Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Stability
Use
Daily running
Price
$130
Weight
M: 300g | W: 249g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The plush interior and the Fresh Foam combine to give the Vongo a very comfortable ride.

  • It has respectable durability, according to many runners.

  • New Balance’s Vongo has a sufficiently stable ride that is never jarring, based on some comments.

  • The 4mm drop enhances the turnover from the heel to the forefoot, observed a handful of runners.

  • Shoe breathability is afforded by a very breathable mesh and a perforated midfoot saddle.

  • It is quite light for a stability shoe.

  • A large number of runners loved the correct blend of cushioning and stability.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The price tag is a little harder to swallow for some runners.

  • Some runners think the cushioning is a bit firmer than expected or as advertised.

Bottom line

The stability shoe in the Fresh Foam collection, the Vongo uses an innovative midsole setup to deliver mild stability. New Balance raises the medial side a bit higher than the lateral side so the overpronator rolls towards the elevated part of the shoe to curb overpronation. It has superior comfort and breathability. The Fresh Foam Vongo is one of New Balance’s best lightweight trainers.



World wide, Fresh Foam Vongo is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, New Balance, is the 4th most popular.

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Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 58 ratings

5 star
69%
4 star
16%
3 star
9%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

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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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86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 86
    CraigLevel 3 expert
    by Runner's High
    For me, I wasn't finding any ill-effects, any, kind of, negative consequences.
  • 87
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The Vongo is one of a new generation of shoes designed to reduce excess inward rolling in a less-complex, smoother-running shoe. 
  • 81
    New England Running CompanyLevel 4 expert
    by New England Running Company
    Though a little lower in the heel, the Vongo is not short on cushioning or lacking structuring.
  • 90
    Kyle JangLevel 3 expert
    by RunRepeat
    The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo is a slightly expensive shoe, but makes up for it with fantastic cushioning and overall quality of the shoe. It provides adequate, but not overly rigid medial support and is great for the mild pronator.
  • 84
    Austin BondsLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    Like other Fresh Foam models, the Vongo has a firmness about it, notably in the forefoot – and yet I still found it to be a soft shoe. 
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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    Amazing breathability because most of this upper is made out of mesh, so it'll keep your feet cool and breathing.
  • Nelly Shop Zappos
    Built for the overpronator, with a breathable mesh and synthetic upper; with perforated midfoot overlays to provide smooth and structured flexibility.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    On the upper, air mesh technology provides lightweight breathability, and a bootie construction provides an irritant-free wrap.
  • The Athlete's Foot Australia
    The Fresh Foam Vongo utilizes a lot of innovative technology to create a stability shoe unlike anything we've ever seen before.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    The use of a Fresh Foam midsole with uniquely designed patterns provides a soft, smooth transition, while still providing a supportive platform.

Updates to Fresh Foam Vongo

New Balance dives into the lightweight stability trainer in the Fresh Foam series through the Vongo. The mild stability is delivered by making the medial side a bit beefier and higher than the lateral side. This design offers gradual and unobtrusive support for the mild overpronator and the runner who loves ultra-long runs. Further stability is enhanced by a slightly wider and straighter footprint.

The Fresh Foam continues to be the main technology that anchors an entire series, of which the Vongo is now a popular part. It is a lightweight foam that is engineered after painstaking study based on the biomechanics and needs of runners. The Fresh Foam offers a slightly firmer and responsive ride.

A new AirMesh upper makes every run extremely breathable. New Balance sprinkles the right mix of flexibility in the shoe to give it better stretch in the right area. It is of minimal nature and one of the reasons why the Vongo belongs to the lightweight stability category.

Fresh Foam Vongo size and fit

The fit is very standard. Most runners should be able to enjoy their runs in the New Balance Vongo because the forefoot has adequate real estate for the toes to splay and to accommodate runners whose feet are a bit wider than usual. Medium and wide are the available widths. The standard sizes are from 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.

Outsole

The outsole is dominated by blown rubber in most parts. There are various lugs of different sizes and shapes that afford excellent traction on the road and groomed trails. A noteworthy inclusion is the deep and substantial cut that runs from the heel to the midfoot. It increases flexibility and helps with the movement from the heel to the forefoot.

Midsole

The full-length Fresh Foam keeps the cushioning generally consistent and improves the transition in the gait cycle. The innovative technique of making the medial side a bit firmer and more elevated smoothly and gradually holds off overpronation. Fans of New Balance should recognize the signature plush, but firm and responsive cushioning.

Upper

The bootie-style construction offers a glove-like fit. With a seamless construction, the foot-wrapping security and comfort are very evident. New Balance employs a very breathable AirMesh that is also very light and durable. There are synthetic overlays for more support and structure. For better cushioning, support, and fit, a molded sockliner is found in the interior of this shoe.


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