Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$110
Weight
M: 269g | W: 222g
Heel to toe drop
M: 6mm | W: 6mm
Heel height
M: 24mm | W: 24mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 3.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • Many runners appreciated the general durability of the New Balance Vazee Pace v2, saying that it lasted through many running sessions and trainings.

  • A good number of consumers felt that it was suitably lightweight.

  • Based on the feedback of some testers, this version did not look uncomfortably or awkwardly bulky.

  • The toe box gained some fans because, for them, it was roomy enough to accommodate natural toe-splay.

  • The appearance of this version gained praise from those who stated that they received compliments and inquiries while wearing it.

  • The underfoot cushioning was reliable and responsive, according to reviewers.

  • A lot of commenters have used the word ‘comfortable’ as a means of describing this running shoe.

  • A reviewer reported that their lower back and knees loved the mid-sole because it staved off pain and discomfort.

  • According to a runner, the outsole tread worked well on concrete and asphalt; it didn’t allow them to slip or fall on the ground.

The bad

  • Many observed that it was ½ size smaller than what they were used to.

  • It felt narrow, according to the reports of some consumers.

Bottom line

A lot of runners acclimated well to the New Balance Vazee Pace v2. They were receptive of its components and features. They wrote that it was great for running and training, and that it stayed intact throughout such potentially abrasive activities. The only gripes were about its apparently inconsistent width and sizing scheme. Still, this neutral road shoe was able to satisfy.



World wide, Vazee Pace v2 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 914 shoes


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 39 ratings

5 star
62%
4 star
18%
3 star
6%
2 star
7%
1 star
7%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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82 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 90
    Lionello BardinaLevel 2 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    Everything about it screams back to basics performance, from the perfect fit to the no nonsense midsole and meaty rubber pods to the old fashioned to spring – this shoe is designed to excel with the heavy training required of a competitive runner.
  • 88
    Dave JewellLevel 2 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    Great update. Nice job, New Balance. I think as lightweight, go-fast trainers go, this one [is] a great, great update.
  • 87
    Xu DingLevel 1 expert
    by Run Society
    These lightweight shoes keep my usually sweaty feet feeling downright comfortable, even on long runs, and once I grew used to occasional stares received when runners glimpse my pink and black kicks, I realised I enjoyed the attention.
  • 86
    Adam ChaseLevel 3 expert
    by Running Competitor
    Our test team liked the Vazee Pace 2 for its fit and performance in a variety of workouts. And what’s not to like about the $110 price tag? That would be a bargain even for a shoe not as superlative as this one.
  • 86
    Nathanial FriedmanLevel 1 expert
    by FloTrack
    For me, this shoe really fits into the bill of the New Balance line.
  • 84
    Comfort Footwear GuideLevel 2 expert
    by Comfort Footwear Guide
    Since the shoe rides like a racing flat with extra cushioning it allows the wearer to move easily over pavement for long runs without having sore or aching feet. Runners who are looking for more cushions in a lightweight shoe are going to love this runner.
  • 83
    Brian MetzlerLevel 4 expert
    by Triathlete
    Version 2 also boasts enhanced durability with added blown rubber to the REVlite midsole. Otherwise, it is still the utilitarian, up-tempo trainer that offers a responsive enough performance, which makes it a good half-marathon/marathon racer too.
  • 82
    ConnorLevel 3 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    While the shoe has sufficient cushioning to be considered for daily training, the firm responsive ride makes it a better choice for higher intensity efforts. The smooth, quick transition makes this shoe a great option for a 30-45 minute tempo workout and the versatile cushioning allows me to log warm up and cool down miles in the shoe without any problems.
  • 82
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    This update delivers the same firm, snappy ride that we loved then, but it’s noticeably more flexible thanks to reconfigured flex grooves.
  • 81
    ThomasLevel 4 expert
    by Believe In The Run
    I think it's a better shoe than a lot of shoes that are out there. I just don't think it's as good as the original.
  • 80
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    Meant as an everyday trainer for faster runs (or runners) with a distinctive responsive feeling - the second version improves on last year thanks to more blown rubber coverage in the forefoot and a new, seamless bootie constructed upper.
  • 80
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    The longitudinal podular orientation of the Vazee Pace v2 should improve propulsion in the forefoot. It should be noted the oustole changes do contribute to an increase in weight of about half an ounce over version one.
  • 80
    RyanLevel 1 expert
    by Kintec: Footwear + Orthotics
    An ideal user of this shoe is going to be somebody that's looking to run a 5K faster, a 10K faster, or somebody who is looking to incorporate some speedwork or fast training for either a half-marathon or marathon programs.
  • 77
    Thomas NeubergerLevel 1 expert
    by Believe In The Run
    If you loved the original Vazee Pace, you may be a little disappointed with the update, but overall still a better shoe than many out on the market.
  • 70
    Meaghan MurrayLevel 1 expert
    by Believe In The Run
    The Vazee Pace V2 is a durable, firm daily trainer that would double as a race-day shoe. I feel New Balance missed the mark with comfort. The original had a slightly wider toe box and a more forgiving ride.
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Updates to Vazee Pace v2

The New Balance Vazee Pace v2 is a companion meant for running and training. It features a set of components that provide comfort and security to the wearer’s foot. Colorful designs make the façade more appealing. But the modern look isn’t the only upside to this model; its functionality is also agreeable because of the presence of high-quality materials. They’re not a lot, but the ones that are present here are efficient.

The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of lightweight synthetic materials. These fabrics & articles cover the foot snugly and securely. Breathability is a feature present in this section of the shoe. Air is enabled to enter the foot chamber in order to keep the runner cool and dry during the running session. The coverage is also non-irritating because of a no-sew and smooth construction.

The mid-sole unit of the New Balance Vazee Pace v2 has a full-length foam that’s responsible for keeping the foot well-cushioned. It doesn’t feel stiff or unwieldy. It even energizes the foot and launches it forward with reactive springiness. Covering this foam material is the blown rubber material. It acts as a shield that staves off wear and tear. It is also a source of additional cushioning because of its soft and pliable nature.

Vazee Pace v2 size and fit

The New Balance Vazee Pace v2 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that follow the regular measurements. The available widths for both the men and women’s versions are medium and wide. It has a semi-curved shape, which adheres nicely to the average curve of the human foot.

Outsole

The New Balance Vazee Pace v2 uses blown rubber as the layer that protects the mid-sole foam. It aptly staves off wear and tear, essentially preserving the structure and integrity of the platform above it. Its responsive and flexible nature slightly enhances cushioning.

Flex grooves make the platform more flexible, which is helpful in achieving natural movement as the runner goes through the gait cycle.

Midsole

The RevLite is a full-length foam unit that’s responsible for carrying the foot and keeping it comfortable throughout the running session. It doesn’t have a heavy disposition, so it won’t make the runner feel like they’re being dragged down by the platform. Rather, it has a springy and responsive nature.

A traditional sock liner is placed above the main foam unit of the New Balance Vazee Pace v2. It provides more cushioning to the underfoot. It’s soft and is responsive to the movements of the foot.

Upper

The upper unit features a lightweight and smooth mesh material. It wraps around the foot securely, but it won’t limit its movements. It also accommodates airflow, which is helpful in keeping the foot cool and dry.

Textile and thin synthetic overlays assist the main mesh material in providing a snug, but customizable fit. Connected to the lacing system, they adjust accordingly in conjunction with the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces.

The no-sew bootie construction ensures running experiences that are free from irritation. It basically allows the wearer to use the New Balance Vazee Pace v2 even without socks.


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