Men’s 229 g (8 oz.); Women’s 188 g (6.6 oz.) Drop ratio: 6 mm; $140
Editor’s Pick: Best Lightweight Shoe The 1500 is a special model that fills a unique hole in the running shoe spectrum. This racing f lat has a wide range of uses: it’s certainly light enough for a 5k PB, but it could also be used as a lightweight trainer when you’re feeling like a slightly more minimal, nimble ride. It’s also a strong option as a marathon shoe for more efficient runners or those that want the racing f lat experience a couple times a year.
The third version of the 1500 has superb styling, with fun colourways. The magic of the 1500v3 is under the foot. New Balance’s RevLite midsole is tried-and-true: responsive, firm and fast. The neatest aspect though is in the tiny bit of dense foam tucked under the medial arch, which is rare in a shoe this light and specialized. This can be a lifesaver late into a tough effort when your form starts to fall apart, the 1500v3 will hold you together and keep you moving fast. It’s a unique option for a lot of different kinds of runners, depending on what you need to get out of the shoe – and it will respond to whatever you throw at it.