New Balance shoes are popular among runners with excessive overpronation. New Balance shoes generally have a lot of stability and support, both of which are crucial for overpronators in order to run safely and comfortably. In the article below, we are going to discuss the comparisons between New Balance 1340v2 and New Balance 1540v2. Both are popular models on the market right now, but, depending on your condition and preference, you may find either New Balance 1340v2 or New Balance 1540v2 to be more suitable.
These two models have quite different uppers. New Balance 1540v2 features a combination of modern no-sew overlays and traditional stitched-on overlays on its upper. One great thing about the shoe is that the stitched-on overlays wrap around the midfoot very well, guaranteeing great, dependable support. On the other hand, New Balance1340v2 comes with semi-no-sew overlays that wrap the midfoot on both the medial and the lateral sides, so you can also expect lots of support here. Both models secure the heel with great support, too, and they keep your foot in place very well. Both are very supportive running shoes. Neither really outshines the other in this aspect.
These two models differ the most in the midsole. They use different components to control pronation. New Balance 1340v2 is more of a traditional stability running shoe, featuring a piece of firmer foam that is reinforced by a midfoot shank on the medial side of the midsole to stop the foot from rolling too inward. On the other hand, New Balance 1540v2 features a new, sophisticated technology called Rollbar, which provides stability on both the lateral and medial sides. The Rollbar device is located under the heel and connected to both sides of the shoe. This way, the shoe will prevent your foot from rolling too inward or outward.
Both models have the ActevaLite midsole foam for soft yet durable cushioning. But New Balance 1340v2 has a crash pad under the heel, whereas New Balance 1540v2 has no crash pad. So, New Balance 1340v2 can give you a smoother ride than New Balance 1540v2.
New Balance 1540v2 has full ground contact, which is great for stability. On the other hand, though, New Balance 1340v2 also has decent ground contact despite the midfoot shank. Compared to New Balance 1540v2, New Balance 1340v2 has more separation between the rubber pods on the outsole, allowing for better shock absorption and flexibility.
New Balance 1340v2 is the more suitable choice for most people. It has decent support and stability suitable for overpronators, and is smoother, thanks to the crash pad. However, if you have some mechanical issue, for example you both underpronate and overpronate, then New Balance 1540v2 should be your choice. The Rollbar feature will give you the superior support that you need on both sides of the shoe.