We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • One user mentioned that the shoe had excellent grip on various common surfaces.
  • A majority of runners observed that the shoe was highly breathable. Those who lived in Texas were especially thankful for the ventilation.
  • A number of runners said that the shoe felt light.
  • Some consumers felt that the shoe had great spring back.
  • The toe box had enough room, according to some reviews.
  • One tester observed that the shoe’s fit is close, but not pinching.
  • A runner expressed that the shoe looked better in person than on websites.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of reviewers said that this running shoe did not feel comfortable when initially worn. Based on these reviews, the shoe had to be broken in.
  • A tester felt that the mesh material on the upper was too soft.
  • One user narrated that it was already falling apart after only one month of usage.

Bottom line

The New Balance Vazee Breathe v2 was inspired by the toughest heat in some of the warmest conditions. Moderately priced, this is a neutral road running shoe that delivers top-notch ventilation. On top of that, the midsole foam was made to deliver an enhanced rebound experience. Possibly, an ideal choice for runners looking for an airy, versatile, and light shoe for performance training and various workout activities.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 9.8oz | Women: 8.3oz
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, White
Small True to size Large
See more facts

  • A major overhaul was done on the upper of the New Balance Vazee Breathe v2. Previously, version one sported a breathable mesh with bigger holes that formed a uniform pattern. In this latest version, breathability is retained. However, the upper mesh material now has several perforations in varying sizes, scattered throughout key areas of the shoe.
  • To give way to an even higher level of ventilation, the upper overlay from the Vazee Breathe v1 was replaced with “N” overlays on both sides of the shoe’s midfoot. Primarily, these structures give shape to the shoe, as well as lightly support the midfoot, keeping it in place while the runner is in motion.
  • On the outsole, the tread pattern has also been updated. From huge forefoot grooves, the tread was upgraded to a pattern that can provide better traction and durable protection underfoot. Individual diamond-shaped cutouts cover most of the forefoot. These zones are separated by deep indentions to make way for flexibility.

Standard sizing and a snug fit can be expected from the New Balance Vazee Breathe v2. Those interested will be able to get a pair in the usual running shoe sizes. As for the width, the shoe is available in the usual measurements – B and D medium for women and men, respectively.

The outsole of the New Balance Vazee Breathe v2 comes equipped with blown rubber covering diamond-like structures beneath the shoe. Aside from these structures being separated by deep flex grooves, the surface of the rubber bears superficial chevron designed indentions and bumps to increase the traction of the shoe on asphalt and other common surfaces.

New Balance’s Rapid Rebound technology called Revlite is found on the midsole. It is a foam compound that provides the same responsiveness and durability as other New Balance foams that are 30% thicker. This technology gives runners more energy return with every stride without sacrificing weight and durability.

Diagonal striations can be found on both sides of the midsole. These lines specifically help with flexibility, making the runner go through each stage of the running cycle as smoothly as possible. The outcome of this dynamic is an undisturbed and comfortable ride.

Since the shoe was made to prioritize ventilation, New Balance incorporated the NB Heat Foil. This technology can be seen when the shoe is flipped over. It makes sure that the Vazee Breathe v2 maintains its claim for heat dispersion, deflecting heat from most surfaces the runner steps or runs on.

Vazee Breathe v2’s upper is made up of engineered mesh which is stronger and more elastic than standard mesh materials. Because of its complex weaving, it is able to expand, stretch, and compress to provide runners with a customized fit. It also is the material which is mainly responsible for allowing air to flow through the shoe. Various perforations in the material allow heat to escape and air to get into the shoe as the runner takes every stride.

To lightly provide some support on the dorsal midfoot, New Balance embedded a reflective overlay, shaped like the letter “N”. At night, runners will have more visibility when wearing the shoe, thanks to the overlays. Although in a minimal way, these same structures aid in maintaining the shoe’s shape while also maintaining security for the midfoot.

The entire upper was put together using a no-sew technique. The way the materials were applied was done without any stitching or without the use of thread. Without sacrificing the durable construction of the shoe, the risk of irritation to the skin rubbing on the thread is lessened.