New Balance 1400
Classification: Lightweight racing flat
Weight: 7.1 oz.
New Balance is so confident in the design of their latest lightweight racing shoe that they are claiming they may have created the “perfect racing flat” and are promoting the 1400 with the words… “Travel at the Speed of Light”.
The 1400s were inspired by the New Balance 890s training shoe and share some similar features such as the use of REVlite technology and their “no-sew” welded seams. The REVlite technology used throughout the midsole of the shoe claims to be 30% lighter than foams of comparable performance and the welded seams on the toe box and sides keep the shoe flexible while minimizing weight.The synthetic mesh used for the toe box and sides of the shoe not only help in minimizing the shoe’s weight but also increase the breathability of the shoe. Who wants hot, sweaty feet on race day? The mesh also provides a unique combination of flexibility and support—you can wiggle your toes but don’t have to worry about your arches collapsing when whipping around corners.
We recommend using this shoe for all road race distances and from 3000 meters up to the 10,000 meters on the track. We do not recommend using the NB 1400 on training runs unless you have experience with minimalist running shoes and feel confident with your running gait. If you have a neutral running gate we would recommend pairing this with the NB 890 trainers.
The bright colors are sure to generate some buzz at your next race, so don’t be surprised to hear some extra cheers coming your way.
Feedback: Like most competitive racing shoes the NB 1400 was designed with speed in mind, which naturally compromises the lifespan of the shoe. We recommend replacing your 1400s after about 200-250 miles.
Average retail price: $99 USD
About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.
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