The New Balance 1400 v2 launches next month with a complete redesign, but the original 1400 has served New Balance well and has been a top performance shoe for competitive runners over the past year.
Case in point: The women on Team NB (above) are big fans of the 1400 for base training and tempo runs on the road and track. OK, they may be just a little biased, considering they get a paycheck from New Balance. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the 1400 has been a very well liked shoe among our customers as well.
Praise for the 1400
Here are just a couple recent comments from customers who dig the 1400:
- Wore them for a workout last night and they were awesome. Probably my new marathon shoe. Very responsive midsole, upper very flexible, zero hotspots, and lightweight. – Brad, Gurnee, IL
- I find myself always going to this shoe, no matter the distance. They are the lightest shoe I’ve ever owned and they are amazing! – Britney, Carlsbad, CA
- Wow! I have about 30 pair of shoes in my rotation and bought a pair of RC1400 and RC1600 couple of weeks ago. Tried the RC1400 today and was very very impressed. – Espen, Norway
- God’s gift to runners. Seriously this shoe is like butter. This shoe can handle them all, save for long runs. It’s really well cushioned and the seamless upper is amazing. – Matt, St. Paul, MN
1400 v2: What to Expect
So what should we expect in the update to this popular shoe, launching in October? The design is all new but the intent remains the same: a lightweight racer with the responsiveness for speedwork and the cushioning for longer distances. Other notables:
- Weight Reduction: New Balance lists weights of 6.3 oz for a Men’s 9 and 5.4 oz for a Women’s 7. That’s almost an ounce lighter on the guy’s side and a few tenths of an ounce less on the women’s side.
- Same Offset: By our measurements, the 1400 v2 continues on with the 9mm offset of the original.
- Open Mesh: The new design sports a breathable air mesh for increased ventilation.
- RevLite Midsole: The 1400 continues to use New Balance’s lightweight cushioning compound with the same responsiveness and durability of foams that are 30% heavier.
New Balance MR1400 Men's Running Shoe
With more squish than you’d expect in a racing flat, the New Balance 1400 is a great option for training and race day.
(View Men’s MR1440 and Women’s WR1400)
- Lightweight Upper: Open mesh covers the upper, which also features no-sew overlays.
- Midsole Cushioning: The RevLite midsole foam delivers responsive cushioning without the added weight of additional cushioning technology.
- Grippy Outsole: The blown rubber outsole provides durable grip and gives some added cushioning.
When it arrived on the scene in summer 2011, the New Balance 1400 offered bold looks and colors. Now, with every manufacturer stepping up the hues, it might get lost in the loudness. But our testers found the 1400 to be a versatile, lightweight shoe that can easily do double duty on training and race days.
The upper of the 1400 is just what our testers expected in a racing shoe. Pliable, open mesh gives the shoe a breathable feel from heel to toe. The overlays on the mid and forefoot are welded on, providing a nice amount of structure without any detectable seams or hotspots. As you can see, there’s not much room in the toe box, both in terms of height and width. None of our testers felt scrunched in, partly because the shoe runs about 1/4 a size long. We don’t recommend sizing down because testers felt they needed the extra room for a comfortable toe box fit.
The platform of this shoe is what really impresses. Testers found that they could heel strike in total comfort, given the cushioned feel in the rearfoot. Some testers preferred to midfoot strike in this shoe, with a landing that feels a bit firmer. The transition to toe-off is seamless, whether you land on your heel or midfoot. Overall, the 1400 favors softness over responsiveness compared to other racing flats.
“Soft and smooth transition when I heel strike, and a very comfortable ride when midfoot striking as well.” -Lauren
“The midfoot fit is mixed for me. I feel very locked in place but had the thin tongue bunching up on the sides every time I slipped on the shoe.” – Matt
“I haven’t run in a flat with more heel cushioning than the 1400. Would be a nice choice for someone who wants the comfort of their training shoe on race day.” – Daniel