Facts

Terrain

Road

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

Trail

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Competition

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.

Price
$100
Weight
Men: 7.9oz
Women: 6.1oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

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.

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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe has a more durable outsole compared to its predecessor.
  • The New Balance 1400 v5 offered responsive cushioning, based on some comments.
  • According to some reviews, the new outsole configuration provided better traction than the previous iterations.
  • A good number of users mentioned that the engineered mesh upper gave reliable breathability.
  • More than a couple of users said that the shoe is flexible.
  • Most of the runners were high-appreciative of the shoe’s comfortable feel.
  • The lightweight nature of the New Balance 1400 v5 gained positive remarks.
  • The shoe is reasonably-priced, according to purchasers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users commented that the size of the 1400 v5 ran half-a-size larger compared to what they were used to.
  • The shoe is available in limited color options, which didn’t appeal to a number of runners.

Bottom line

The New Balance 1400 v5 generally gained positive feedback from many users. Notable New Balance technologies are incorporated in this lightweight racing shoe to give neutral runners the good combination of performance, durability, and comfort. The shoe is best for fast paced running, 5k races, and half-marathon distances.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 28 ratings

5 star
50%
4 star
18%
3 star
14%
2 star
11%
1 star
7%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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90 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    Yes, you can both train and race in the New Balance 1400 v6.

  • 95 / 100 by RunRepeat • Kory Mueller • Level 3 expert

    Not too soft or overly cushioned. Not too harsh. The cushioning was perfect for me right out of the box.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    This shoe really kind of comes to life in this modern interpretation.

  • 92 / 100 by John Daniels • John Daniels • Level 3 expert

    To me it's the best shoe in the New Balance running line up.

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 5 expert

    The New Balance RC 1400 V5 continues the long-line of the 1400 series being a simple and effective training and racing weapon. This is the most refined (in upper and in ride) version and at a sub $100 price point it’s hard not to recommend this little race demon.

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The 1400 V5 has what a good race shoe should have: a snug and thankfully also very comfortable upper, light weight, and a snappy responsive ride from a relatively firm midsole.

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Updates to New Balance 1400 v5

  • The 5th version of the New Balance 1400 features a new engineered mesh upper that gives the shoe a sleeker look. The mesh material has perforations for a maximum breathability and it wraps the mid-foot comfortably with more flexibility.
  • For a smoother feel, the shoe has a new soft collar lining with minimal padding as compared to its predecessor. The presence of the seamless overlays also gives the shoe a softer feel, making sockless running possible.
  • The shoe also comes with a new outsole configuration for maximum traction on various surfaces. The deep longitudinal grooves in the forefoot area are strategically designed to deliver enhanced flexibility for a more powerful toe-off.

New Balance 1400 v5 size and fit

The overall fit of the New Balance 1400 v5 was slightly improved. One can notice that the shoe has a more form-fitting toe-box and a more secure heel fit. The seamless overlays also provide a smoother fit. It generally runs true to size and available in a standard medium width for both men and women’s version.

Outsole

The outsole of the 1400 v5 features a blown rubber material that is soft and light, yet durable enough to provide traction while running on roads, tracks, and flat trails. This responsive material also gives added underfoot cushioning.

For flexibility, deep longitudinal grooves are strategically placed in the forefoot. It flexes unsurprisingly according to the natural movement of the foot.

Midsole

In the midsole of the shoe is the single density RevLite foam that delivers lightweight and supportive cushioning. This innovative technology is designed for a more responsive feel suitable for competition and tempo runs.

A Traditional Sock Liner is also present. It provides additional underfoot cushioning without affecting the overall flexibility and responsiveness of the shoe.

Upper

The upper of the New Balance 1400 v5 utilizes an engineered mesh material with perforations for maximum breathability. It keeps the foot dry even on warm weather condition. The mesh upper is flexible enough to wrap the mid-foot comfortably. The seamless overlay system reduces the total weight of the shoe while enhancing the shoe’s overall fit.

The shoe has the standard lacing system that helps spread top-down pressure evenly. The tongue and the heel collar have minimal soft padding that provides added comfort.