Verdict from 2 experts and +100 user reviews

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. Although there were negative feedback about the price, limited colors and weight, the 1540 v2 is still a worthy investment. It has much improved design, cushioning, and durability that will allow runners to pound their way to their goals. 

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


How New Balance 1540 v2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 21% road running shoes
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Bottom 25% New Balance running shoes
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Bottom 9% motion control running shoes
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