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  • Terrain
    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
    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.9oz
    Women: 6.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 6mm
    Women: 6mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2016
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Summary

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

7 reasons to buy

  • It is an outstanding shoe according to some testers.
  • It has a lot of cushioning for a racing shoe as commented by some reviewers.
  • There is no need for inserts, which is quite different from other running shoes as what some runners say.
  • It has just the right amount of cushioning that is perfect for marathons.
  • It gives a nice, glove-like fit that enhances the feeling of comfort, according to a handful of runners.
  • It feels fast and responsive with the Revlite midsole technology, based on the observation of the same testers.
  • The roomy toe box was appreciated by few runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The logo printed on the insole fades out quickly and leaves residue around the insole is one complaint mentioned by some runners.
  • The low ground feel in the arch area is not pleasant because it gives a hard feel that hurts the foot as noted by a few testers.
  • Some runners have durability issues with the shoe especially when used for long distance runs.

Bottom line

The New Balance 1500 v2 is a racing flat that offers a closer ground feel that is comfortable enough for long distances. When it comes to protection, support, and great fit, this shoe has it all, making it a popular shoe to many runners.

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Expert Reviews

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87 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

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Updates to New Balance 1500 v2

  • The 1500 v2 has several updates in store that should help its overall performance. A very notable change is the new and bigger mesh. This will surely make the shoe super breathable for cool and dry runs. New Balance uses a new semi-gusseted tongue as well. While not a trail-specific shoe, the gusseted tongue works to keep dirt and road debris off while it efficiently helps hold the tongue in place from start to finish.
  • A new prominent overlay extends from the midfoot to combine with an intrusive heel counter for better security. This helps lock down the foot and provides support without constricting the runner’s natural gait.
  • The new FantomFit system holds the foot in place through the use of lightweight and synthetic overlays in relation to the upper and the sole.
  • New Balance also tinkered with the outsole in the 1500 v2. The square treads on the medial side going towards the forefoot is replaced by a diamond shaped pattern that becomes smaller as it goes forward. This adds a little bit of flexibility and enhances some more the propulsion in the forefoot.

New Balance 1500 v2 size and fit

New Balance wisely kept the very popular fit of the original model. It is quite snug all over without being constrictive with decent room in the toe box. A large majority of runners will find this fit ideal for their needs. Available widths are D and B while sizes are from 7-14 for the men’s and 6-11 for the women’s.


Outsole

New Balance uses a very basic outsole for the 1500 v2. It has a full contact outsole with blown rubber that provides the excellent ground feel, traction and durability. The treads are of moderate size and works as intended.


Midsole

It is here that New Balance packed several of its sophisticated technologies. The RevLite midsole is easily one of the company’s most sophisticated technologies. It is made of blown rubber compound and is designed by New Balance with hexagonal pattern to provide shock absorbing-features and propulsion. The hexagonal patterns are larger and wider in the heel to absorb impact while these patterns become longer and thinner going to the forefoot for better propulsion. This technology and set up also enhance the transition from the back to the front.

There is the presence of a multi-density medial post to provide some stability, which is quite rare for a racing shoe. Another midsole stability scheme is the T-Beam in the arch. This is made of TPU material that holds the arch well enough for slight overpronators to feel supported and comfortable.


Upper

An open mesh covers almost the entire shoe for maximum breathability. Providing support and structure is the FantomFit technology, which is basically the combination of the synthetic overlays, the lacing, the mesh, and the sole of the shoe itself. The interior of the foot is lined with very soft fabric that it can be comfortably worn without socks.