New Balance 1340v2 vs. 1540 review

What is the difference between the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1540? Read this review to find out and decide which motion control running shoe is best for you.

Both the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1540 are motion control running shoes that are geared towards moderate to severe overpronators.


The New Balance 1340v2 The preceding link takes you to is slightly newer than the New Balance 1540 The preceding link takes you to, so it is also expected to have better stability and cushioning features.

New Balance is definitely stepping up the look of its shoes and making them more attractive gender-wise. The New Balance 1340v2 comes in a nice pink/purple combination for women. Its uppers consist of a combination of mesh with synthetic overlays, just like the New Balance 1540.

The difference in the uppers lies in the fact that the New Balance 1540 has a no-sew upper to avoid causing irritation, while the New Balance 1340v2 does not. And the New Balance 1540 has more overlays than the New Balance 1340v2, so is expected to wrap your foot better.

You can also see this as the New Balance 1340v2 giving your foot more freedom to move, but wrapping it where it is most needed, i.e. directly over your midfoot and behind your heel, while allowing space for large bunions and a looser and more breathable toe area.

Nonetheless, both New Balance motion control running shoes should keep your foot stable and firm on the running platform.

The big difference between the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1540 lies in the midsole and the tooling used to control pronation.

The New Balance 1540 uses a RollBar that has both medial and lateral posts to control pronation, while the New Balance 1340v2 uses a dual density post called Extended WEB that is located only on the medial side of the shoe to deliver midfoot support, increased stability, and moderate pronation control. This, combined with a midfoot shank called T-Beam that provides torsion stability and arch support directly under your midfoot and which separates the forefoot from the heel.

All in all, you should expect to get more pronation control from the New Balance 1540 than from the New Balance 1340v2. And the all-in-one outsole of the New Balance 1540 should provide you with an increased stability despite perhaps feeling a bit less flexible.

The separation of the rubber lugs in the outsole of the New Balance 1340v2 should add to its flexibility in the forefoot and shock absorption and attenuation under the heel. And with the Abzorb cushioning in the forefoot and a crash pad under the heel, your landings and take-offs should feel quite soft and smooth.

The running platform of the New Balance 1340v2 also has the form of a more traditional running shoe compared to that of the New Balance 1540, which is broad, flat, yet very stable. So if you have flat and wide feet, the New Balance 1540 might fit and feel better on your feet.

The outsoles of both the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1540 consist of a combination of blown rubber and durable rubber in high wear areas, with a crash pad under the heel to provide shock absorption.

The New Balance 1340v2 uses N2 cushioning in the heel, which is low-to-the-ground cushioning that is responsive and durable, while the New Balance 1540 uses ENCAP cushioning, which is a soft cushioning EVA in the midsole with a tough rim for more support and durability.

The New Balance 1540 is a sneaker that weighs approximately 12 oz (340 grams), which is 0.6 oz (17 grams) heavier than the New Balance 1340v2, which weighs approximately 11.4 oz (323 grams).

If you are looking for a motion control running shoe that looks like a more traditional running shoe, is relatively light, provides good cushioning, soft landings, good transitions from heel-strike to toe-off with a moderate amount of pronation control, then the New Balance 1340v2 might be worth looking into.

If you need a bit more pronation control than the New Balance 1340v2 would supply, have broad feet, do not mind wearing a shoe that is a bit heavier, and are looking for stability above being able to run efficiently, then the New Balance 1540 might be the one for you.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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