Despite never running in the New Balance 1400, I’m familiar with it. It’s been a favorite shoe for several of my coworkers who prefer racing marathons. It won’t be my marathon shoe (which is still undecided), but it’s been good to do long runs and workouts in.
The New Balance 1400 is a great racing flat for anything from the 5k to the marathon. It’s been around for several updates and designs as well. I’ve tried on the shoe (as I like to do with every shoe), through each version but never run in it until now.
I wear a size 10-11 wide in running shoes, and the 10.5 womens is fine. Often times I need to just scratch women’s racing flats and go to a unisex/ men’s shoe because of my foot width. The women’s 10.5 is fine.
Other bonuses of the flat include minimal seams and overlays. Less weight, less rubbing, equals faster runner. There is only so much actual cushion you can remove from a flat, so many companies are removing as much stuff from the top as possible.
Also included in the fit is an update to the tongue. While I did not run in the previous version, but I know the tongue bothered several people. Many people said it bunched up or caused irritation.
The updated tongue is more similar to the New Balance track spikes. I suppose if Emma Coburn and other New Balance professionals like the tongue of a shoe, the common folks like us can too.
There isn’t much to say about the ride. It’s light, responsive and reacts with the ground. The material used, is called “revlite.” It’s durable yet responsive. It’s much more responsive than fresh foam (like in my favorite New Balance trainer the 1080).
Interesting and somewhat unique of the 1400 is that is has a 10 mm drop (many flats have between 0-4). You don’t really feel the difference and to be honest, if no one told me I would never know. I have preferred it recently for long tempos and longer runs. I’ve done some short 400s too, but longer runs seem to be my favorite.
Finally, something to note is that it responds well in rain. When a racing flat is not good in weather, it can be a shock come race day and you don’t have a good shoe. (Some shoes that don’t respond well to rain include the Nike Fly and Brooks Levitate). I’ve raced A LOT of road races in the pouring rain including Shamrock, Atlantic City, and Broad Street. If I didn’t have a good racing shoe that day, I now know this is always a faithful weather backup. In fact, one of my better photos in the shoe is in bad weather.
View this post on Instagram
18 miles: 2 miles easy. 4 miles (average 7:07). 4 miles easy. 4 miles (average 7:05). 4 miles easy. . I feel like yesterday’s race woke up some muscles that have been sleeping for a while. . Despite kicking me feet to get going for awhile, I did feel good during the run. . Marathon training is hard and my body has already reminded of that.
In all I like the New Balance 1400 for workouts and races. In bad/wet weather I believe I am more likely to use the shoe because it has more traction than the Nike Fly and many other flats.
Workouts/Racing: Nike Fly, New Balance 1400
Long Runs/Faster Runs: Hoka One One Cavu, Underarmour Sonic
Questions for you:
What is your staple racing shoe?
Do you change shoes in the weather?