Arch support
M: 206g | W: 177g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 15mm | W: 15mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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 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 complements 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.

6 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe felt ½ size smaller than the usual, according to a few consumers.

  • Some runners reported that the toe box was a bit tight.

  • A tester complained that the mesh material near the tip of the forefoot area has started to fray.

  • 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.

World wide, 1400 v4 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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86 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 89
    Average Dude 604Level 2 expert
    by Average Dude 604
    I ran my first marathon in this shoe and let me tell you I absolutely, absolutely loved it!
  • 82
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    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
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    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. 
  • 98
    Peter StuartLevel 4 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    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.
  • 80
    Running Product ReviewsLevel 3 expert
    by Running Product Reviews
    Familiar fit. Works very well. Nicely cushioned without being too much shoe.
  • 90
    RedableLevel 1 expert
    by Redable
    Overall, I enjoyed this shoe quite a lot. This is the best running shoe I have ever put on my feet.
  • 89
    Run JMCLevel 1 expert
    by Run JMC
    The fit: these basically disappear when they’re on your foot- what I mean is that they just become one with your foot you don’t even notice they’re there. That’s what you want a shoe to do, right?
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Updates to 1400 v4

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 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.

1400 v4 size and fit

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.

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.


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