New Balance 1500v3

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If you’re not well-acquainted with New Balance, here’s a quick rundown- they’re a popular shoe manufacturer that focuses mainly on functional and comfortable footwear rather than making a bold fashion statement. With the third version of their 1500 line of running shoes, New Balance has made a lot of interesting design choices that reflect these values. Some of these choices are great for particular kinds of runners, while other changes are bound to infuriate others. To find out whether the 1500v3’s will thrill you or irritate you, check out our in-depth review!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Highly flexible
  • Accommodates wider feet
  • Excellent medial support
  • Decent heel support
  • Amazing traction
Cons
  • Diminished stability
  • Awkward style
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Positive
  • These shoes helped me shave time off of my second marathon. They did give me a little damage on my feet but I was expecting that, I am a pretty tough runner. They absorbed all the shock and the pounding I gave them though and they didn't wear that much. I will probably follow the reviews and go a half to whole size up next time and add some extra arch support.
  • I was excited that the toe box had great room and that the heel was snug. These shoes are so light weight and have great support and cushion. I feel they fit so great because of the tongue design. They are really snug and do not move around; kind of like a sock.
  • II got some mean toe bruises and a sore ankle from the first pair although they were comfortable otherwise. I ran a marathon. However, I ended up ordering these a half size larger this time and I have no issues. THey are so stable and durable and comfortable. I really love this shoe and glad that I figured out the sizing issue.
  • These are lightweight and offer perfect mid range support. I ran 16 miles right out of the box with these and they were great; they didn't leave me with any pain.
  • These shoes fixed my neuroma. They fit to size in the wide version and I am so happy to not be in pain any more.
  • I really enjoyed the v2 model of these and an them till they were falling apart. These were designed more as a slip on style, which is great in preventing tongue slippage. However, it makes them a little snug and difficult to get on. These shoes are super light and comfortable though and have really helped me with my time on my runs. I also took these on my marathon and the held up great and the construction is phenomenal.
  • These are equal to the 1500v2 in my opinion. They are a half size too small so go bigger. My v2 wore down fairly quickly but these have held up way better. These are also really durable and have great traction.
  • I overpronate and these shoes have been more supportive than I wa expecting. I have used them for every type of gym activity I can think f and they have not disappointed. THey are super light and stable, which is a dream and the comfort is way above expectation. I did order them a half size bigger and that worked out great for me. They are a little more difficult to get on than my normal shoes but that isn't a big deal to me. I am over all impressed with this shoe and its design.
  • It has been hard for me t keep these clean. But, as a shoe, they are the best. They are comfortable and stylish and have great support.
  • Although these came in way tighter than any NB I have ordered over the past 15 years, they still held up in comfort. Surprisingly, they were wide in the toe box, so I didn’t exchange them. They have loosened up with use and they are really stable and are a great material and quality.
  • The grip, comfort and weight on these are beyond standard. They are great shoes. They run a little narrow but stretch out with wear
  • These are a great stable shoe. They were perfect for my flat feet, i mean, I have pancake feet and these really held me together on my run.
  • These shoes are magic. The first week I took them 20 miles thinking I would have to break them in. THat was not the case. These shoes are stellar in quality and thy really kept me stable on all my runs. They have a great insole but I used a little extra arch support and they were even better. These shoes are light and stay tight due to the great elastic laces. They also have a great grip on the bottom and wet surfaces are no problem. Good quality shoes!
  • These are really good looking shoes. I use these for my sprints and laterals and they have held up wonderfully. I love racing i these because they make me feel a lot faster. Great shoe NB.
  • I was not happy that I had to exchange for a whole size difference. However, they have made up for it in style and comfort.
  • I was able to wear these in my half marathon and then keep them on after for the festivities and my feet were just fine. They have great support and durability and I love the design. Super stylish and all over great shoe.
  • These fit my narrow foot like a glove. They have a great profile and the comfort is like no other. I recommend these to anyone who wants a great casual runner.
  • I did really have to break these in; it took a bit of wear. However, they turned out to be a really great and durable shoe. I use these for my shorter runs because they are a it on the heavier side. I do like that the heel is smaller and the toe is wider, great combination for a foot like mine.
  • They fit really great and snug at a half size bigger They are very light and comfy and and I love wearing these with everything. All around a great shoe and design.
  • These really help my overpronation and I am able to wear them with all my gym activities without them bothering me; they never fail me. I love the colors and get a lot of compliments on them.
  • I was so happy to find that the wide on these is a tru wide. I have ridiculously wide feet and these fit great. Hey have all the support I need and are really comfortable. Best shoes out there in my opinion.
Negative
  • I liked that thee reflected and had all these extra style options for runners. And, the grip and tread were great. But, they were the worst in sizing. They were so tight my feet and toes were going numb. I even got the a bigger size and they still were just too narrow. I am so disappointed.
  • Horrible, horrible shoe! They are so uncomfortable around the ankles, they caused me blisters and kept digging into my ankles. I think they forgot to add cushion to these too because it was nonexistent. These are going right to the Goodwill.
  • I wanted to love these shoes. THey were such a great color and design. Well, we just weren't a match. They had a really bad hot spot for me in the left shoe that was killing my pinky toe. I even exchanged to make sure it wasn't just that shoe but it still wa a problem. It also had a slight dig in the ankle, which was dreadful.
  • Once again they have screwed up the sizing. They get smaller and smaller. I am going to change brands, this is so annoying.
  • These seem to be a downgrade. The soles were so stiff I couldn't walk in them They are super narrow too. Way different than the other types in this model.
  • I ended up sending these back. They were way too small. It is really annoying I cannot get my size.
  • The insoles were like thick cardboard and had no flexibility to them. The quality o these shoes is a downgrade as well. They run really small as well and I just am not happy with them at all.
  • I have bought all the 1500v styles and these are so off in the size. What in the heck is going on. They get smaller and smaller every time they get a new one.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

A combination of hard rubber and blown rubber is used for the construction of the 1500v3’s outsole, with the harder material in the rear and the softer material in the front. This works to provide support for heel striking while increasing handling on the forefoot, all without weighing the shoe down. In addition, the pointed design of the outsole is similar to the lugs found on most trail shoes, offering a level of traction that is excellent for some of these environments. With all of these features considered, the outsole of these New Balance shoes is extremely impressive.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The New Balance 1500v3 has a few interesting features in its midsole that you’d have a tough time finding anywhere else. The Revlite EVA foam is similar to other midsole materials but manages to provide a comparable amount of cushion with a lower total weight. In addition, an emphasis on medial foot protection helps to provide a greater degree of arch support to many competing brands. One unfortunate downside about the 1500v3’s midsole construction is that the foam used for it isn’t as durable as more heavier foam. This means that these shoes won’t work well when running over long distances such as marathons, and should mostly be used in 5K’s or half marathons instead.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Using New Balance’s Fantomfit design for the construction of the 1500v3’s upper, most of the seams and other uncomfortable protuberances that compose the majority of standard running shoes uppers are eliminated in this model. This results in a much more comfortable fit that doesn’t sacrifice any positive features, such as a high degree of breathability and a low weight. There is an inner sleeve placed in the upper that provides a snug fit, but one confusing design choice made with these shoes is to attach this sleeve to the tongue. This results in a tougher time securing the tongue in one position, which can detract from this shoe’s overall comfort.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Weighing in at just under 8 ounces, these shoes will feel very light on your feet. This is made possible with the use of lighter materials to construct these shoes, such as the Revlite EVA material used for the midsole and the Fantomfit upper material. What’s even more impressive is that these shoes manage to have such a low weight while still offering a significant amount of traction with its outsole. This makes these shoes perfect for individuals looking to transition from track running to trail running since these shoes serve as a perfect stepping stone from standard running shoes to heavier trail shoes.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

In order to provide a high degree of breathability, these running shoes are predominantly composed of a highly ventilated mesh material in the upper portion. This helps to facilitate airflow throughout the entirety of your foot while nestled in the shoe, but the addition of an inner sleeve can counteract some of these benefits. However, the use of mesh material is much greater in the New Balance 1500v3’s than in most other running shoes on the market, which helps to compensate for this tradeoff. Furthermore, the overall light weight of these shoes helps to prevent the accumulation of sweat due to the decreased amount of effort needed for running in them.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

One thing that New Balance is renowned for is it’s accommodations for runners with wider feet. These 1500v3’s offer this same benefit, offering special sizes that feature a wider sole for this very purpose. This level of comfort is appealing to these special cases, but unfortunately lost on runners with narrower feet. An insole with medial foot cushioning offers some more comfort, but it also detracts from the shallow heel drop. Finally, the lighter and more flexible midsole helps to facilitate minimalist-style running, but doesn’t capitalize on this with any additional features. The result is a shoe that offers a little bit for every different style of running, but nothing cohesive.
Style
Style

Style

New Balance is notorious for their style. Being designed more for pure functionality than any fashion statement, these shoes tend to look bulky and old-fashioned. When compared to popular running shoes from brands like Asics and Nike, they look outdated and garish, garnering the common title of ‘dad shoes.’ However, the multiple fluorescent color schemes help to offset this unfortunate design with a bit of flair. Regardless, you shouldn’t expect any style points when running in these shoes or any other shoes from this brand.
Durability
Durability

Durability

With a greater amount of protection on the outsole than many competing brands of running shoe, the 1500v3’s a level of durability in this regard that is difficult to find in other shoes of its kind. However, this durability still pales in comparison to the level of endurance present in heavier trail shoes that are meant for inclines and rough weather. Furthermore, the use of lighter material in the midsole detracts slightly from the overall durability of these New Balance shoes, making them better suited for half marathons than a full one. The result is a durability that is passable, but not perfect.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The outsoles on these running shoes offer a superb level of protection for the bottoms of your feet against the ground you are running on. In fact, the New Balance 1500v3 features outsoles that are protective enough to be used on terrain otherwise inhospitable to many other standard running shoes, such as rocky paths or hard dirt. Another protective measure implemented in this shoe’s build is their Fantomfit upper, which has a seamless construction. This lack of seams or tags helps to maintain a high level of protection from the elements while still maintaining protection from chafes and blisters.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

These New Balance shoes are highly responsive due to the snug fit from the upper’s foot sleeve and the overall light weight of the entire shoe. Because of these features, the 1500v3’s feel extremely responsive to even the smallest of movements made by your feet and won’t result in any wasted energy. One area in which responsiveness may suffer, however, is in the midsole. Due to the lightweight EVA foam used for this midsole and the lack of a full rock plate, a level of stiffness that is common to running shoes is absent here, resulting in a bit less stability that can result in inefficient movements.
Support
Support

Support

This is an aspect of shoe design that New Balance does best. Many runners specifically choose New Balance shoes over other brands because of the high level of support offered by them. This is especially true for runners who suffer from overpronation and runners with wider feet, as the wider sizes can provide the necessary support for their specific needs. In addition to having these wider sizes, the 1500v3’s offer hard rubber on the heel and an arch-supporting insole. The result is a shoe that provides terrific support for the heel and arch, no matter how wide or narrow your feet may be.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

For running shoes, the types of terrain that are accommodated by these New Balance shoes is very impressive. The light weight and flexibility offered by the 1500v3’s make them ideal for running on standard track and field surfaces, such as grass and Olympic running track. However, the outsole design mimics the design of most trail shoe outsoles, making these shoes excellent at handling some more uneven terrain such as hard dirt or rocky trails. The lack of stability makes it a bad idea to try using them in more severe environments, such as on an incline or during heavy rain, but the end result is a running shoe that is able to handle some tougher terrain than what is standard.
Price
Price

Price

The price tag that these running shoes commonly come with isn’t the least expensive in the world of running shoes, but it is far from the most expensive. In fact, the average price of the New Balance 1500v3’s fall on the lower end of the average, making them some of the more affordable offerings. What adds to the overall value of these shoes is the fact that they can handle some of the needs of trail shoes, which come at a significantly higher price point on average. When compared to running shoes, the price is a bit below the average, but in comparison to trail shoes the difference is enormous.
Traction
Traction

Traction

A few design choices are present in these running shoes that aid their overall traction. These include a sleeve to provide a snug fit and small lugs on the outsole to provide grip on rougher terrain. However, there are some features that take away from the shoes’ traction as well, such as the greater degree of flexibility from the lighter midsole that takes away from its overall stability. This can make certain styles of foot striking more difficult, allowing less control for runners who like to emphasize heel striking. However, for runners who appreciate a lightweight and tight-fitting shoe when running on tracks or flat trails, the traction offered by the New Balance 1500v3 will service their needs adequately.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

In order to keep the total weight for these shoes low, the lighter midsole cushioning offers a greater amount of give. This results in a running shoe that is more flexible than the vast majority of running shoes on the market, which can be seen as both a positive and a negative. The positive aspects of this is that runners looking for a highly bendable shoe, such as those looking to transition into running shoes from a barefoot or minimalist running style, will appreciate this feature. However, the lack of stability that comes about as a result of this high flexibility will turn off runners looking for great comfort and a more efficient stride.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Something rather unfortunate about these New Balance shoes is that their particular design, while excellent in regards to support and flexibility, is lacking in terms of stability. These shoes can provide some stability through the impressive traction on its outsole and the tight-fitting sleeve in its upper, but the midsole is where this instability is made manifest. In order to create a lightweight and flexible running shoe, New Balance’s Revlite EVA foam is far too flexible to provide a satisfying level of stability. The addition of a plastic half-shank offsets this to a degree, but it’s too little to make a real difference.
Drop
Drop

Drop

There is a 6 mm difference in elevation from the heels of these shoes to the forefoot. This is a relatively minor drop when compared to other common running shoes, and it is further dampened by the inclusion of a midsole that accentuates the medial foot. While this may feel a bit awkward for heel strikers, this design choice offers a terrific compromise between heel support and arch support. The aforementioned difficulty in heel striking can also be remedied if the included insoles are replaced with a neutral insole or a heel pad, so the difference is negotiable.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features


  • Revlite EVA foam used in the midsole

  • Fantomfit seamless upper design

  • 6 mm heel drop

  • Outsole lugs that improve traction on difficult terrain

  • Insole with extra medial support

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Something that is abundantly clear when looking at the New Balance 1500v3 is that these shoes are not for everyone. Some questionable design choices, such as the lack of proper stability in the midsole and a garish style, are sure to dissuade a significant portion of runners looking for their next article of footwear. However, if you have wider feet, like running on flat trails, and don’t mind looking a bit silly, these are some reliable and comfortable shoes that are perfect for your next 5K.