Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Runners will feel unbelievable comfort in the Vazee Breathe, based on a large number of reviews.
  • It is a reasonably priced shoe.
  • The durability is more than average, according several runners.
  • Some testers appreciated the decent flexibility in this shoe.
  • New Balance provides an upper with ultimate breathability.
  • Most runners use the shoe for runs ranging from 10Ks to ultra-long ones.
  • A handful of runners noted the dynamic ride of the New Balance Breathe.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe may not be the best options in areas with inclement weather.

Bottom line

The Vazee Breathe surprised more than a few runners as it did not get as much hype as other shoes of the Vazee series, but delivers performance and durability that can rival those of its better-known and more expensive cousins. It is an extremely breathable shoe for really hot temperatures, good arch support, and a very plush interior in a cleatie-style fit for superior comfort.

Facts

Update: New Balance Vazee Breathe v2
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.8oz | Women: 7.6oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 6mm | Women: 6mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Brand: New Balance
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $95
Colorways: Blue, Green, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • New Balance adds another fantastic shoe in the Vazee collection of shoes in the Breathe. As the name suggests, it is made of an open mesh that delivers maximum breathability in the most arid conditions. Running in very hot temperatures is not as daunting because of the wide, open holes of the mesh and the Heat Foil, which keeps off heat away from the foot.
  • A new foam in the Rapid Rebound keeps every run dynamic in a lightweight package. The combination of superior breathability and an energizing run is something that will automatically catch the attention of most runners.

New Balance offers a locked in feel in the heel and midfoot with just a slightly wider forefoot. This is what most runners look for in their running shoes as it gives that racing shoe-type feel, but with still enough room for the toes to wiggle. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizing is on the money in this shoe with options 7 to 17 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.


The full rubber outsole is covered with blown rubber in the forefoot for better traction. New Balance uses huge forefoot grooves for enhanced flexibility. The same outsole configuration is also used in the Vazee Breathe 2.


A Rapid Rebound technology makes running more responsive. As it runs the whole length of the shoe, it also creates a more efficient movement from the heel to the toes. New Balance’s innovative Heat Foil helps with the maximum breathability as it deflects the heat from paved surfaces or light trail.


The upper is made of open, synthetic mesh. It has huge holes that deliver over the top breathability. To hold the midfoot down, a synthetic rib cage that is perforated, secures the area in comfort. There is substantial padding in the ankle collar and tongue for optimal comfort while flat laces ties the runner’s most comfortable fit.

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