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Don’t Disregard the New Balance 1400

New Balance 1400 M1400BKJ
New Balance 1400 M1400BKJ

New Balance may have an international legion of fans who covet the 99x series, but the four-digit offerings are not to be slept on. Occasionally overshadowed by its 1300 and 1500 bookends, the 1400 remains a bit of an underrated model in many parts of the world. However, seemingly simple colourways like this core black edition pack a lot of punch beneath its tonal surface.

Among the many merits of the 1400 is its comfortable suede construction, which makes up the entire upper except for the tongue, heel tab, and N branding. This may not be as breathable as mesh inserts, especially on the toe box, but the result is a hardier finish and elegant presentation. Similarly, the flat grey tongue and laces have nothing to show off – and that’s completely fine. It’s simply reliable and comfortable, like the fine textile lining, mesh tongue backing, and firm foam midsoles. They’re Made in USA too, which is a plus for many discerning NB heads. It’s understated features like these that have made the 1400 a particular favourite for classy brands like J. Crew with exclusive collaborations, and a common sight on the streets of Japan.

This straightforward black colourway is available now from NB retailers including Premier.

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