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
$110
Weight
Men: 8.5oz
Women: 7.3oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 6mm
Women: 6mm

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.

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

6 reasons to buy

  • Some testers mentioned that the mechanisms and the form of the shoe are awesome.
  • Based on some reviews, the shoe felt like the original Vazee Pace.
  • Few runners commented that the New Balance FuelCore Sonic looked vibrant and beautiful.
  • A lot of users said that the upper felt snug and durable.
  • According to some testers, this shoe offered high levels of comfort and flexibility.
  • A number of users agreed that the BOA system is a welcome upgrade to the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • According to some users, the shoe easily fell apart after only several uses.
  • A small number of buyers were disappointed in the inefficient breathability of the upper unit.
  • Several runners commented that the shoe was not able to provide enough grip on wet roads.

Bottom line

A lot of testers agreed that the New Balance FuelCore Sonic felt more like the original Vazee Pace when compared to the Vazee Pace 2. They also stated that the BOA closure system was a standout as a feature; according to them, the easy-to-adjust mechanism made the whole product more appealing. Runners mentioned that the shoe was best used for daily training, but a few gave caution because it did not provide them with an effective grip on moist and wet roads.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 9 ratings

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4 star
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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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87 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    Fun shoe to run in.

  • 85 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    I liked the shoe, but I did not find myself excited grab them off the rack and run in them.

  • 90 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 4 expert

    It's a good every day trainer, and picks up to speed really well.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Lionello Bardina • Level 3 expert

    The New Balance FuelCore Sonic has all the makings of a solid trainer for logging big miles, a firm responsive midsole, beefy outsole, and durable upper with a great fit.

  • 90 / 100 by Sun and Sole • Joel Morris • Level 3 expert

    It’s a great all-around shoe that lets you customize your fit and feel like there’s practically nothing on your foot at all.

  • 89 / 100 by Go Faster • Michael Lin • Level 2 expert

    The shoe has a very innovative fit system that is particularly well suited to triathletes and those who like to adjust their shoe fit on the fly.

  • 87 / 100 by Pris Chew Dot Com • Priscilla • Level 2 expert

    Due to the innovative Boa® fitting system in the FuelCore Sonic, I would say that the FuelCore Sonic shoes may not really suit everyone, but for those who it works for, it is definitely an effective system.

  • 85 / 100 by Triathelete • Chris Foster • Level 1 expert

    All in all, the New Balance FuelCore Sonic is a great shoe and the BOA system is a huge upgrade over traditional laces.

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Updates to New Balance FuelCore Sonic

  • The New Balance FuelCore Sonic is a road shoe that’s designed to suit the athletic needs of neutral runners. It features an ultra-breathable air mesh upper that helps the runner’s foot to stay comfortable, fresh, and cool, even after several miles of running.
  • It utilizes the Boa Closure System that promotes custom fitting and comfort. It is made up of thin yet durable lace-strands that connect to an adjustable dial. Runners need only to manipulate the dial in order to modify the fit.
  • The Bootie construction of the New Balance FuelCore Sonic gives the shoe a lightweight structure and second-skin-like feel.

New Balance FuelCore Sonic size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the New Balance FuelCore Sonic has a standard running shoe length. This responsive shoe is best for triathletes who undergo daily training. Available widths are D – Medium and 2E – Wide for the men’s version, while the women’s version has B – Medium and D – Wide.

Outsole

The New Balance FuelCore Sonic has a solid blown rubber outsole that helps runners take control of their movements on the asphalt. This also heightens responsiveness and cushioning because of its soft nature.

Flex grooves are added in order to keep the platform flexible and compliant to the natural bending of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.

Midsole

The RevLite midsole of the New Balance FuelCore Sonic is a firm and responsive unit. The RevLite is an innovative foam compound that provides a secure, snug and lightweight cushioning to the shoe. It gives a good amount of protection for the runner’s foot. It provides a more flexible and smoother ride.

Upper

The upper of the New Balance FuelCore Sonic utilizes the Boa System. The shoe uses lightweight laces and a micro-adjustable dial. The round dial modifies the fit by tightening or loosening the laces that are connected to the main fabric. One only needs to turn the mechanism in order to get the desired fit.

The low friction lace is designed to aid in a precise and long-lasting fit. This custom fitting allows runners to easily engage and release. The TX4 laces are made of a dyneema-and-polyester mix, which makes them strong yet soft. The Boa L6 dial was made to resist abrasion.

The upper consists of Synthetic Mesh. Its purpose is to wrap the foot snugly and securely. Also, its breathable nature keeps the foot cool and dry.

Textile overlays are purposely added to help the upper fabrics in securing the runner’s foot.

The New Balance FuelCore Sonic has a No-Sew Bootie Construction that gives ultimate comfort to runners.