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New Balance 1540

Item Number: M1540WB1

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  • Type: Structured
  • Manufacturer's Category: Optimal Control
  • Pronation Control: Severe
  • Weight: 14.8 oz
  • Height: 24/12 mm (Heel/Toe - Midsole)
  • Drop: 12 mm
  • Features: ACTEVA™ / ROLLBAR® / ENCAP® midsole / ABZORB®


  • New Balance's premier Heritage motion control trainer developed to deliver the ultimate in comfort and control for the runner seeking the highest level of stability control.

    • Last: SL-2
    • Blown Rubber Outsole
    • Encap
    • Synthetic / mesh upper
    • ACTEVA
    • Rollbar
    • ABZORB
    • Enhanced SL-2 Last
    • No-sew material application
    • PU insert and Strobel board
    • Width sizing
    • Made in USA

Reviews: New Balance 1540

5 out of 5

Reviewed by 5 customers

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  • great shoe

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 9/22/2014
    Reviewer: | north little rock
  • 5 out of 5 2nd pair I've owned, very comfortable, great for walking

  • worthy successor

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 8/28/2014
    Reviewer: | Lynchburg VA
  • 5 out of 5 Some say the previous versions of this shoe are better but these work well for me.

  • great stability

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 7/16/2014
    Reviewer: | Atlanta
  • 5 out of 5 These shoes are just what I needed after a broken ankle caused from twisting. They were on the orthopedist recommended list. They arrived promptly after I ordered them and the price was definitely competitive.

  • Impressed

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 7/11/2012
    Reviewer: | Destin
  • 5 out of 5 Good shoe, and better looking than the 1123 that it replaced, but after wearing the 1123 in size 12 2E for many years, I've found that I need at least a 12 1/2 and 4E in this M1540, even though it uses the same last as the 1123.

  • Running again!

    Customer Rating
  • Date: 7/3/2012
    Reviewer: | Poplar Bluff
  • 5 out of 5 I enjoy living in a rural area: shopping options limited. I sustained a running injury (plantar fasciitis) that through research I was advised to get a specific shoe.

New Balance 1540 White / Navy

About New Balance 1540

  • Introducing the New Balance 1540, a highly anticipated update to the popular 1123, the brand’s premier motion control trainer. This state-of-the-art shoe offers maximum control for runners who need the highest level of stability available. The New Balance Rollbar feature adds extreme rearfoot stability for pronation control with every stride. Updates to the style include a deeper, fuller toe box and an extra-firm midsole that resists breakdown. Stay in control with the 1540, the ideal choice for a trainer that can handle those high mileage runs.

About New Balance

New Balance collage Over a century ago, New Balance started manufacturing arch supports. Just 70 years later, it has become one of the foremost leaders in sports apparel and footwear. Even before branching out into shoes and athletic gear, it was dedicated to satisfying the needs of the everyday athlete. Known worldwide for its attention to fit, it provides shoes in an extensive range of widths and sizes. The company adheres to the belief that the better the fit, the better the performance. Maintaining five manufacturing facilities in the United States, New Balance continues to meet and exceed its time-tested quality standards.

Having the right fit is essential to performing your best, no matter what your activity. That's why New Balance offers the majority of their shoes in multiple widths, from narrow (2A) to extra-extra-wide (6E). New Balance is the only manufacturer to offer so many width options, ensuring you the best possible fit.

Women's Shoe Widths
4A 2A B D 2E 4E
X-Narrow Narrow Medium Wide X-Wide XX-Wide

Men's Shoe Widths
2A B D 2E 3E 4E 6E
X-Narrow Narrow Medium Wide Wide X-Wide XX-Wide

What size are you?

  • In general, the regular Men's width is "D"; for Women, the regular width is "B".If the majority of shoes you own, or have purchased in the past, fit adequately, these are the widths you should select.
  • If the shoes you own tend to feel overly spacious in width, you should consider selecting a narrower width size. If the shoes you own tend to feel noticeably narrow or snug, then you should consider selecting a wider width size.
  • If your feet seem "between" sizes and you cannot decide which size to select, we suggest you choose the larger size. You can make adjustments for a better fit with socks, insoles, or a different lacing pattern.
  • Since feet always swell during the day, we encourage you to try shoes on later in the day when your feet are at their largest.

Sizing Tips:

  • With respect to feel, your heel should fit snug with no slipping; the midfoot of the shoe under your arch and over the top of your foot should be snug but not tight; and you should have enough room in the toe box to wiggle your toes.
  • People are more than twice as likely to buy a shoe that is too small than too big. Clues that your shoes are too small or narrow include - foot cramping or "falling asleep" while running or just after running or the formation of blisters and calluses between or on your toes.
  • New Balance shoes are made to fit directly out of the box. They do not need to be broken in.
  • Feet typically get bigger with age. We encourage you to have your feet measured every year.
  • Women's feet often become a half-size (or more) larger after pregnancy.
  • Your left and right feet may differ in length or width as much as a full size. Be sure to measure and try shoes on both feet, and always buy shoes to fit your larger foot.

New Balance earned their position as the leader in Total Fit™ by offering more fit combinations than any other footwear company. In addition to shoe length and width, they use a shoe last. A shoe last is a 360 degree model of the foot used to create each shoe's heel width, instep height, toe box width and toe box depth. Though it's not the primary factor, in conjunction with length and width, the shoe last helps you achieve the best possible fit.

Last Type Heel Width Instep Height Toe Box Depth Forefoot Width
AL-2 Standard Higher Deeper Standard
NBJ Regular Lower Reduced Volume Reduced Volume
PL-1 Anatomical Lower Reduced Volume Reduced Lateral Forefoot Girth
PW-1 Anatomical Lower Reduced Volume Wider and Lower Profile than PL-1
PW-3 Standard Lower Standard Standard
CW-2, NATURAL PL-1, RL-1, SL-1, WX-001 Standard Standard Standard Standard
RL-2, RL-3 Narrower Standard Standard Standard
SL-2, WOL-01 Narrower Higher Deeper Standard
SL-3 Higher Higher Deeper Standard
NL-0, NL-1 Standard Lower Shallower Wider
UL-1 Anatomical Higher Increased Volume Increased Volume
AL-1, MB-001, MF-001, MF-004, MX-001, NATURAL PL-1, RL-1, SL-1 Standard Standard Standard Standard
CW-1, RL-2, RL-3 Narrower Standard Standard Standard
AL-3, MF-002 Standard Higher Deeper Wider
MOL-1, SL-2 Narrower Higher Deeper Wider
NBJ Standard Lower Reduced Volume Reduced Volume
PL-1 Anatomical Lower Reduced Volume Reduced Lateral Forefoot Girth
PW-1 Anatomical Lower Reduced Volume Wider & Lower Profile than PL-1
PW-3 Standard Lower Standard Standard
SL-3 Higher Higher Deeper Standard
TSL-1 Narrower Standard Reduced Volume Wider
NL-0, NL-1 Standard Lower Shallower Wider
UL-1 Anatomical Higher Increased Volume Increased Volume