Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Featuring the ENCAP midsole, the New Balance 530 Vazee has a cushioning system that delivers stability and distributes shock.
  • A reviewer liked these kicks for being lightweight.
  • According to a pro street photographer hired by New Balance, the colorway of these kicks “pops out and works well.”
  • Potential buyers can purchase the New Balance 530 Vazee at an affordable price.
  • The New Balance 530 Vazee displays an ageless style.
  • Several colorways are available for those who are interested in this shoe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • More than a couple of New Balance 530 Vazee buyers complained that it runs small.

Bottom line

For buyers who are always a fan of classic sneaker styles, the New Balance 530 Vazee is a good pick. This 2016 release embodies a smooth design. The update treats the foot with a lightweight and responsive ride. Its Vazee sole unit was adapted from New Balance’s premium running shoes to bring a comfortable feel.

Facts

Base model: New Balance 530
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: New Balance 530
Price: $100
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, White
Special editions: 4 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 5% best sneaker
It has never been more popular than this April

The New Balance 530 Vazee is a shoe sold in men’s sizing. Sizes 7 to 13 are offered. It is offered in standard (D) width. Women who are interested in getting the pair need to order 1.5 sizes down to make sure that the shoe fits. It runs fairly true to size. The front of the sneaker has a lace-up closure for a snug-fitting feel.

The New Balance 530 Vazee bears the classic design of its original silhouette. The rugged shoe has a streamlined performance base which exudes a contemporary feel and appearance that’s excellent for day-to day wear. Modern tooling and materials were applied, maintaining its relevance in the present time.

Experts who wrote about the New Balance 530 Vazee specifically mentioned the Vazee sole unit which provides a speedy and responsive ride. It is one of the updates to the reiteration of the classic running shoe from the '90.

The New Balance 530 Vazee came from the company’s 530 running shoe launched in the '90s. Recently, the silhouette is being reworked in various colorways. For the Vazee release, one of its color schemes came from its heritage shoe which includes black, white and purple.

The American footwear company launched a campaign in 2015 for the 530 Vazee. They hired New York street photographer Aaron Pegg for the photoshoots. He owns Underground NYC, a popular Instagram account that has thousands of followers. He took photos of the shoe with the grit-covered, city subways as its backdrop. This was the perfect place to shoot the 530 in the Vazee edition because subways are a focal point for shoes in the Big Apple. New Balance has a dedicated web page for the campaign with Pegg. 

The New Balance 530 Vazee was released just in time for the New Year in 2016. It retailed for 100 USD.

  • The collar and tongue of these sneakers are padded.
  • The upper is made of mesh with suede overlays.
  • The shoe has a rubber sole.
  • The Vazee outsole is flexible.
  • A large NB branding can be seen on the tongue.
  • The Vazee sole unit is a new cushioning system by New Balance.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com