New Balance 1500v1 running shoes review

Comfy, light and stable – an impressive shoe

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New Balance 1500v1 running shoes


A lightweight racer (245g) with a medial post in its midsole is unusual – it’s more common in heavier training shoes – but it certainly adds to the stability of what’s a pretty impressive shoe.

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NB’s trademark Revlite EVA performs cushioning duties with style, the 6mm drop just right for a smooth transition from landing to toe-off.

As for the upper, the mesh base is overlayed with synthetic strips around the toe bumper for added strength and durability, and is fused rather than stitched, saving weight and adding to the flowing aesthetics.

Comfort’s good with or without socks; the micro-lugs on the outsole ensure impressive grip; and a heel loop lends a nod to T2. The price is also good for a lightweight racer and, like many shoes in the NB range, there’s a choice of width fittings.

Verdict: Surprisingly comfortable shoe but not to the detriment of speed, 88%


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