New Balance 1540v2 provides rearfoot stability and a good amount of support. The New Balance 1340v2 is a more traditaional stability running shoe that provides lots of support.
The New Balance 1540v2 and the New Balance 1340v2 are motion control running shoes that are meant to be worn by excessive overpronators who require lots of stability and support.
The uppers of the New Balance 1340v2 and the New Balance 1540v2 differ in that the New Balance 1540v2 has a combination of traditional stitched-on overlays and no-sew overlays in between.
Traditional stiched-on overlays more or less guarantee providing you with good support in the upper, especially when they wrap the midfoot well as they do in the New Balance 1540v2 .
The New Balance 1340v2 has semi-no-sew overlays wrapping the midfoot on both the lateral and medial sides of the shoe, so you can expect to also get a good amount of support from the New Balance 1340v2.
Both the New Balance 1540v2 and the New Balance 1340v2 provide good support behind the heel to keep your foot in place. So in terms of support in the upper, one running shoe does not really stick out above the other; they are both very supportive running shoes.
The biggest difference between the New Balance 1540v2 and the New Balance 1340v2 can be found in the midsole where each running shoe uses a different device to control pronation.
The New Balance 1340v2 looks more like other traditional stability running shoes that offer runners who tend to roll their feet inward after heel-strike, a piece of firmer foam on the medial side of the midsole that is reinforced by a midfoot shank to help stop your foot from rolling too far inward.
The New Balance 1540v2 is different in that it does not only provide stability when your foot rolls inward by also having firmer foam on the medial side in its midsole, but also if your foot happens to roll outward.
The New Balance 1540v2 implements what is called a Rollbar that provides lateral and medial rearfoot stability by having a device under your heel and connecting it to both sides of the shoe.
It is one of the few running shoes on the market that still implement such a device. The other New Balance running shoe that offers similar functionality is the New Balance 587.
Both the New Balance 1540v2 and the New Balance 1340v2 make use of ActevaLite midsole foam mixed with other more durable foam and foam that provides more cushioning. The latter can be found especially in the New Balance 1340v2.
The New Balance 1340v2 has a crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe around the lateral side to provide you with a soft touchdown and smoother transitions as you go through the gait-cycle. The New Balance 1540v2 does not really have such a crash pad.
However, the New Balance 1540v2 provides full ground contact with its outsole whereas the New Balance 1340v2 has a midfoot shank but still provides good ground contact. Both should offer you a good heel-to-toe transition.
The New Balance 1340v2 also has more separation between its rubber pods in the outsole than the New Balance 1540v2, which is good for shock absorption and flexibility.
The New Balance 1540v2 for women weighs approximately 11.3 oz (320 grams) and the New Balance 1340v2 for women weighs about 11.4 oz (323 grams).
The New Balance 1540v2 for men weighs approximately 14.6 oz (414 grams) and the New Balance 1340v2 for men weighs about 13.5 oz (383 grams).
Making a choice between the New Balance 1540v2 and the New Balance 1340v2 should not be a problem. If you are looking for a more traditional stability running shoe that offers lots of support both in its upper as well as in its midsole, then the New Balance 1340v2 would be one to look into.
If you are someone who has mechanical issues or both underpronate and overpronate, then the New Balance 1540v2 would be the one to look into. Both running shoes should offer a good amount of support to heavier runners.
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.
This review falls under: New Balance