Verdict from 6.3 hours of research from the internet

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:

Our reviews

85
/100 by Samuel Chua, posted on .

The New Balance 1500 v2 is classified as a lightweight stability trainer/racer. It weighs 224g and has a 6mm heel-to-toe drop.

Upper & fit

The New Balance 1500 v2 utilizes a highly breathable mesh upper called ‘Fantomfit.’ The surface is soft and irritation-free in both the forefoot and rearfoot, allowing the shoes to be worn with thin socks or barefoot.

The tongue stays in place during the run and protects well against any lace-related pressure. A heel counter is also present, adding to the stability of the shoe.

 

Midsole technology

The midsole is made up of REVlite midsole foam. At faster paces, the ride was firm and responsive. However, at slower paces, I found the ride not as enjoyable. However, this could be overlooked as I prefer softer shoes for slower runs.

Due to the firm midsole, the shoe is less flexible as compared to the previous version which is not necessarily a bad thing.

 

 

It also features a medial post to combat mild pronation. Neutral runners need not to worry about the medial post affecting their ride. The medial post has the potential to aid even neutral runners’ running gait when their form gets sloppy towards the later miles of a run.

Outsole durability

As for the outsole, diamond-shaped lugs are featured on the medial side of the forefoot and the heel of the shoe while small rubber nubs are on the lateral side of the forefoot. This results in a durable ride with plenty of grip.

 

Type of workouts

The New Balance 1500 v2 excels on the road and track. It is best used for speedwork and aerobic intervals.

Pros

  • Breathable Upper
  • Durable Outsole
  • Great Cushioning for its weight
  • It was named "Editor's Choice" on Runner’s World Magazine

Con

  • The forefoot could pose a problem for wider footed runners.

Summary

The New Balance 1500 v2 is a lightweight stability trainer/racer for runners who want a fast yet mildly stable ride.

Samuel Chua | Level 3 expert Verified
I'm Samuel, a recreational runner, and a triathlete. I have taken part in over 30 races and 17 triathlons so far. I have an avid passion for running gear, especially running shoes. This obsession with running shoes has helped me obtain vast knowledge on each brand's technology, which led to me trying shoes from many different brands and giving unbiased opinions on the performance of each shoe.

78
/100 by Kyle Jang, posted on .

If I am to speak honestly, the New Balance 1500 v2 is not a good looking shoe. While the silhouette is nice enough, the colorways that they put on the v2 are not very attractive.

I had the choice of either a hot pink, or a combination of black, yellow, and a bit of blue and red. I skipped the vibrant pink for the black, but it was really like choosing the lesser of two evils. One positive however, is the pull tab on the back which I believe portrays a more modern look. 

 

Fit

Although I didn't like the looks a whole lot, the 1500 v2 is a great fit. The gusseted tongue really locks in my foot and it feels great when I am running. I have a slightly wider foot than normal, and the D width is a tad snug but that is how I prefer my shoes to fit.

True to size was also the right way to go, although some people might want to go half a size up. A good blanket statement would be: true to size for a snug fit and half size up for a more comfortable fit.

 

Affordability

The $140 CAD is a very reasonable price for this shoe. It is very durable and outlasts many other shoes in it's price range. I would put the durability higher than the Zante model, as well as the Pace and the Rush. A very good quality shoe for the price. 

Performance

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.

As a mild pronator, I enjoyed the stability and was very happy that the shoe is also super light. Another quality  that this shoe possesses is great responsiveness.

For my faster runs I was able to really get some "pop" off the ground and I really enjoyed that. In conclusion, its a racing flat with stability that does not sacrifice lightweight responsiveness.

 

Conclusion

While not the best looking shoe out there, the 1500 v2 is a reasonably priced shoe that fits very well. It provides stability for flat feet or over pronators through use of the "T Beam" on the sole of the shoe.

It is also a very responsive and lightweight shoe.

Kyle Jang | Level 3 expert Verified
Hi, I'm Kyle! I have been involved in Track and Field for 3 years as a sprinter and long jumper, and as a result I have gone through many pairs of shoes. I also collect shoes and have great knowledge on the fit and technology of many shoes, particularly New Balance.

  • 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 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. This midsole material is used in some NB running shoes like the New Balance 1500 v5.

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.

How 1500 v2 compares

This shoe: 89
All shoes average: 86
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This shoe: $110
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$40 $350
This shoe: 7.9oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
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