New Balance 1540v2

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For some runners, it’s not distance or endurance that they’re working towards, it’s simply a desire to get their feet moving in the right direction: forward. If that describes you, the New Balance 1540v2 men’s motion control running shoe might be just what you need. Designed with stability features for overpronation, the 1540v2 helps guide your foot forward so you can stay focused on your run.

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New Balance 1540v2

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For some runners, it’s not distance or endurance that they’re working towards, it’s simply a desire to get their feet moving in the right direction: forward. If that describes you, the New Balance 1540v2 men’s motion control running shoe might be just what you need. Designed with stability features for overpronation, the 1540v2 helps guide your foot forward so you can stay focused on your run.
  • 10 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 10 mm drop are approximate
  • Blown rubber outsole
  • Dual density collar foam
  • Medicare / HCPCS code = A5500, may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement
  • No-sew material application
  • Polyurethane insert
  • Synthetic/mesh upper
  • We are proud to be the only major company to make or assemble more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the USA, which represents a limited portion of our US sales. Where the domestic value is at least 70%, we label our shoes Made in the USA.
  • Styles M1540SB2 and M1540BK2 are approved Medicare/HCPCS code = A5500, may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement.
  • Technology
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    ACTEVA™ LITE 24% lighter than New Balance's standard compression molded foam for optimal compression set properties.

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    A core of soft cushioning EVA in the midsole with a tough polyurethane rim for more support and durability.

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    A posting system designed to reduce rear-foot movement.

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    Average Rating


    46 Reviews

    80% of reviewers recommend this product

    Size 3 of 5

    Runs Small
    Runs Large

    Fit 3 of 5

    Runs Narrow
    Runs Wide

    Comfort 5 of 5


    Oct 16, 2016

    Good and comfortable.

    - Atlanta, GA

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    "They are really good work shoes. I have had them for two weeks. They feel awesome"

    Oct 15, 2016

    Great Shoes for those with wide feet

    - Raleigh, NC

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    "I ordered a pair of these about 2 weeks ago. They feel great on my feet and provide the comfort, support and overpronation of my feet. I used to struggle finding proper running shoes for my wide feet but not anymore. The 1540V2 works wonders for me! Thanks NB!!!"

    Sep 19, 2016

    Good all-around heavy road shoe

    "The 1540 has been my go-to training shoe for four years, ever since taking up marathon running at age 42. It's a heavy, cushiony, hyper-stabilizing shoe, the very kind much maligned by many thin-sole natural running gurus, but I love it for a number of reasons. Some people think that a shoe that's too stabilizing and cushiony reinforces bad form & bad habits, like heel-striking. But concentrating your effort mentally to keep your strike on the mid-foot is all you need to do. The extra stabilization is nice for people who pronate. But what's great about a shoe with this much guidance is that on long training runs, as you get more fatigued and your technique starts to go out the window, a shoe like this will keep you honest. This is a heavy shoe, almost 15 oz. But I found that training with a heavy shoe (especially on hills) and then running races with a light shoe like the Fante is a great strategy. I got my first ever sub four-hour marathon last year in NY, training with the big, trusty 1540 and then racing with the Fante. The 1540 is also great for on my off-day 4-5 mile training walks. I guess the only thing I wouldn't use it for is trail running or hiking, as the treads on the bottom of the sole are shallow and better suited for straight-up pavement. Otherwise, a great, underrated shoe. Train with the heavy shoe and race with a lighter one. You will pleasantly surprise yourself! :)"

    Sep 8, 2016

    Like, buy don't like

    - Atlanta

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    "As far as specialty shoes go, I would say they are extremely well built. I will give them that. But after walking about 9 miles (3 miles 3 different occasions) I would say they broke in too much. They began to feel too big and really hurt my feet. I like the concept, REALLY like that they are made here but they are just too uncomfortable for me."

    Sep 5, 2016

    Like walking on a cloud.

    - Thornton, CO

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    "These shoes fit great and are extremely comfortable. And they look great as well."

    Aug 9, 2016

    Fits Right Out of the Box

    - Seahurst, WA

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    "These are really comfortable shoes. Fit right out of the box with no break in needed. It's hard to find 6E shoes, and these are perfect."

    Aug 5, 2016

    Excellent Walking Shoe

    - Philadelphia, PA

    "This shoe is a very comfortable, well fit walking shoe. I have a narrow foot and this shoe fit me perfectly. The size runs as labled - a good fit. I have a pair of 990v4 shoes that were also excellent, but they were primarily appropriate as a running shoe. This shoe is an excellent walking shoe - very stable with good support. Well made. Could find no flaws in workmanship. I highly recommend this shoe! MADE IN USA is a bonus."

    Jul 9, 2016

    Product is especially good for balance

    - Miami

    "I have problems with my balance and my gait, and I find this product very helpful. At age 80 fast walking and working out at the gym is much improvised with these. As an added plus, I may get reimbursed by Medicare for the cost."

    Jun 28, 2016


    - Pilesgrove NJ

    "Sneaker was what I expected. I order an extra wide for my brother. New Balance runs true to size"

    May 10, 2016

    PERFECT FOR ME! I have peripheral neuropathy.

    - New York, NY, USA

    "The Slip Last 2 is what sold it to me. I even bought a second pair. Now if I could only get my cat to stop chewing on the laces1"

    May 5, 2016

    These work excellent for me. Wish you would make in white

    - Ohio, USA

    "The features in this shoe fits my feet just right with my inserts. They a comfortable and wear well."

    May 4, 2016

    Great shoe

    - Deephaven MN

    "Have been wearing this model (or its predecessors) for many years so obviously it meets all of my needs."

    May 3, 2016

    Good fit

    - Santa Rosa, CA, USA

    "Soft sole good for the back. The 587 are better for my back."

    May 1, 2016

    Great Shoes

    - San Francisco, CA, USA

    "I have stability problems, due to neuropathy, and these shoes have improved my balance immensely. Highly recommend these shoes!"

    May 1, 2016

    pretty good fit

    - Dickinson, ND 58601, USA

    "seems to fit great and pretty comfortable. still would be better if there was memory foam or gel in the shoes for more comfort. also a little more water resistance would be nice. water goes right into the shoes and cost a bit too much. but having wide feet this is the best fit shoe."

    Apr 30, 2016

    This shoe heel is too high

    - Clovis, CA USA

    "This shoe was supposed to be the next generation of the 1012, the heel is so high it causes you to "lean" forward when standing. Very bad for knee tendons."

    Apr 30, 2016

    The workmanship is poor. Insoles are flimsy. Not worth the purchase price.

    - USA

    "The workmanship is poor. Insoles are flimsy. Not worth the purchase price. The quality has been going south over the last few years."

    Apr 26, 2016

    1540v2 is not the same as the 1540v1

    - Lawrence, Ks

    "The new 1540v2 are totally different the original 1540v1. I have extremely flat feet, have orthotic inserts for my shoes and need the support that motion control (roll bar) provides in the arch area. The original 1540v1 provided this support but the new 1540v2 does not and the reason is that the width in the arch area is approx. ¼” shorter than the 1540v1. They just don’t provide that support I need and is the reason they feel “funny” when walking. Sorry but I wouldn’t recommend 1540v2 for people who have extremely flat feet."

    Mar 31, 2016

    Best footwear to meet eveyones needs

    - Florida, USA

    "I am 72 years old, and these are the most comfortable sneakers I have ever owned. I enjoy walking once again, and have no pains like I use too. I am a diabetic and having a good shoe or sneaker is very important. I feel I am an expert in comfortable footwear and I give New Balance 1540v2 an A+. Thank you New Balance"

    Mar 24, 2016

    if not used to a 6E it runs very large

    - Stanley, WI 54768, USA

    "I never knew a 6E even existed! I was delighted to find them. I have been struggling to even find a 4E most times. I will be a new balance customer for life if they continue to make 6E! But just be for warned your size will go down dramatically from a 4E to a 6E. I have always had to wear a men's size 10, 4E (i am a woman) and when going to the 6E i was able to go down to a 8 1/2 !"

    Mar 11, 2016

    Comfortable right out of the box

    - Orrville, OH 44667, USA

    "I was leery of ordering shoes online. I should not have been. I could not be more pleased. I love these comfortable shoes. I will do this again in the future. Thanks New Balance."

    Feb 25, 2016

    Good replacement for the 587s

    - Bellingham, WA, USA

    "When the shoe you've worn for 15 years is discontinued, you scramble for a replacement. The stability features is this shoe are better than my old model and the toe box is plenty wide. For a low-mileage runner like myself, forever "in training," these are the right shoe."

    Feb 22, 2016


    - Lewiston, Idaho

    "1I have been purchasing the new balance motion control shoes for over 15 years. Each time a new model comes out I feel the quality and supportiveness of the shoe decreases. I just purchased 2 pair of the 1540 V2 and they do not feel as supportive as my old 1540's I have been wearing for the past year. I have recommended these shoes to many people over the years, but at this time I no longer feel they are worth the cost. I like the fact they are made in America. Why change a good product, go back to the 1121's or earlier models. I use these shoes for work as I am on my feet a lot as an RN."

    Feb 17, 2016

    Good and bad features..see below

    - Raleigh NC

    "The shoe has great balance..I like that it comes in black, I wear the shoes not only running, but everyday wear. The bad... heel seems to wear quickly..never any savings with the 1040 on web."

    Feb 13, 2016

    Best for Support

    - Lexington MA

    "Best shoe in your lineup for GREAT support . .at 10.5 6E high arches, I need all the help I can get. Holds orthotics with room to spare. New pair every 6 months."

    Feb 11, 2016

    Step down in all categories

    - Norway

    "My previous 1540 had good fit(not as excellent as 1012MC), and durability was very good(Better than 1012), and looks was genius all black, so you could wear it for casual as well. New one is far less attractive to look at for casual use, runs wider in the heel than the old one, and started to fall apart after 1/10th of the exact same use as the old one."

    Feb 11, 2016

    The 1540 gives good stability and has a suffficiently wide footbed.

    - Mesa, AZ

    "The two pair of 1540 I own are the most comfortabe shoe I presently wear."

    Feb 10, 2016

    Great foot control shoe.

    - Salem, SC 29676, USA

    "Fine product but costly. I have owned a dozen pairs over the years."

    Feb 2, 2016

    Feels very good so far

    - Las Vegas, NV, USA

    "Heel should be higher and more cushioned for that price. Otherwise a very well supported shoe."

    Feb 2, 2016

    The 1540 V2 is available in many sizes & widths

    - Derry NH

    "This is the second pair of the 1540 V2 that I own. Its available in 4E & 6E widths. I have 3 other NB shoes and I have found out that those made in the US are a better fit for my 7 4E size."

    Feb 2, 2016

    The addition of the 6E width is a big advantage.

    - Cleveland, GA 30528, USA

    "I have worn the 1540, 4E in recent years. With this purchase I changed to 6E. This is a big improvement for me."

    Jan 31, 2016

    Needs longer laces. Width too tight for 6E

    - Dutch Island Dr, Savannah, GA 31406, USA

    "Needs longer laces. Width too tight for 6E. Buyin face to face maybe the answer"

    Jan 26, 2016

    the product has changed from the previous pairs that I have purchased in the pas, I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU CHANGED THE SHOE BUT THE QUALITY HAS GONE DOWN.

    - Kaneohe, Hawaii

    "THE TONGUE DOES NOT FIT PROPERLY. the overall quality of the shoe has gone down the top fabric has changed the sole pattern is different not as grippy as the old shoe, just not as i liked in the past."

    Jan 24, 2016

    Great shoe

    - Oak Lawn , IL

    "This is the best new balance shoe that I have had in a long time. Hope they continue to make great products."

    Jan 22, 2016

    Not nearly as good as the discontinued model

    - NY ny

    "Bought these at suggestion of company to replace discontinued model. New model doesn't give equal balance or look as good."

    Dec 29, 2015

    I recently had major foot surgery on both of my feet and the New Balance roll

    - Salem, Ohio

    "I recently had major foot surgery on both of my feet and the New Balance roll bar shoes have given me outstanding foot support. A Five Star rating for these products. Thank you."

    Dec 23, 2015

    Love this shoe. Been wearing it forever.

    - Miami Beach , FL

    "Just a little disappointed that despite whatever sales you advertise, when I go to order it, it's always excluded from the sale. Kind of a bummer since I'm a loyal customer."

    Dec 17, 2015

    Great shoes

    - florida

    "I have bought a half-dozen of these shoes since they offer my feet the support and comfort they need. I keep two pairs in reserve since I can not find this type of shoe anywhere else."

    Dec 1, 2015

    i have planter fasciitis and these are the best shoes i have had for this problem

    - apache junction, az

    "I have plantar fasciitis. I have tried 4 different brands of shoes and the 1540's are the only ones that allow me to walk and do normal activities without pain"

    Dec 1, 2015

    1540's were more comfortable - by far......

    - Yakima, WA, USA

    "I have used New Balance shoes for decades. However, these new shoes are not near as comfortable as my old 1540's. It seems that the sole and footbed are much more rigid. Sorta of a disappointment, frankly....."

    Nov 30, 2015

    New Balance 1540v2

    - Anderson, SC

    "I have been wearing this straight last show for many years. First, I had the 1123. Then I had the 1540. Now it is the 1540v2. The 1123 was the best. The 1540 was good, but I had one pair of 1540's that I should have sent back. I could not walk in them properly. I have already worn out one pair of the 1540v2. I was disappointed that the heel had only a thin layer of rubber, and the heels were worn before there was any wear on the rest of the shoe. I had to stop wearing this pair of shoes, even though I loved them because the heels were worn down to a hard substance that would have ruined my hardwood floors. I now have another pair of 1540's, and I hope they will last better. New Balance needs to continue to produce excellent quality straight last shoes. My orthopedic doctor told me to get the best straight last running shoe I could find, and this shoe is it. However, I am also going to be wearing more of the 928 walking shoes."

    Nov 23, 2015

    Poor Design

    - Boston, MA

    "Not properly design. Heel is coming off. Back of the heel is almost flat instead of curvature which hold the heel firmly."

    Nov 23, 2015

    Good shoe

    - Herndon, KS 67739, USA

    "Needed a replacement for my 475's that were getting long in the tooth. Find this shoe to be very comfortable for walking with quality up to NB standards."

    Nov 16, 2015

    I have used thsi product for 10 + years. They fit well but something is new! The color has brr

    - Atlanta, GA, USA

    "I have used this product for 10 + years. They fit well but something is new - the color."

    Nov 13, 2015

    The shoes fit well

    - Derry NH

    "I typically wear a 7 4E and have found that the only ones the fit correctly are those made in the USA. Its worth the extra money."

    Oct 29, 2015

    This is a life changer for me! I can’t believe the support I get from these shoes.

    - Holmdel, NJ, USA

    "Best shoe I’v bought in years I bought 2 pair after the fist ones came and they were a success! I love them."