Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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WeightMen: 10.8ozWomen: 9.1oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
Release dateJul 2019
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91 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
Overall, if you liked the [Fresh Foam Vongo v3], you would definitely like this shoe
Though I don’t normally run in structured (stable) shoes, I love the Vongo 4.
The [Fresh Foam Vongo v4] definitely fills a void for overpronators who want a minimal heel-to-toe offset, without completely dipping into zero-drop territory.
...if you liked the feel underfoot of the V3 and are looking for a different take on an upper, this could work for you.
I don’t have much good to say about the Vongo 4, which is somewhat surprising since I’m a huge fan of New Balance in general, but this shoe just doesn’t fit my running needs...
The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v4 hits a precise balance between comfort and hold... [its] unique combination of low drop, high cushion, and varus wedge angled midsole make it stand out as it's own niche of mild stability offering.
- In the fourth iteration of the Fresh Foam Vongo, New Balance offers innovative stability running shoe that combines a plush ride and a supportive underfoot platform. This shoe promises to be sleeker, smoother, and lighter than other options for overpronators.
- This update presents an upper material that is more stretchable and breathable, as it does away with the unnecessary plastic fusing that adds to the bulk. A new Hypoknit collar aids to the stylish appearance of the shoe while also adding to the comfort.
- The Fresh Foam midsole combines cushioning and strategic geometry to provide the required stability without the use of a traditional medial post. It sits on a lightweight blown rubber outsole, resulting in a sole unit with a data-driven design that delivers a consistent level of support.
The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v4 is constructed with the overpronator in mind. Thus, its structural dimensions are meant to accommodate the foot with a low arch. It is also reinforced in areas that aim to resist the inward rolling of the foot. The shoe utilizes PL-4 lasting, which means it has a standard heel width, toe box height, and forefoot width. Its midfoot volume ranges from moderate to low.
The lightweight blown rubber outsole of the New Balance Vongo v4 helps augment cushioning while providing a smooth ride. It also protects the foot during impact.
The outsole’s tread pattern is the brand’s classic hexagon shapes that deliver the needed traction and flexibility of the foot. The design is separated in the middle by a deep groove that runs from the forefoot to the heel. This groove helps with the balance as it keeps the runner’s weight centered during activity.
The blown rubber outsole is distinctly portioned into two: a soft piece on the lateral side to slow overpronation down, while a firm bit is on the lateral side to enhance propulsion.
As its name implies, the main midsole component is the Fresh Foam in the Fresh Foam Vongo v4. Formed as a one-piece unit, the Fresh Foam compound provides continual cushioning and a plush feel. It has a wedge shape that slopes upward from the lateral to the medial side in the forefoot area; such a structure slows down the inward rolling of the foot.
The Fresh Foam is also present in many other running shoes from New Balance, such as the Fresh Foam 1080 v9, which is a neutral shoe.
The shoe also comes with a molded ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam insole that gives extra cushioning for arch support, as well as durable comfort that reduces joint pain.
Engineered mesh in the upper of the Fresh Foam Vongo v4 provides the foot with a flexible fit. It comes with perforations that lend the shoe a breathable quality. The mesh is reinforced in the medial side of the midfoot area to resist the inward rolling of the foot.
A piece of Hypoknit collar surrounds the ankle and works by providing a locked-down fit and keeping the foot secure.
The upper is constructed with a cleatie structure and no-sew overlays, both of which contribute to making the shoe lightweight. These two elements also aid in delivering an anatomical fit while reducing friction and irritation.
The Fresh Foam Vongo v4 also features a padded tongue and heel collar for an enhanced comfort level.