Who should buy the New Balance 1540 v3

  • Highly recommended to runners with severe overpronation who want a well-cushioned motion control running shoe for daily running, walking or all-day wear.
  • A good investment for anyone who wants a reliable and versatile motion control running shoe that can handle various outdoor and indoor activities.

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Updates to the New Balance 1540 v3

  • Now offers full coverage of the medial and lateral sides, as opposed to version 2’s slightly less emphasized stitched-on accouterments.
  • The midsole unit of this running shoeuses the ACTEVA LITE and ENCAP foam technologies.
  • Features the ROLLBAR stability posts for both lateral and medial positional control.

New Balance 1540 v3 updates

Durable enough to last for a long time 

Ndurance serves as the external pad of the New Balance 1540 v3. This full-length layer is designed to shield the midsole unit from wear-and-tear.

New Balance 1540 v3 midsole

It has been touted to be durable enough to last for a long time. Moreover, it has a traction capacity which allows it to adhere to the surface and prevent slips while taking each step.

1540 v3 follows the natural transitions of the foot

Flex grooves allow the platform to have a small helping of flexibility that follows the natural transitions of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.

New Balance 1540 v3 flex grooves

These trenches are mostly placed near the forefoot as it is the area that requires the most bending.

24% lighter than other cushioning units

Underfoot cushioning is primarily the responsibility of the ACTEVA LITE. This tech is a full-length piece that is touted to have a weight that is 24% lighter than many other cushioning units from New Balance.

New Balance 1540 v3 underfoot cushioning

The job of this foam is to provide a durable yet reactive underfoot experience. Its uniform compression set allows it to remain responsive and efficient, even after many uses.

Consistently full-bodied support

ENCAP is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) carrier wall that houses an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) core. This technology is meant to make the platform consistently supportive and full-bodied.

New Balance 1540 v3 full-bodied support

The TPU also maintains its form, preventing sagging or early material breakdown. ENCAP is a classic tech that is used in many of the revival series from the ‘90s, including the New Balance 990 roster.

Superb motion control capability

ROLLBAR is a technology that involves TPU posts in the lateral and medial areas of the platform. These reinforced sections accentuate the motion control capability of this shoe.

New Balance 1540 v3 superb motion

Hence, the medial side prevents overpronation, while the lateral side prevents any unusual outward rolling of the foot throughout each step.

Flexible and lightweight

A foam footbed is placed right on top of the main cushioning system. This add-on is created to put a surface of softness for the foot to experience.

New Balance 1540 v3 foot bed

It is flexible and lightweight, as well. It can be removed or replaced with a new one of the wearer desires to do so.

Irritant-free coverage

The external portion of the New Balance 1540 v3’s upper unit uses a mesh. This material is designed to fully wrap the foot and secure it in place. It has tiny holes that permit environmental air into the interior compartment.

New Balance 1540 v3 irritant-free mesh

The inner sleeve features a soft lining to maintain an irritant-free coverage. It also has micro-pores to preserve the breathable purpose of the outsole textile.

New Balance 1540 v3 is a durable shoe

Printed overlays line the surface of the mesh, covering the front, sides, and rear like a supportive web. This sheet bolsters the durability of the upper unit while also helping with the quality of the fit.

New Balance 1540 v3 stitched-overlays

Stitched-on overlays trace a majority of the areas that the printed variants cover. These layers of suede further encourage the longevity of the facade, acting as a barrier against damage. They’re also meant to improve the lockdown mechanics of the shoe.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 14.9oz / Women 11.2oz
Drop: 10mm
Arch support: Motion control
Pronation: Severe overpronation
Arch type: Low arch
Use: Walking, All-day wear / Jogging / Treadmill

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