New Balance 587 vs. New Balance 1540 review

New Balance 587 is a highly stable motion control shoe with a good dose of cushioning. New Balance 1540 provides the ultimate in motion control to severe overpronators. Learn more...

The New Balance 587 and the New Balance 1540 are motion control running shoes that are meant to be worn by excessive overpronators who require lots of stability and support.

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The New Balance 587 and the New Balance 1540 both have very supportive uppers that consist of mesh with synthetic overlays.

The overlays of the New Balance 587 are sturdy stiched-on overlays that provide a good lockdown around the midfoot and around the heel.

The upper of the New Balance New Balance 1540 differs in that it consists of a combination of stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

The stitched-on overlays provide a good lockdown around the midfoot and the heel, and the no-sew overlays have been added in-between the stitched-on overlays to add more support and structure to the upper.

All in all, the New Balance 587 should provide a tighter wrapping of the foot than the New Balance 1540. But the mesh of the New Balance 1540 is more open than that of the New Balance 587, so the New Balance 1540 is a more breathable shoe.

And the no-sew overlays on the New Balance 1540 should add to your comfort by not causing irritation points.

The midsoles of the New Balance 1540 and the New Balance 587 differ somewhat in cushioning and pronation control.

While both have a Rollbar to control overpronation, its purpose is slightly different. Both the New Balance 1540 and the New Balance 587 have a Rollbar on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe.

However, the Rollbar on the lateral side of the New Balance 587 is much larger than the lateral post on the New Balance 1540. In addition, the firmer piece of foam in which the Rollbar is embedded runs from the back of the heel halfway towards the arch in the New Balance 587 on both sides of the shoe. This firmer piece of foam is only located on the medial of the New Balance 1540.

The lateral posts on both shoes are there to prevent supination at heel-strike and then when your foot rolls in, the medial posts minimize pronation. The supination (outward rolling) control is stronger on the New Balance 587, while the pronation (inward rolling) control is stronger on the New Balance 1540.

The main function of the lateral and medial posts in the New Balance 587 is to minimize rearfoot movement, stabilize the foot, and keep it in a neutral plane, while the main function of the posts in the New Balance 1540 is to stop excessive overpronation and provide a degree of pronation control similar to other traditional motion control running shoes.

So the New Balance 1540 comes closer to a traditional stability running shoe for severe overpronators than the New Balance 587 does.

The midsole cushioning in the two running shoes also differ. The heel of the New Balance 587 is largely made up of Absorb cushioning topped by a rim of firm cushioning, and a unit of Absorb cushioning in the forefoot.

The New Balance 1540 has a much larger rim of firm cushioning in the heel combined with an Absorb crash pad unit on the lateral side under the heel.

So the New Balance 587 should feel softer – especially under the heel – than the New Balance 1540, since it has more Absorb cushioning, which is highly shock absorbant.

The outsoles of both running shoes are broad, flat, straight, and provide full ground contact. So both shoes are very stable shoes and suitable for people who have broad and/or flat feet.

The New Balance 1540 has mostly blown rubber in its outsole with durable rubber in high-wear areas. The blown rubber should add some more cushioning and flexibility to the running shoe.

But because the New Balance 587 has two side-to-side flex grooves in the forefoot and one in the heel, it might feel less stiff than the New Balance 1540. But stiffness should not be a problem for heavier runners who are the target audience of the New Balance 1540.

The New Balance W587 for women weighs approximately 11.9 oz (337 grams) and the New Balance W1540 for women weighs about 12 oz (340 grams).

The New Balance M587 for men weighs approximately 15 oz (425 grams) and the New Balance M1540 for men weighs about 14.8 oz (420 grams).

So there are minimal differences in the weight of the shoes.

If you are a heavy runner looking for a running shoe that provides an excellent amount of pronation control and cushioning that is not too soft, then the New Balance 1540 could be the one for you.

If you are looking for a motion control running shoe that can stabilize your foot well and provide soft landings, then the New Balance 587 might be it.

While not a typical running shoe, the New Balance 587 is ideal to walk in or wear as an everyday comfortable motion control shoe, or for those who have flat feet or medical-related mobility issues.

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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