Who should buy the New Balance 1500 v5

You will love the New Balance 1500 v5 if:

  • You want a running shoe that can be used for daily, long-distance running or marathons
  • You want a shoe with striking colors that is dependable and very agreeable to use designed for neutral pronators

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Updates to the New Balance 1500 v5

  • The New Balance 1500 v5 has an uncluttered façade that encourages natural movement while evoking a sleek visual aspect.
  • A breathable mesh is used for the upper unit, with small air-slits to enable the circulation of air in and through the foot-chamber.
  • The FantomFit support system involves the exterior mesh and an internal sleeve that’s fused without seams.
  • REVlite is a full-length cushioning unit that’s meant to protect the foot from impact while energizing the toe-off.
  • The rubber outsole with triangular patterns and prominent grooves aims to heighten both traction and flexibility.
  • New Balance describes the 1500v5 as a racing flat that can handle 5K races and the Marathon. Its build is typically an indicator of speed, with a foot-hugging last and upper that fully emphasizes the heel-to-toe transition that’s inherent with taking each step.
  • The semi-prominent convex structure of the forefoot section inspires midfoot or forefoot striking, a technique of running that is considered to be more efficient and less straining to the foot than the typical method of landing the heel on the ground.  

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Bend the foot naturally with the New Balance 1500 v5 outsole

The outsole unit of the New Balance 1500 v5 is comprised of a thick rubber compound. It has a set of triangular patterns that are meant to improve traction over the surfaces. Flex grooves on the forefoot allow the wearer to bend the toe-joints naturally, especially when gearing towards the toe-off.

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Protect your foot against land impacts with the New Balance 1500 v5 midsole

The midsole unit of the 1500 v5 is comprised of REVlite foam. This cushioned piece runs the entire length of the platform, giving support to the whole foot of the wearer. New Balance advertises this product to be 30% lighter than the industry-standard compounds. It protects against landing impact while energizing the toe-off phase of the step. 

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An insole is placed on top of the primary cushioning unit. This add-on adds a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. It can be removed or replaced with a new one or a custom insert.

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Secured yet breathable running experience with the New Balance 1500 v5 upper

The New Balance 1500 v5 utilizes a breathable mesh upper to provide a well-ventilated wrap. The cloth-like texture of the mesh is meant to permit natural foot flexibility. Small sipes on its surface serve as channels through which air can pass.

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A traditional lacing system is used for this running shoe. Flat laces go through discreet, overlay-reinforced eyelets, allowing the runner to quickly adjust the tightness or looseness of the fit without worrying about hot spots or material bunching.

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The FantomFit skeletal engineering uses both the exterior mesh and a soft internal sleeve to ensure a sock-like wearing experience. The runner is treated with a foot-hug that is smooth and non-irritating. Such a design may agree with those who do not want to wear socks when running.

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The tongue unit of the New Balance 1500 v5 has been connected to the interior of the upper using elastic bands. This gusseting method is coined by the brand as Meta-Lock. It helps the rest of the upper in achieving a snug and secure coverage by centering the tongue and keeping it as close to the instep as possible.

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A padded collar cushions the ankles and the Achilles tendon. It also prevents the foot from wobbling inside the shoe or exiting the interior chamber accidentally.

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A pull-tab is stitched onto the back of the collar. This fabric add-on is meant to help the runner when it comes to removing or wearing the New Balance 1500 v5, acting as a finger loop and a widener of the shoe opening.

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Curated graphics adorn the façade. The NB logo is placed in front, headlined by sharp streaks that represent speed and forward motion. Emblazoned on the left and right sides of the heel area is the ‘new balance’ name.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 230g / Women 196g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Stability
Update: New Balance 1500 v6
Forefoot height: 17mm
Heel height: 23mm

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