New Balance 1500 T2

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Firm, responsive, snug, and fast: these are words you can use to describe the New Balance 1500 T2. Designed for prime performance, these sneakers will help carry you through your next 5K or even your next marathon. They are an excellent choice for triathletes because they are lightweight and offer the BOA tension cable lacing system which allows for easy one-handed on and off. They are engineered with a bootie-like construction so they are comfortable on the feet and they aren’t too bulky. Their aggressive arrow-shaped lugs are designed to help drive you forward while the REVLite midsole is made to give you a responsive ride. They offer a moderate amount of stability thanks to the medial post and the TBEAM TBU shank that runs along the outside of the shoe and supports the arches. If you tend to overpronate or have flat feet, then these sneakers will help keep your feet in place with each step. These shoes are made for competition but can be worn by any runner from the casual hobby-like runner to the competitive triathlete. No matter what you use them for, they will definitely deliver a fast, supported, and comfortable run.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • BOA lacing system makes them easy to get on and off
  • Engineered mesh upper and FantomFit overlays provide a snug fit
  • Sticky aggressive lugs on outsole aid in speedy performance
  • Medial post and TBEAM TPU construction offer arch support
  • Available in both regular and wide width
Cons
  • Not available in a lot of colorways
  • A bit on the pricier side
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

This sneaker is engineered for speed and because of that, its outsole is designed to grip the ground and help you speed around twists and turns with ease. Its non-prominent sticky arrow shaped lugs heighten surface control and help propel you forward since most of the traction points face the rear. The blown rubber that forms the outsole shields the rest of the shoe from wear and tear and aid in surface traction. There are grooves at the heel and forefoot of the outsole that is designed to bend and flex with your foot’s natural movements to help you have an efficient and responsive run while your feet move naturally within the sneaker. When you take a look at the outsole, you’ll notice the bright reddish-orange T-Beam shank at the arch of the foot on the shoe’s outsole that is there to help give you arch support in addition to excellent traction.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

New Balance’s RevLite foam makes up the midsole of this shoe. This material is an innovative foam compound that provides responsive cushioning and is extremely lightweight. In the 1500 T2, the RevLite midsole has been updated from its predecessors on the lateral side for improved responsiveness. This medial post delivers a hint of support which is especially helpful for the mild to moderate overpronator. The T-Beam shank, which is visible when you look at the outsole, consists of a light, flexible material that is placed on the midfoot for torsional stability and arch support. This sneaker’s insole is a bit more firm in comparison to other running shoes because it is designed for speed and is meant to be a triathlon or race sneaker. However, it can be used for almost any distance run.
Upper
Upper

Upper

One of the major factors that make these the fast shoes that New Balance set out to design lies in its upper. The BOA lacing system is a tension cable system attached to a round knob that sits on the lateral side of each sneaker. With the simple push of a button, you can loosen the cable system and slide your foot out of the shoe or turn the knob and lock it down to make them tighter - all a one-handed operation. This may not be a big deal to the average runner on a day to day basis but if you are in the middle of a triathlon, these seconds you are saving really count. Not to mention, to any runner, a snug and secure fit is always a plus. Aside from the cutting edge BOA lacing system, the shoe’s upper is made up of engineered mesh which is a cloth-like soft and flexible material. The FantomFit overlays allow for a great amount of airflow in conjunction with being very lightweight and snug. The sneaker is also a fast shoe because of its bootie construction and heel pull tab, making it easy to slip on and take off. This bootie construction gives the sneaker a one-piece sock-like feel. The 1500 T2 does not have a traditional tongue, rather, it has a cushioned collar that protrudes in the front and extends down into the instep.
Weight
Weight

Weight

These are pretty lightweight sneakers weighing in at 8.8 ounces for men and 7.1 ounces for women. Being that they are primarily made up of lightweight material and have a small cable for laces, they are extremely light.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The lightweight engineered mesh provides a great amount of breathability. These shoes are designed for racing so it is important that your feet are able to breathe. The bootie design incorporated into the shoes upper gives it the ability to be worn with or without socks. Either way, your feet should get plenty of airflow.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

When you are running your fastest during a competition, you want your feet to be comfortable. Many users sing the praises of the New Balance 1500 T2 and have commented on how remarkably comfortable they are. They offer a low-profile design and have a stretchy bootie-like upper that will fit your foot like a glove - or like a sock. The upper wraps around the top of your foot snugly and the BOA lacing system will keep the shoe in place and will prohibit rubbing and blistering. Because it is a racing shoe, some people suggest possibly going up a 1/2 size only because racing shoes tend to fit a little more snugly to prevent rubbing when running at top speeds. However, that remains to be a personal preference. In the end, these are lightweight and comfortable racing shoes.
Style
Style

Style

Although these are not meant to be lifestyle casual sneakers, they are pretty attractive to look at. The forefoot boasts the New Balance NB logo and the colorways are eye-catching. As previously mentioned, these are racing or triathlon sneakers and aren’t really meant to look awesome when you are out and about doing your everyday things. However, despite that fact, they are attractive low profile sneakers that will look good on any foot.
Durablity
Durablity

Durablity

The 1500 T2 is a sneaker built for speed and isn’t meant to endure ridiculous mileage. With that said, they are solid sneakers and will hold up during multiple competitions. The midsole is made up of firmer RevLite foam that supplies a responsive ride while giving you the support you need while running your hardest. This sneaker’s outsole is made up of plenty of blown rubber that will protect the midsole and help it last for quite some time.
Protection
Protection

Protection

One thing you don’t want while participating in a race, whether it be a triathlon or a 5K, is issues with ground debris. These shoes offer an excellent sticky arrow outsole design made to help you through twists and turns and protect your hard-working feet from anything on the ground that may come across your path. These are not minimalist sneakers so you won’t feel the ground beneath your feet but you will feel yourself being propelled forward thanks to the outsole.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

This sneaker’s REVLite foam gives it ultimate responsiveness and durability of foams 30% heavier. The innovative foam that makes up the shoe’s midsole delivers a lightweight and responsive ride without minimizing construction or sacrificing cushioning or stability. The blown rubber outsole with its arrow-like lugs also helps to propel you forward from touch down to take off.
Support
Support

Support

The support offered through the 1500 T2 is mainly thanks to its upper. The engineered mesh and FantomFit overlays provide an extremely snug and personalized fit, helping to keep your feet in place throughout your run. The BOA lacing system helps to lock down the shoe to your foot, helping it to stay in place which means that your shoe is snug and supported. The T-Beam arch support and medial post that is prevalent in the midsole will also aid in arch support and help mild overpronation, allowing your foot to stay in place with each step.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The New Balance 1500 T2 is engineered to give you the best race time possible; it is designed to be a race shoe. Its lightweight and easy on and off design will give any triathlon competitor the leg up. However, just because it is made to be a racing shoe doesn’t mean it can’t be worn on the regular day-to-day runs. It isn’t meant to be a high stability shoe but will keep your feet safe and supported whether you are running one mile or twenty. With that said, it is best worn on the road or treadmill, not the trail.
Price
Price

Price

New Balance is a well known and trusted brand in athletic shoes. The price for these well-engineered competition racers is a little high but they come with the trusted New Balance name.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the 1500 T2 is designed to help you grip the ground with speed. Its sticky arrow-like lugs will propel you forward and deliver the propulsion you desire when you are competing. Users have said that these shoes are pretty reliable when it comes to grip, whether on wet or dry land.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

You definitely don’t want a stiff and heavy sneaker strapped to your foot when you are trying to run your best race. For that reason, the New Balance 1500 T2 is an excellent option. They are lightweight and have an excellent amount of flexibility. The heel and forefoot of this shoe boast flex grooves that are designed to encourage the sole of the shoe to bend in conjunction with your natural foot flex while you run, making your stride uninhibited by lack of flexibility.
Stability
Stability

Stability

These shoes offer a good amount of stability for being racing shoes. They are designed to deliver a great racing experience and are engineered to stay put on your feet while gripping the ground securely. The T-Beam arch support system will keep your feet supported especially if you have flat feet while the medial post T-Beam shank will aid in keeping your foot in line as you step, especially if you tend to overpronate.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Being that these are racing sneakers, they don’t have a large drop. Rather, they have a moderate drop of 6mm and are designed to propel you forward with each step.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- BOA tension cable lacing system
- FantomFit overlays allow great airflow
- Medial post T-Beam TBU shank in the midsole
- Sticky arrow-shape rubber design on blown rubber outsole
- REVLite foam midsole provides a responsive and supported ride
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Whether you are looking to ensure a snug fit on your everyday runs or if you are wanting a triathlon sneaker that will help you change in and out of your shoes quickly, the New Balance 1500 T2 is an excellent option. They are lightweight, deliver optimal race performance, look great, and are comfortable with their bootie-like construction. The BOA lacing system will give you an edge during competition or just allow you to keep your shoes tight on your feet if you tend to experience heel slippage. The sleek design of these sneakers not only looks great but also performs well. Many users have commented on how comfortable and reliable they are, even if they may be a little pricey. If you are looking for a reliable, comfortable, low-profile sneaker then this is the right shoe for you.