New Balance 1400: The successor to the 1569

When it comes to progress, New Balance knows a thing or two. Case in point: The 1400 improves over its predecessor—the 1569—in certain areas, the most noteworthy of which are as follows:

Improved heel counter

The New Balance 1400’s rear part has a broader stitched-on overlay, which provides extra heel support. Its cut-out section is flexible, too, promoting rearfoot mobility.

Fewer seams

With a more streamlined leather upper, the 1400 is less of a dirt magnet than the first iteration. This means that the featured hiker is more resistant to wear and tear and easier to clean.

Enhanced water protection

Besides being lined with a waterproof membrane, the seams of the boot’s upper are sealed shut, giving trail-goers bolstered defenses against wetness. There is also the 1400’s gusseted tongue, which fences out not only moisture but also intrusive debris (think sand and mulch).

Pull loop

A feature not part of the New Balance 1569, the 1400’s heel pull loop grants easier on and off. You can also use it to clip the boot to your pack if you prefer.

Nice to know

  • The New Balance 1400 in Dark Brown colorway is eligible for a Medicare reimbursement.
  • Looking for insulated hiking boots? Look no further than the grey 1400—a fully insulated pair.


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