe as a solid option for those who are just getting into running.
  • The limited use of stitching and the smoothness of the fabrics prevented it from looking bulky, a tester observed.
  • An expert reviewer wrote that this running shoe was simple and uncomplicated, but those were the things that made it fun to run in.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners reported that the toe box was a bit tight.
  • A reviewer reported that this running shoe had gotten less comfortable over time, and that it had caused him to develop plantar fasciitis in his left arch.
  • A consumer wrote that the underfoot platform felt stiff, which removed the feeling of going naturally through the stride.
  • The sides of the upper unit tended to rub against the skin uncomfortably, a tester noted.

Bottom line

The New Balance 1400 v4 was able to perform within the expectations of a majority of those who have tested it. It was certainly lightweight and they pointed it out as a positive feature. Most of the comments & reviews didn’t really cause an explosion of praise for this model, but they were an indication that most neutral runners did welcome this entry-level road running shoe.



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Expert Reviews

86 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 |

    New Balance 1400 v4: Standard but fast

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    The New Balance 1400 v4 is a very respectable competition shoe. It does not claim to make you faster; to get faster you would have to rely on your own training and grit if you are wearing this shoe.



    It is from the age of racing shoe prior to the introduction of the carbon plate into the soles. But, it is lightweight and sturdy and remains comfortable during trackwork, tempo runs, and races, ranging in length from the 5k to the marathon.

    Despite the lack of new-fangled carbon-plated soles, with the snazzy colors that this shoe comes in, you can, of course, rely on the “look good, feel good” mantra to help you hit a new PR.

    Shoe parts

    The upper is part-plastic-y fabric and part-mesh. The plastic definitely helps keep your feet dry in the rain, and the mesh keeps the shoe breathable.

    The toe box has a slightly odd shape and widens more on the inner part when compared to other racing shoes and almost appears to turn inward.

    From this angle, the sole does not look strange, but the shape of it definitely took some getting used to.



    It is a bit too wide for my taste (and narrow feet), but the laces pull the flexible upper around the middle of the foot, and the rest of the shoe is a normal width, so the foot does not slide around.

    The tongue is flexible and pretty thin, which may irritate some people's feet, as tight lacing of the shoes up to the top eyehole can put too much pressure on the top of the foot near the ankle.

    The heel is sturdy but covered in soft fabric on the inside and did not cause blisters. The width of this part of the shoe seemed normal.

    The sole is firm, but flexible. It does not feel minimalist and feels well-cushioned while being very light and relatively responsive.


    Shoe quality

    These shoes offer a smooth and fast ride whether they are being worn for speedwork or a race. They are lighter than most trainers, which yields some benefit when you get onto the starting line.

    They do have good traction even in the rain, and they do not collect loads of water.

    The sole is not built for trail terrain as it is more smooth than aggressive, but the traction is good on the roads. However, the yellow color did turn gray-ish after a few rainy workouts and races and has stayed that way.



    Since the shoe is a couple of models outdated now, it can be difficult to find without a lot of searching. It may not be worth the effort, especially under the assumption that New Balance has improved the shoe line with the more recent updates.

    They do hold up to longer races and shorter races, and the responsiveness is fair. They offer an average amount of energy return.

    The moderately cushioned sole does not feel clunky and prevents the calves and feet from acquiring more fatigue than necessary even over long efforts.


    This is an all-around solid, but not stellar, racing and speed work shoe. They felt faster than my trainers from the first workout I wore them in. I have put around 150 miles on them, and they still feel like they have adequate cushioning.

    At the same time, they are pretty standard in many ways and do not have much of the new technology that has been appearing in racing shoes over the past couple of years.

    The main drawback for me was the strange shape of the toe-box and the way that the color looked after the shoes got dirty.

  • 89 / 100 | Average Dude 604 | Level 2 expert

    I ran my first marathon in this shoe and let me tell you I absolutely, absolutely loved it!

  • 98 / 100 | Road Trail Run | | Level 5 expert

    They are one of the smoothest, sleekest, fastest and most comfortable running shoes I own. With the extra padding up front they are now more viable as a lightweight trainer  and they are a terrific shoe on race day. They feel good at any speed and have a perfect balance of cushion and stiffness.

  • 82 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    New Balance didn’t mess much with the perennially popular 1400 lightweight trainer and racer. This version simply refines the upper using softer fabrics for a supple, closer-to-the-foot feel.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    Now in its 4th incarnation, the 1400 is similar to the 1500 but with a less extreme attitude. It is softer while still incredibly light (closer to 7 oz. than it is to 8) and the 10mm drop is more forgiving than the 6mm of the 1500. 

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  • The New Balance 1400 v4 is a feast for the eyes, thanks to its use of vibrant hues, as well as its modern design. Contemporary runners are going to enjoy the visual presentation of this model. Still, its components and features contribute well to its contemporary look; a solid set of systems and technologies work together in order to provide efficient running experiences on the roads.
  • The upper unit of this cheap running shoe makes use of a lightweight mesh as the main fabric. This smooth material is responsive to the movements of the foot, yet it’s durable enough to resist tears and other effects of continued use. The no-sew application greatly reduces the weight of this shoe because it doesn’t need bulky add-ons and threads; instead, a thin overlay system has been fused directly to the mesh, giving the shoe more structure and providing the runner with a snug and secure fit.
  • The platform of the New Balance 1400 v4 utilizes the RevLite, a responsive yet durable foam unit that’s 30% lighter than most mid-sole foams. It is capable of delivering a full-bodied underfoot experience without sacrificing flexibility or weight. Blown rubber shields the foam unit from wear and tear. It also provides traction, which is greatly important for every running session.

Regular measurements were used in the making of the New Balance 1400 v4. It comes in sizes that adhere to the standard preferences of men and women. The available width is medium. It is able to accommodate those runners who have medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural shape of the human foot.

Blown rubber is a responsive material that’s actually meant to add a bit more cushioning for the foot, on top of its protective purpose. It also provides surface traction, enabling the wearer to easily take control of their movements on the asphalt. Flex grooves allow the platform to be more adherent to the natural movements of the foot. They make the toe-off phase more agreeable because that is where the foot bends the most.

The RevLite technology consists of a foam that’s 30% lighter than the standard cushioning units used by New Balance. It’s responsive and durable. It won’t sag easily, even after many uses. This midsole element is also used in the NB 1400 v6 running shoe.

Above the main mid-sole unit is the Traditional Sock Liner, which provides additional cushioning to the immediate underfoot area. It doesn’t sacrifice flexibility or the overall efficacy of the platform below it.

The Open Mesh affords the runner with breathable support. Environmental air is easily able to enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. The No-Sew application of the overlay system greatly reduces the overall weight of the shoe. It also does away with the bulky look caused by stitched layers and seams. The synthetic overlays connect directly to the lacing system. They adjust in accordance with the tightening or loosening of the lacing system, making the coverage more agreeable to the preference of the wearer.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.