Facts

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$160
Weight
Men: 14.7oz
Women: 11.4oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 10mm
Women: 10mm

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many runners took note that the New Balance 1540 v2 is well ventilated.
  • This shoe provides improved arch support, as mentioned in some reviews.
  • It has blown rubber outsole for added durability in high wear areas.
  • The upper construction of the shoe is highly breathable and runners liked how comfortable this shoe felt.
  • It has a roomy toe box that made most wide-footed runners happy.

3 reasons not to buy

  • For some runners, this shoe is slightly expensive.
  • Available in limited colors.
  • The 1540 v2 is heavy.

Bottom line

The New Balance 1540 v2 is a motion control road running shoe that offers incredible comfort. It has much improved design, cushioning, and durability that will allow runners to pound their way to their goals.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 238 ratings

5 star
62%
4 star
12%
3 star
9%
2 star
7%
1 star
9%

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Expert Reviews

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90 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Fix My Walk • Level 3 expert

    This shoe was designed not just with ultimate stability and motion control properties, but also with soft cushioning in order to grant comfortable supportive fit from the heel to the toe box.

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Updates to New Balance 1540 v2

  • The 2nd version of the 1540 presents changes that allow the shoe to provide excellent support and security only where the runner needs it. In this new version, the seamless upper has lesser and slightly smaller overlays. The idea is to give the shoe some flexibility to allow the upper to hug the foot better without doing away with the needed support that a motion control shoe gives.
  • New Balance also made the platform a bit wider to really enhance the shoe’s stability features. Besides the maximum overpronation control features, the wider footprint makes runners more stable with each stride.

New Balance 1540 v2 size and fit

The luxurious fit of the original model is replicated in the 1540 v2. With sufficient room in the heel, a locked in midfoot, and a wide forefoot, this should generally make runners very comfortable and accommodate those with inflexible feet. The available widths are medium, wide, and extra wide. Sizing is a bit off as it is half a size smaller than the average length. Going half a size up would help runners get their most comfortable fit. Sizes are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

A large portion of the outsole is covered by Blown Rubber for improved traction and a little cushioning. The highly-durable Ndurance rubber blankets the areas that usually suffer from wear and tear.


Midsole

New Balance showers the midsole with several top of the line technologies. Providing full-length cushioning is the ACTEVA LITE foam, which is 12% lighter than standard EVA and other midsole foams. The combination of Dupont Engage Isoprene Rubber and New Balance-exclusive foam technology forms the structure of the ABZORB in the heel. It effectively cushions the landing and disperses the impact. This version includes the ENCAP, which is soft EVA in the midsole with a sturdy rim for support and durability. Since the 1540 v2 is designed to rein in severe overpronators, the midsole also plays host to serious stability features. The TPU made Rollbar extends from the medial to the lateral side. Both of the sides are connected by a composite TPU material that holds both areas secure. As the Rollbar is found on both sides of the shoe, they act like a wall that effectively prevents unnecessary inward or even outward rolling of the foot.


Upper

The no-sew upper is made of tough, but breathable mesh while the synthetic overlays provide lockdown support and structure. Runners will love the generous padding all throughout the shoe, including the tongue. For added comfort, a PU insole greets the feet of runners upon entry.