New Balance 1340v2 vs. New Balance 587 review

New Balance 1340v2 is a motion control running shoe that provides good stability, support, and cushioning. New Balance 587 is comfortable, supportive, and highly stable. Learn more...

The New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 587 are both motion control running shoes from New Balance geared towards runners who exhibit a moderate to severe degree of overpronation.

The New Balance 1340v2 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com is a much newer running shoe than the New Balance 587, which has been around for a while. So the former makes use of newer running shoe technologies.

The big difference between the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 587 lies in the tooling used to control overpronation.

The New Balance 587 makes use of Rollbar technology that consists of a lateral and a medial post to minimize rearfoot movement and provide stability.

The New Balance 1340v2 makes use of a medial post (Extended Web) and a T-Beam midfoot shank that extends into the medial post to provide reinforcement and pronation control as your foot rolls inward.

Because the medial post of the New Balance 1340v2 runs almost from the back of the midsole till slightly past the arch in contrast to the medial post of the New Balance 587 that runs from the back of the shoe till halfway towards the arch, you can expect to get a stronger degree of pronation control near the arch from the New Balance 1340v2.

The New Balance 587 is more geared towards providing both supination and pronation control under the rearfoot to stabilize it and keep it in a neutral plane.

It provides a soft landing with supination control at heel-strike via the lateral medial post and Absorb cushioning in the heel, and it provides pronation control as your foot rolls inward via the medial post.

The New Balance 1340v2 is more geared towards providing you with a soft landing at heel-strike via an Absorb crash pad under the heel and then as your foot rolls inward, stop pronation via the medial post.

So the New Balance 1340v2 is more of a traditional stability running shoe than the New Balance 587, since it does not have a lateral post, but a crash pad instead.

Staying with the midsoles, both running shoes provide a good amount of shock absorption. The heel of the New Balance 587 consists of a rim of firmer cushioning combined with Absorb cushioning. In addition, it has a unit of Absorb cushioning in the forefoot.

The New Balance 1340v2 has N2 cushioning in the heel, and in addition to that, it also has Absorb cushioning in its crash pad under the heel, which runs along the lateral side of the shoe.

But because the New Balance 587 has much more Absorb cushioning in the heel than the New Balance 1340v2, it might feel more cushy in heel.

The outsoles of the two running shoes also differ considerably in that the outsole of the New Balance 587 is wide, flat, and straight, while that of the New Balance 1340v2 looks more like that of a traditional running shoe with a midfoot shank between the rearfoot and the forefoot.

Because the New Balance 587 provides full ground contact, it is the more stable shoe of the two. However, because the outsole of the New Balance 1340v2 is well-segmented with lots of flex grooves between the rubber lugs, you should not only get good shock absorption, but also expect a more flexible ride from the New Balance 1340v2.

The uppers of both running shoes consist of a combination of mesh with synthetic overlays. The New Balance 1340v2 has traditional stitched-on overlays just like the New Balance 587.

While both running shoes have a similar amount of overlays, the overlays around the midfoot are broader and cover the entire midfoot in the New Balance 587. The New Balance 1340v2 is more "open", so also more breathable.

You can expect to get a good lockdown on the platform at the midfoot and around the heel from both running shoes, since both have good supportive uppers.

The main difference is in the way the two running shoes look. The New Balance 1340v2 is just more modern and looks more like a traditional running shoe than the New Balance 587.

The New Balance 587 weighs approximately 11.9 oz (337 grams) while the New Balance 1340v2 weighs 11.4 oz (323 grams) in the women's models. The men's models of the running shoes weigh about 15 oz (425 grams) and 13.5 oz (383 grams), respectively, with the New Balance 1340v2 being lighter.

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

And if you are looking for a motion control shoe that can stabilize your rearfoot through supination and pronation control, and provide soft landings, then the New Balance 587 could 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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