Update: 1500 v3
Arch support
M: 224g | W: 190g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 16mm | W: 16mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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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

  • 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.

World wide, 1500 v2 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

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4.2 / 5 based on 147 ratings

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Expert reviews

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87 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 86
    Average Dude 604Level 2 expert
    by Average Dude 604
    This is probably the best running shoe that I have ever ran in.
  • 95
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    The 1500 V2 builds on the previous model's excellence, becoming even better as a result.  
  • 93
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    In either context, testers loved the flexibility, “Goldilocks” cushioning, and comfortable upper—and gave it the highest overall marks among shoes in this guide. 
  • 87
    Donald BuraglioLevel 5 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The 1500 v2 is a top choice for road racing, especially for those who want a small amount of medial stability underfoot.
  • 83
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    Weighting less than 8 oz. with a 6mm drop it can be a great 10k to half marathon running shoe for many runners and a 26.2 shoe for very fast, efficient ones.
  • 90
    Kredy@Kredy10Level 4 expert
    by Sportskeeda
    Overall, the 1500 v2 is even better than the first one. New Balance addressed all the issues that were present in the first generation.
  • 85
    Brian MetzlerLevel 4 expert
    by Triathlete
    However, the tradeoffs of more support, a better fit and a longer-lasting outsole made perfect sense to the New Balance team and especially to Kienle.
  • 80
    David HenryLevel 4 expert
    by Runblogger
    The 1500v2 is an upper update only and focuses on lighter overlays, while also offering more security.
  • 85
    Samuel ChuaLevel 3 expert
    by RunRepeat
    The New Balance 1500 v2 is a lightweight stability trainer/racer for runners who want a fast yet mildly stable ride.
  • 78
    Kyle JangLevel 3 expert
    by RunRepeat
    The 1500 v2 is a racing flat that incorporates mild stability without sacrificing responsiveness. The "T beam" plate on the bottom of the medial side of the shoe gives the shoe adequate stability. Although it is a stability shoe, the 1500 v2 is also very lightweight which can be owed to the fact that it is a racing flat.
  • 87
    KredyLevel 2 expert
    by Sportskeeda
    Overall, the 1500 v2 is even better than the first one. New Balance addressed all the issues that were present in the first generation.
  • 92
    kie59Level 1 expert
    by Fit for Purpose
    The amount of thought that’s gone into it and the way all of its individual parts come together make a shoe that is really nothing short of amazing.
  • 87
    Faith GeraghtyLevel 1 expert
    by The Athlete's Foot
    They have real spring (Revlite mid sole), they feel light (189g) and yet still support (T-Beam) my slightly over pronating feet.  
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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Along with a responsive RevLite midsole and a dual-density posting, the 1500 v2 is built for speed.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    In the second version of this shoe, we see the use of an updated upper that utilizes FantomFit technology for a lightweight, seam-free design.
  • The Athlete's Foot Australia
    The 1500 utilizes our RevLite technology, a foam which is 30% lighter than traditional foams, while it still has a great softness underfoot.
  • Average Dude 604
    This shoe is an excellent choice if you're a neutral runner who likes to log in long miles.

Updates to 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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