ACTEVA™ LITE 24% lighter than New Balance's standard compression molded foam for optimal compression set properties.
A core of soft cushioning EVA in the midsole with a tough polyurethane rim for more support and durability.
A posting system designed to reduce rear-foot movement.
Overall Product Rating
50% of reviewers recommend this product
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7/29/15 by galsmiley | Plymouth, MN
"The original version of the 1540 was great. It fit perfectly. The cushioning made the shoe very comfortable. Colors great!!! This new version hurts my feet. They seem narrower. My feet cramp when I run. My back and hips hurt more. They do not have the cushioning the original version has. They do not seem to have the same support. It is sad when my old shoes are more comfortable than my new ones. I will have to look for something new. I feel my money was wasted on these shoes."
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7/21/15 by mssheila | El Cajon, CA.
"I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE NEW VERSION OF THE 1540'S. I LIKE THE NEW COLORS BUT THE CUSHIONING IS JUST NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS THE PREVIOUS 1540. I HAVE PLANTAR FACIITIS AND METATARSALGIA AND WIDE FEET. THE PREVIOUS 1540'S WERE THE ONLY RUNNING SHOES MY FEET WERE COMFORTABLE IN. THE PAIN WAS GONE. THESE 1540V2'S MAKE MY FEET HURT AGAIN. I PRAY THAT NB WILL GO BACK TO THE PREVIOUS 1540'S WITH NEW COLORS!!! I WILL NOT BUY THESE1540V2'S AGAIN. MY FEET ARE SO UNHAPPY WITH THIS NEW VERSION.... :(:::::: I'M NOT A RUNNER, I WORK AT A HOSPITAL AND AM ON MY FEET ALL DAY LONG, 5 DAYS A WEEK AND WORE THE PREVIOUS 1540 SHOES FOR OVER 2 YEARS AND WANTED TO BUY THEM AGAIN AND WAS TOLD THEY ARE DISCONTINUED.. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THESE SHOES IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR GREAT CUSHIONING/STABILITY/MOTION CONTROL SHOES."
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4/22/15 by LadyG63 | Yukon, OK
"I have been purchasing the 1540 (can't remember the predecessor's number) for nearly 10 years. Compared to the previous version 1540 (white w/purple trim), this current 1540v2 is nothing like it. The toe box not as roomy. I feel like my foot is hanging over the bottom of the shoe. The fabric at the back of the heel is not as tall and feels a bit wider. Either the arch is not high enough or the heel and toe box are not deep enough. The insole doesn't feel as cushioning. The mesh is completely different. It doesn't really look like mesh, so I'd be curious to know if the new style of mesh breathes like the previous version. My feet sweat in the summer and my shoes smell without the breathable mesh. I'm so disappointed. I purchased the previous version of this shoe every nine months and wore it from the time I got up until I went to bed at night, six days a week. I could stand in them for several hours without my feet going numb or my calves hurting. I don't wear orthotics with my walking shoes, but they were roomy enough for them. I don't think the new version would be without removing the insole. Even then I'm not sure. I'm not fond of the new color either. *I certainly hope that New Balance will read the reviews from their customers and go back to their previous design and materials."
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3/19/15 by growingood | Charleston, SC
Yes, I recommend this product.
"Although the 1540 is a wonderful shoe, I am unable to give it 5 stars due to the lack of cushioning. Having chronic plantar faciitis, my feet have never felt better than when I wore my 993GL pair of New Balance, using the separately purchased New Balance inserts! When those shoes were no longer available at the store, I purchased 840v2. Those were fine for stability; but, lacked the cushioning I had with the 993. I also tried the 1340SB style. NOT a fan of those! I've been wearing the 1540SG2 for three days now (using the Vasyli custom inserts), and the ball of my foot hurts from the lack of cushioning. I love everything about this shoe, except the lack of cushion."
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3/1/15 by HARNgowest | United States
Yes, I recommend this product.
"I have worn these NB for years whatever the model has been for over pronaters. Sizing issue last yr but just needed wide size. Tryed last yr. This yr I changed back to these bc different brand last yr shoe changed sizing so back to my go to NB. This years model shoes feel like the roll bars are right in left and left in right. I feel like I am being pushed inward? I will try with my orthotics though very different from the old similar NB shoe. May have to return and try another shoe. What happened?"
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