So Far, So Good
Still breaking them in, but so far so good. I wear a 10-2E and they seem to fit similarly to the other New Balance shoes of the same size. I had been buying the NB 977 and then NB 978 (I preferred the NB 977 for looks) for years and was quite happy with their construction, comfort, and wet resistance. They have been my everyday, all day shoe of choice for a long time and they held up well. Wearing them with orthotics, a pair would usually last about 10-12 months before my knees informed me it was time to replace them.
Whether because of shipment issues or other factors, the NB 978 have been unavailable for quite some time , unless you wear Size 7. Holabird alerted me that they had a single pair of NB 1400 available and I quickly purchased them. Thank you, Holabird, for notifying me after I had signed up to be alerted to their availability. With some stores, that's the last you hear from them, but Holabird came through.
As to the NB 1400, I hope the NB 1400s hold up as well as my previous experience with New Balance work/hiking boot.