Facts

Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$135
Weight
Men: 11.6oz
Women: 10oz
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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 8.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • One user said that the shoe’s cushioning felt soft, but not too soft to the point where it felt mushy.
  • Some users commented that the ride the New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo V2 delivered was very smooth.
  • Most users were glad that the shoe was functional. They used their pair both as a running shoe and as a lifestyle shoe.
  • A majority of reviewers mentioned that the shoe was comfortable.
  • Several reviewers agreed that the shoe is true to size.
  • One user was thankful that the shoe had options for wider widths.
  • There were testers with back, joint, and foot problems who wore the shoe consistently. All of them said that the shoe did not cause them any pain on their problem areas.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One user who overpronates said that the upper midfoot section did not prevent his foot from rolling inward.
  • Another tester said that the shoe felt narrow.
  • Some users expressed that they preferred the structure of the first version of the Vongo.
  • A runner said that the Vongo V2 is a tad expensive.

Bottom line

The second version of the Fresh Foam Vongo is a stability road running shoe is made to balance out cushioning and support. Most runners claimed that it offered stability and exceptionally smooth transitions through the gait cycle. This is a good choice as a daily partner in activities such as walking, light running, or light exercising. Its street-ready design can make a runner go from the gym to an event without switching footwear.


Rankings

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4.1 / 5 based on 8 ratings

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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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74 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    The Vongo 2 is a good choice for the mildly pronating midfoot runner who wants a high quality, durable trainer.

  • 60 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Kristin Lassen • Level 4 expert

    The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2 offers high cushion with a low offset and a comfortable feel but provides very low stability for a shoe in this category despite the Varus Wedge sole.

  • 75 / 100 by Sun and Sole • Joel Morris • Level 3 expert

    Honestly, this shoe is awesome for heavier runners who need a little support.

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Updates to New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2

  • Most of the second version’s updates can be found on the upper of the shoe. Formerly, it had more structural lines, with a midfoot saddle overlay that extended towards the heel. In this new version, the air mesh upper was retained but combined with a FantomFit overlay. A heel counter was added to aid in keeping the heel in place during the running session. New Balance basically simplified the upper, giving the shoe more of a lifestyle feel.
  • Despite the minimalist upper, the second version of the shoe is heavier than its predecessor. The Fresh Foam Vongo 1 was around 300 grams (10.6 ounces) for men. Currently, the men’s version weighs in at 329 grams (11.6 ounces).
  • The Fresh Foam cushioning on the midsole was preserved, but the visible pattern was updated from hexagonal and diamond-like deep indentions to vertically elongated and horizontally stretched hexagons.
  • The flex line on the outsole was lengthened, and New Balance made it so that the tread on the outsole mimicked the pattern on the midsole.

New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2 size and fit

Standard sizing and a snug fit can be expected from the New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo 2. Runners are able to order a pair in their usual running shoe measurements. For the width, runners have more of a choice. The width measurements of this shoe are medium or regular (D for men and B for women) and wide (2E for men and D for women).

Outsole

The outsole of the Fresh Foam Vongo v2 is made up of a 2-piece rubber. Each kind is indicated with a different color. The first type of rubber is softer; on top of its protective capacity and its traction-ready nature, it also reduces the rate of overpronation. The other rubber is firmer. The purpose of this hardy nature is to enhance the protective purpose of the outsole while also ensuring traction.

The tread pattern mimics the midsole patterns. Individual hexagonal shapes, some indentions, some protrusions, have been stretched and collapsed to form a multidirectional, asymmetrical tread. They help in keeping the sole unit flexible and agreeable to the natural movements of the wearer’s foot.

Midsole

The midsole has the Fresh Foam, a patented cushioning technology created with EVA and molded with various convex and concave shapes. Used in the manufacturing of the midsole, the chemical properties of the EVA compound have been tweaked to produce a springy yet stable foam. Then, it’s molded into different shapes on various zones to alter its level of compression and resistance. The Fresh Foam ultimately serves as an agent for energy return and as a means to give the runner a comfortable ride.

Included in the whole package is the molded sock liner found inside the shoe. It sits on top of the footbed, providing extra cushioning for the foot. This add-on’s molded distinction means that it follows the natural contours of the underfoot, so not only is it for cushioning, it also helps to enhance the comfort within the shoe.

Upper

The upper material is made of engineered mesh which is tougher than the mesh material found on the shoe’s predecessor. This mesh upper is able to retain its shape while still giving some degree of elasticity to cater to the runner’s foot shape.

There are fewer overlays on the upper. In fact, the only overlay takes the form of the letter “N” on the sides of the shoe. These “N” add-ons on either side keep the foot in place, and, at the same time, provide some much-needed structure to the lightweight upper. Despite this, the structural support it gives is insubstantial, but it does its job in forming the shape of the upper in a way that hugs the midfoot.

At the back, a heel counter can be observed. This feature also does its part in keeping the foot in place during runs. The material is much stiffer compared to the overlay. Strategically, it targets a key area of the foot that needs the most steadiness.

For optimum comfort, the entire upper was manufactured with a bootie-like design that utilizes a no-sew technique. Fit-wise, the combination makes the shoe comfortable, while also lessening the chances of irritation caused by stitches that are exposed.