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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
I'm surprised by the rating distribution for this product. I have never had shoes that were more supportive.

I have a history of plantars fasciitis and painful heel spurs. I have practically no arch. I also have fairly severe hallux rigidus, aka 'turf toe.' In layman's terms: my big toes have significantly reduced range of motion; they don't flex backwards. This can be caused/exacerabated by harshly "stubbing" the toe and/or jamming the big toe into too small a toe box.

I expect my feet to hurt... and never knew any shoe to prove otherwise. Until these.

It's owing to their comfortable fit that I happily increased my walking distance. Previously, I couldn't tolerate strolling beyond 2 miles, because my feet hurt too much. I *hated* walking on loose surfaces (e.g. sand). Now I easily walk 4-5 miles. Any distance limitation is now owing only to a finite attention span and time constraints. I walk in a steeply hilly area, on roads that are NOT well-maintained (no sidewalks). Excepting some manageable, residual pain on one horricially calcified big toe... these shoes have provided me great relief and rehabilitation.

What we habitually wear on our feet greatly impacts what we're *able* to wear on our feet. I'm someone who's been prone to wearing low heels, flats, or going 'commando.' (Barefoot is one of the worst choices for someone with plantars fasciitis, I know.) I have wide feet (D-width) but like to tightly lace my tennies. These shoes have a roomy toe box but an overall snugness that I tend to prefer.

If your circumstances are similar to mine... I suspect these shoes will work well for you, too.
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
Size Name: 9 B(M) USColor Name: White/PurpleVerified Purchase
I have been a New Balance customer for many years. I have worn the W1123 shoe for the past 6 years. I love the 1123 due to having the higher and deeper toe box. I am a diabetic and have to be very careful with my feet. The W1540 was described as the updated version to the 1123 with the same toe box features. I found this not to be the case. After trying them on, the shoes began to make my toes hurt and I ended up with what looked like a bruise from the shoe hitting my toe in the wrong way. I will stick with the 1123! I am very disappointed this new version is NOT what it was cracked up to be.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2012
I have terrible problems with plantar fascitis in both of my feet. THe New Balance 1540, along with my orthodics and a pair of Spenco insoles have saved my feet. The shoe has GREAT support all over and great cushioning as well.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
10 years of plantar facitis, heels spurs, several turned ankles ... not to mention being 100+ lbs over weight had me in constant pain. I would get a new pair of sneakers, only to have the foot pain return a few weeks down the road. Co-workers suggested visiting a specialty store for runners or the New Balance dealer. When they said to expect to pay $100+ for a good pair of exercise shoes, I thought they were insane. Months down the road, the pain finally broke me and I decided to at least look into it. As a teen, my favorite pair of leather sneakers were from New Balance. So ...thats were I went. I reviewed several, but decided on this shoe, due to my wide feet, high arch, and tendancy to roll. This snug shoe has plenty of toe room yet craddles my heel and arch. It feels like I am walking on pillows. Foot pain - GONE - for 9 months. And I workout daily without pain or hobbling the next morning. I have one suggestion, consider being properly fitted and take a test walk before 1st purchase. This WILL ME the shoe I purchase from now on.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
Honestly... when I slipped the left shoe on, I thought I'd put on the right shoe by mistake. Ill-fitting, toe-pinching, and lacking arch support, 1540s does not come close to the 1123 fit which, in all its model changes, I've worn for years.

I'll lace up my old 1123s and find a new replacement.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
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OK- I agree, they've changed their sizing from the 1123 and the 1120. After years of wearing a New Balance 11M, I now have to wear a 12AA. BUT the 1540s are the most stable running shoe in terms of lateral motion on the market. I'm not a runner but I need shoes with good control just to stay out of trouble. (I used to think it was the orthotics that did all the work, but now I know that many different over the counter orthotics will work.) What matters is that the shoe not able to torque left or right as I walk. I bought a pair of Brooks Addiction and they broke down in two weeks. These New Balance I have had since April, so 3 months and they still have it. I'm just grateful that New Balance is making a shoe that really does control motion.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2012
I've worn the 1123 style for years. I bought these because they were supposed to be an updated model to the 1123. They fit much differently; the heels are too wide and the tips of my toes rub against the shoe. I got a pretty bad blister on the tip of my toe after walking just a couple of miles. I can't wear them again. I want my 1123s back!
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2012
I'm a 105 lb. casual runner, averaging 10-15 miles per week. I've worn the New Balance 1123 for several years now and bought the 1540 because it's the "upgraded" version of the 1123. The 1123 and 1540 have a similar fit and provide the same motion stability; however the 1540 is a much stiffer shoe through the sole. I've had knee and foot pain from running in the 1540 that I never experienced with the 1123. I want to like this shoe because the style is much more contemporary and the fit is snug, but the shoe is too uncomfortable to run in. I now only walk in these shoes and run with a pair of Sauconys. I'm disappointed New Balance no longer makes the 1123.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2012
I've gone through at least 8 pairs of the 1123, this new replacement is absolutely awful. The sizing is totally different, we sized me in the NB store and made adjustments from the 1123. I have painful toes, now bruises/blisters on the small toes and worst yet,heel spurs back, neuromas irritated and I biff it constantly. My ankles roll over and I biff it. The entire time I wore the 1123's all of those issues were literally resolved. With my aetrex and the nb1123 I was no longer in pain. I honestly feel so ripped off by these shoes, and mortified that I have to try to find another brand now to hopefully get me back to pain free.I've now purchased two pairs of pricey nb shoes to replace the 1123, and I'm in foot misery.....I'd almost say these are like wearing a heel, the "rollbar" in the 1123 was legit, I seriously never rolled my ankles again. The rollbar in this shoe? Pointless.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2012
Size Name: 9.5 2A(N) USColor Name: White/PurpleVerified Purchase
I purchased this shoe not knowing what to expect as I was so used to the 1123 model. This is a "step" above the 1123 and love walking in them. I put in about 5-6 miles a day and absolutely love the comfort of this shoe!
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