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WeightMen: 7.2ozWomen: 6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 10mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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Heel heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
Forefoot heightMen: 15mmWomen: 15mm
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
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96 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews
The New Balance 1400 v6: Put a pep in your step
This shoe is a proven winner for those looking for a shoe that can be used for training runs or for race day. The 1400 v6 provides comfortable cushioning with a fast snappy ride.
As you continue to read, you will come across 3 sections: Why?, Why Not?, and Conclusions. My review will focus on the reasons the shoe could work for you (Why?), what may not work for you (Why Not?), and some final thoughts (Conclusion).
1. The ride/performance.
This shoe performs well at a variety of different paces and distances. This is a shoe which can perform well whether running 400m intervals or a marathon.
The 1400 v6 has a 10mm drop which may seem high to the minimalist and zero drop fans. However, the 10mm drop feels quite natural to me. With a stack height of 25mm at the heel and 15mm at the toe, the 1400 v6 has plenty of ground feel.
The REVlite foam is a winner for me providing plenty of cushion while remaining responsive. It's not overly cushioned but also not too minimal or harsh. The foam is also pretty durable as creases are just starting to appear in the midsole at 200 miles.
New Balance has also placed a plastic shank in the midsole which gives a snappy feel to the shoe.
I can't emphasize how much I enjoy running in this shoe. It feels natural at any pace or distance. It is a shoe you forget you are wearing because of how natural it feels.
2. Breathable upper.
This upper is a no stitch mesh without overlays. This creates a light breathable upper. This is great for those hot summer days. I feel the upper has a bit more room than previous versions.
The structure of the mesh provided plenty of support holding my foot in place. I had no hot spots or problem areas. Those who enjoy running without socks should enjoy the no stitch upper.
The tongue is unpadded which is different from the previous version. This may be the reason for a slight roomier feel. The upper is also very durable no signs of fraying or ripping at 200 miles.
I love a flexible shoe with a little bit of ground feel and the 1400 v6 is just that. Flexible and fast.
My size 12 1400 v6 came in at 8.5 oz or 240gram. This is great for a shoe with good durability and cushioning.
This a huge disappointment. The outsole of the 1400 v6 appears very similar to v5. However, my pair is showing more wear at 200 miles than my v5 had at 300 miles.
There's lots of wear at my toe off point. Also, a piece of the outsole ripped off mid-run at about mile 100. Additionally, the rubber seems to lack grip in wet conditions. I did not have this problem with the previous version.
As with the previous version, the 1400 v6 is about a half size too small. I normally wear a11.5 and I needed a 12 for a comfortable fit.
The New Balance 1400 v6 is one of my favorite shoes. It is versatile and comfortable no matter the distance or pace. If you are a runner who goes to different shoes for different workouts, this may be a fix-all solution for you.
The newest version lacked some durability in the outsole but there are some improvements to the upper. This shoe is a winner.
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Can you train and race in the New Balance 1400 v6 road racer?
According to the Running Warehouse website:
“The speedy New Balance 1400 v6 road racer is ready to tackle anything from the 5k to the marathon. Keeping the midsole and outsole from the previous version, the 1400 v6 remains a versatile racing shoe with a protective and springy ride.”
Do we agree with this assessment? See the verdict below.
The New Balance 1400 series flat became one of my favorites back in 2015 when I received a media sample of the 1400 version 2. The shoe was then described by the company as being “designed for fast, efficient training runs.”
It was certainly a light flat weighing – depending on the source, either 6.3 or 6.4 ounces. By Version 5, which I’ve run in, weighed 7.4 ounces. The new version 6 weighs 7.1 ounces.
What impressed me about version 2 was the REVlite midsole that provided more than adequate protection for the feet no matter what the surface.
The 1400 v6 has a 10mm drop, and retains the REVlite foam midsole, something prominently noted on the exterior side of the midsole.
The outsole is made of blown rubber, which is, and feels, soft. On the road, the shoe feels like it has an 8mm drop.
Version 5 versus Version 6
When I compared the 1400 v5 to v6, the new model’s outsole felt firmer. There appears to be less flexibility in the forefoot.
However, when walking in version 6 the shoe feels softer, more cushioned and protective than the prior model.
On the run, version 6 does feel firmer in the forefoot. While I like more flexibility in a trainer, this firmness is a positive attribute in a shoe used for fast and long runs.
I very much liked the “just right fit” upper on version 5, so I feared that the remodeled upper on version 6 would be a step back. Instead, version 6 provides a slight increase in roominess – facilitated by a thin rubbery tongue which stays in place – that is welcome for feet that might swell on a long training or race day run.
The heel counter on version 6 is rather firm – as it was in version 5, but the top of the counter is well padded and it is not an issue during a run.
The insole supplied with the 1400 v6 – as with version 5, appears to be too thick for its intended purpose. (It’s an insole fit for a standard trainer.) I replaced it with a thin Ortholite sock liner.
On the Road
The 1400 v6 is protective on concrete; protective enough that the shoe feels more like a trainer than a racing flat. And, yes, there’s a nice springy bounce on asphalt. It would be a joy to run a 10k or a half-marathon in these shoes.
One of the nice features about this shoe is that it allows your feet to go through the full range of motion on landing – from heel to mid-foot and onto the well-protected forefoot.
On a dirt and gravel-covered road, the 1400 v6’s small triangular lugs provide a surprising amount of grip. There’s no sliding around or slippage. (In 2015, I was rather surprised to find that the 1400 v2 could be used as a light trail running shoe. The same remains true for version 6.)
While I did not have an opportunity to run on a track in version 6, I found in my previous experience with 1400 series shoes that they are excellent for pace training runs. Lock onto a certain lap pace and the 1400s will gladly maintain that pace like a German Shepherd pup.
The grip provided by the outsole also assists in piling up what I call “confidence miles.” The shoe feels so faultless on a track that one’s confidence of doing well on a race day builds with each completed lap.
I usually have good experiences in mild support running shoes, and I know that New Balance makes a “hint of support” shoe in the 1500 v4. But I’ve never been tempted to try it.
Why? Because the 1400 series shoes provide all the support one needs for straight ahead jogs, and these shoes do not interfere with one’s normal foot strike pattern. So why use a shoe that weighs 8.1 ounces instead of 7.1 ounces?
Durability & Value
The 1400 v6 is not a flat that will last for only 150 or 200 miles. It’s built solid enough that if you get, say, 275 or 300 miles out of your standard trainers, you’ll likely get 275 or 300 miles in the 1400 v6.
At a list price of $99.00 (and sold for $10 less by certain online retailers), it’s a great value.
As mentioned earlier, the 1400 v6 feels like a much more substantial shoe than it is on the road. There are racing flats that I would love to run in but they provide so much road feel that they punish the feet.
A recent example is the Asics LyteRacer TS 7. I love the fit and retro finish look of this shoe, but each time I take a test run in it, my feet wind up complaining after just a few blocks. (“Take it off!”) And this shoe weighs 8.2 ounces.
How can a shoe that weighs more than the 1400 v6 feel less protective? It’s a mystery to me.
The 1400 series shoe has felt protective even when it weighed just slightly more than 6 ounces. That’s some kind of magic on the part of New Balance.
Three for the Road
When training for a meaningful race, it’s useful to have three pairs of shoes in the rotation: A daily trainer, the race day shoe, and a recovery shoe.
The 860 v8 is an excellent recovery shoe due to its well cushioned TruFuse midsole and a “barely there” medial post. The dual-density post may look somewhat intimidating to neutral runners but it is not felt while running.
For those not tied to a single brand, the Adidas Adizero Boston 6 (8.8 ounces) – soon to be the 7 – works well as a durable trainer with bouncy cushioning that feels relatively soft on impact with hard surfaces.
And the Mizuno Wave Sky (11.1 ounces) is a great rest and recovery shoe for tired feet and leg muscles.
Yes, you can both train and race in the New Balance 1400 v6.
And, yes, it’s a shoe that can be used to quickly transport and protect one’s feet on runs from a 5k to the marathon. It is a bargain shoe for its price considering that the 1400 v6 is quite durable and can serve as either a daily performance trainer or race day shoe. Or better yet, both.
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New Balance 1400 v6 – Light & fast racer perfect for road running
My first thought when I tried on the New Balance 1400 v6 is that it felt natural on my foot while running fast. I test a lot of shoes on the treadmill at the running store I work at, and this was one of my favorite test experiences.
The ribcage wraps the foot while allowing the ankle to flex naturally. The ride is neutral, balanced, fast and will favor those who strike with their mid-foot and run with a forward lean.
They are a bit narrow but fit true to size. I ended up buying a pair shortly after trying these on. The 1400 v6 has easily become my favorite racer (M: 7.2oz).
Picking up the 1400, it feels almost too light to possibly have enough support. However, when running, these perform amazingly well. There is plenty of cushion underneath while still feeling very light and fast.
The fit feels more like a pair of flats, meaning it is snugger than how a trainer typically fits. I initially had a wrong idea about running flats and racers and the difference between the two. A flat is generally more minimal and has a lower drop. A racer such as this has a little bit more support, and the NB 1400 has a 10mm drop.
This shoe is not a flat like the Nike Streak LT. For distance track runners or those looking for something more minimal, there are flats out there like the mentioned Nike Streak or Brooks Hyperion better suited for race day.
For me, this shoe offers plenty of support up to 10K on roads at 170 pounds. For lighter or stronger runners, the 1400 could be worn up to the marathon.
All of the above makes the New Balance version 6 perfect for track workouts. On the track, they simply feel excellent due to having so much foot and ground feel. Newer track athletes could even get away with racing in 1400 for events at 1500m and up.
These also could be a good option for someone who doesn't respond well to true flats or spikes. Light runners with enough foot strength might even be able to get away with training in the NB 1400 v6 daily.
The New Balance 1400 v6 features a no-stitch mesh upper. The no-sew construction is breathable and creates a very sock-like fit.
The tongue was redesigned to remove volume, which makes it fit much more like a flat than a classic trainer. The outsole is grippy and aggressive and somewhat narrow.
The outsole is constructed from blown rubber which is responsive, making it suitable for crushed gravel or even hard trails. The triangular lugs work well on dirt and overall the ride is springy, lightweight, and very fast.
With a stack of 25mm at the heel and 15mm at the toe, the 1400 v6 has a 10mm drop. This works perfectly for me as I train in the Brooks Ghost 11, which has a 12mm drop.
This creates a natural transition for most runners that run in more cushioned, supportive daily trainers. This shoe is flexible yet feels firm on most surfaces. There is a lot of foot feel running on both track and pavement.
The heel counter is also rather firm and locks the foot in place when moving up and down hills. The REVlite foam is soft and spongy while maintaining a lot of ground feel.
The insole has a decent amount of padding, which can be replaced with something lighter or removed to reduce weight. In my opinion, the shoelaces that came with the NYC version were a bit cheesy and too short, so I swapped them out with normal black 54" NB laces.
I also ultimately cut off the NYC overlay on the tongue because I didn't like the way it looked and felt when the shoes were tied.
As I mentioned earlier, the 1400 v6 provides a decent amount of cushioning and support, but it is not for runners who aren’t ready for a racer. These shoes have the potential to provide a false sense of security as they are comfortable but may not be suitable for all runners as a daily trainer.
While they might work for some, I don’t feel they provide enough support to work as a daily trainer for the majority of runners. Simply put, I personally do not feel comfortable using this as an everyday trainer.
With that said, these are in my weekly rotation and are my go-to racer. For most runners, at the minimum, I would suggest something more substantial for recovery runs.
I love the way these shoes look. I got a pair of the NYC edition off of Amazon for $77.00 via RunRepeat. The colors are bright and complex, which gives the shoe a unique look.
There are a variety of color options for this shoe that look great, and I have considered getting another pair to rotate simply because I like this shoe so much. This shoe is stylish and comfortable enough to wear just walking around.
I have even worn this shoe at the running store and received multiple compliments on them. With that said, there aren't a lot of completely neutral color options available for this shoe. The black/green option is a good choice if searching for a simpler design.
- Lightweight and flexible
- Enough support/speed balance for tempo runs and racing (can even be used on the track)
- Looks great, lots of colors
- Neutral locked in ride, very responsive with lots of ground feel
- No-stitch mesh upper is very comfortable, can be used for triathlons
- Good comparable value at $100 retail
- Maybe too snug or narrow for some runner
- Not suitable for runners that require more support or cushioning for racing
- Not a suitable everyday trainer for most runners
- The laces are too short
This is an excellent lightweight racer that I would recommend to anyone ready for something lighter than a daily trainer. If looking for comparable options, I would think about the Nike Pegasus Turbo or the Brooks Launch.
All in all, this is a shoe that provides a great balance of speed and support. The NB 1400 v6 is comfortable and fast while maintaining the feeling of a racer comfortable enough for long distance races and tempo runs.
At $100.00 retail price, this shoe is reasonably priced when compared against comparable racers — highly recommended.
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New Balance 1400 v6 from a competitive runner’s view
I love these shoes. They are my favorite trainers at the minute. They just make you feel you can run past any other runners out there.
You just want to run and run in them, stride after stride, mile after mile effortless.
The only thing that stops me putting in more miles is I’ve told the wife what time I’ll be back home so she’s making me tea for that time, otherwise, it will go in the bin and usually get “So you decided to come home then” (She is just joking, my wife is extremely supportive of my running.)
I use these on a multitude of surfaces, treadmill, road, path, and trail, no matter what the surface, they feel light, comfortable, responsive, flexible and fast, everything you want from a good pair of trainers.
I use these when I’m doing quality workouts and racing ranging from 5K up to a recent hilly half marathon, and I’m sure they would give enough support to compete in a marathon.
No matter which you wear them for they make you feel the same, fast, supported and comfortable, I found them a little lacking in grip in wet or damp surfaces, but other than that can’t fault them.
I currently run 60+ miles every week 7 days a week usually. I’m no expert but I do know when I like a running shoe, not all in these trainers, but still do their fair share of the miles each week.
I love running races in these. Just recently, I ran a 1:21 hilly half marathon and knocked 8 minutes of my last great north run time, thanks to these quality training sessions in these shoes.
I am looking forward to the next race or quality workout to carry on improving my PBs.
How they make you feel
Every time I pick up these trainers, I get a tingle down my spine. If it’s the FantomFit upper and or the Revlite cushioning, I'm not sure but there is something about these trainers.
I just can’t wait to get them on and out running, I know when they're on, I’m going to have a good quality run. I’ll be up on my toes and plod along pushing myself and enjoying every stride.
Only 150 miles covered so far on these shoes and no signs of wear on the shoes as yet and still looking new.
Wear these for race days or quality workouts.
Some 150 miles in and still feel as if I’ve just put them on for the first time, and no signs of wear.
The sole, midsole and the upper are still really comfortable and in great condition.
FantomFit support cage feels very snug and comfortable and lightweight, just like your best pair of slippers. It will help you race and train to your potential, even during warm days.
After any run, my feet still feel really good not wet or moist, and I’ve had no blisters from these shoes too.
The FantomFit support cage holds the foot in place without feeling intrusive.
The Revlite midsole allows you to feel every time your foot interacts with the ground, feeling the grip, flexibility, bounce and energy return.
Always feel like your run is effortless and fast, you just feel as if your bouncing along.
Every time your foot touches the ground, you can feel your foot caressing the ground.
The shoes, through the Revlite midsole, absorbs the impact and return energy back through your foot, making you feel your bouncing along.
- Lightweight, really fast, supportive, comfortable, every time I slip them on I just want to run.
- Lack of grip when the running surface is damp or wet.
- Makes you back off a little when approaching a corner or bend, as in the back of your mind you know that sometimes you feel your foot just loosen in grip, but when dry or on a straight run, just bounce along.
- The New Balance 1400 V6 is made especially for the comfort of the foot when running on different paved surfaces. The updated upper area utilizes the breathable mesh package. This material is light that provides an airy feeling to the foot.
- This affordable running shoe features the new tongue construction. The goal of which is to deliver an exceptional fit that is ready for road running activities.
The New Balance 1400 v6 has improved its space. The shoe's toe box is a bit shallow but does not affect the comfort it provides to the runner. The shoe comes in regular measurements in terms of the size. The available widths are D - Medium for the men's version and B - Medium for the women's version. Its form-fitting feature ensures a hassle-free running experience.
The outsole of the 1400 v6 utilizes the blown rubber. This material is described to be soft and light, yet durable enough to provide traction while running on roads, tracks, and flat trails. Its thick rubber application is expected to last from 200 to 300 miles’ lifespan. This responsive material gives added underfoot cushioning as well. The runner can feel a softer impact when running on hard surfaces.
The RevLite foam is used in the midsole of the footwear. This innovative foam compound delivers a responsive and lightweight cushioning as well. This component of the shoe also provides more protection for the foot throughout the running session. The RevLite foam is also used in the New Balance 1500 v5.
Additional underfoot cushioning is offered by the traditional sock liner. As a result, a more comfortable ride is experienced by the user. Even with the use of the sock liner, it does not affect the overall performance, responsiveness, and flexibility of the shoe.
The Engineered Mesh is integrated into the New Balance 1400 v6. Covering the majority of the upper section, this material is updated to provide a lighter and softer coverage.
The shoe uses Synthetic Overlays. These overlays are strategically-placed in the upper section to wrap the foot. Foot-wrapping is essential in providing a more secure fit.
With the utilization of the no-sew upper construction, the foot is held securely on the platform. These soft and supple no-sew materials ensure an irritation-free ride
The NB-J is another notable feature of the shoe. New Balance added this racing-specific last to provide a higher performance running.