DiscontinuedUpdate: New Balance 1500 v5
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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.
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Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
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: 24mmWomen: 24mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
Release dateJan 2017
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The V3 being a minor update, there’s not a lot to talk about in this section. The MSRP stays the same at $110, and the V3 is only a few grams heavier than the V2. The overall ride, be it stability or the transition quality is very similar to the 1500 V2.
The 1500v3 is ideal for those looking for a light and fast shoe for speedwork and racing yet who want a bit more support and stability.
The New Balance 1500 v3 is a fast racing or up-tempo training shoe with a superb fit and quick transition, smooth for those runners needing a little extra stability during races from 5k’s to marathons.
Compared to its predecessor, the 1500 v3 has slight changes to its outsole design to offer better durability. For those concerned about how this change effects how the shoe performs, you can put those worries aside. The new pattern includes a full-length half arrow design (rather than the previous version’s use of small round lugs on the lateral side) to provide the desired traction for fast running on the roads or the track.
- The New Balance 1500 v3 is made for those runners who want to have a supportive underfoot experience when they’re tackling daily runs and races. It’s built to last long running sessions. High quality components make the whole package more robust, thus accommodating more mileage. Bright color schemes make the entire package more endearing to the eyes.
- A no-sew façade has been employed in the upper unit of this running shoe. It doesn’t have any visible stitched sections, therefore ensuring a clean and smooth look. Soft and non-irritating fabrics are used here. They wrap around the foot with sureness and ease, yet they accommodate its natural shape and motion throughout the gait cycle.
- The midsole unit of this New Balance shoe features a high-quality foam material that’s touted to be 30% lighter than most cushioning compounds in the brand’s roster. It’s durable, yet responsive. A stability mechanism assists in correcting overpronated foot motion. Additionally, a TPU shank provides more support and protection to the tendons and muscles of the underfoot.
- A durable rubber material is used for the outsole unit. The compound is also very responsive, so aside from protecting the mid-sole from wear and tear, it also delivers additional cushioning and enabled takeoffs. Flex grooves make the platform more pliable and agreeable to the natural motion of the wearer’s foot.
Standard sizing schemes were used in the making of the New Balance 1500 v3. The available widths for the men’s version are D – Normal and 2E – Wide; for the women’s version, it’s B – Normal and D – Wide. It is able to welcome many types of feet. The semi-curved shape of this shoe mimics the natural shape of the human foot.
The outsole unit of the New Balance 1500 v3 makes use of Blown Rubber, which is a durable material that’s meant to protect the rest of the mid-sole from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. Its responsive nature adds a bit more cushioning for the underside of the foot, benefiting both the foot-landings and toe-offs.
Flex grooves in the forefoot and rear areas of the external platform allow the runner to move more naturally through the gait cycle. They essentially make the sole unit more flexible. The same level of flexibility is also offered in the NB 1500 v5.
RevLite is a foam technology that’s made from lightweight, but durable materials. It’s flaunted to be 30% lighter than most foam compounds in the New Balance stable, but it’s as efficient and capable when it comes to providing cushioning and protection from impact.
The inner section of the mid-foot features a Medial Post, which is made up of a high-density foam. Its job is to prevent overpronated foot motion, therefore smoothing out each step and preventing any discomfort.
A lightweight and pliable shank made of TPU is placed in the mid-sole. Coined the T-Beam, it supports the tendons and muscles of the underfoot during each step. It also delivers some additional stability for the arch.
The upper unit of the New Balance 1500 v3 makes use of Open Mesh, which is a tough yet flexible material that’s capable of accommodating environmental air into the foot-chamber. Along with delivering a snug wrap, it also makes sure to give a well-ventilated running experience.
The Fantom Fit is an engineered upper that acts as a skeleton. Two thin materials are fused together and they assist in providing a secure coverage to the foot of the runner. No stitching is involved.
A TPU Skin Upper gives a fit that’s like a second skin. This design prevents skin irritation