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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: 7.5oz
Women: 6.5oz
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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 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The upper unit of the New Balance Vazee Pace felt like a glove, according to those who tried it.
  • This shoe was stylish, but it wasn’t too visually bombastic when it came to its color schemes; such a design appealed to those who didn’t want too much color on their running gear.
  • The fabrics of the upper was able to allow air into the foot chamber, and runners appreciated how it kept their feet cool and dry throughout their activities.
  • According to a user, the interior fabrics were smooth and it didn’t cause any discomfort or irritation.
  • The toe box was slightly roomy, but the rest of the cover system felt snug and secure, wrote a number of testers.
  • Many runners described this model as ‘comfortable’.
  • A reviewer wrote that the shoelaces felt rich, high-tech and stretchy; it didn’t unravel by themselves even after many miles of running.
  • This shoe was adequately lightweight for a lot of runners.
  • Users commented that the underfoot platform was reliable when it came to its capability to cushion the foot.
  • Based on many reviews, the outsole’s traction capability was dependable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The outsole’s treads wore out on a number of testers, reducing the quality of surface traction.
  • It was half-a-size small for some of its reviewers.
  • A few runners noted that it was uncomfortably narrow and restricting.

Bottom line

The New Balance Vazee Pace was enjoyed by many of its testers. They were able to experience and comment about the efficient mid-sole, the comfortable upper unit, and the precise outsole rubber. But there were those who didn’t like the quality of the tread because it wore off too quickly on them, and the fit wasn’t as agreeable to others. Still, this neutral shoe became a popular choice among neutral runners.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 175 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
22%
3 star
9%
2 star
5%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    So far, this is my pick for new shoe of the year, and this has been a great year for running shoes. I can’t imagine any shoe will be able to take its place.

  • 90 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    On its own, the Vazee Pace is a lightweight shoe with excellent ground feel and good balance. When I want to go slow on a recovery day I don’t feel like I’m being pushed to floor it but when the time comes to turn on the speed, this shoe can fly.

  • 85 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    This is a lightweight, responsive and durable shoe that can go anywhere from a 5k to a marathon and possibly even beyond.

  • 80 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 5 expert

    It feels like between the minimal craze (whatever happened to…) and the new lean to maximal we are in a golden age of light, moderately cushioned shoes that are just plain FUN to run in.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The upper, a simple mesh with thin welded overlays for support, holds the foot nicely without binding anywhere.

  • 90 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 4 expert

    They are very responsive, and put loads of energy in your stride, making them very fun to run in.

  • 90 / 100 by Run Bulldog Run • Steve Speirs • Level 3 expert

    This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a lightweight, low-to-the-ground trainer that’s energetic and sleek enough to double as a racing flat. This shoe has a slightly wider forefoot profile, allowing for natural toe splay.

  • 70 / 100 by Competitor Running • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    This shoe rolls nicely, but it isn’t enough for those who need support or guidance.

  • 45 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek Oxley • Level 3 expert

    My only issue with the Vazee Pace was the bunching on the medial side-sizing down resolved it somewhat.

  • 85 / 100 by SUNDRIED • Daniel Puddick • Level 2 expert

    Another very good thing about these shoes is the width of them. If you are used to something a little more roomy than the typical running shoe then these are for you.

  • 93 / 100 by The Rundown • Chris McClung • Level 1 expert

    Last week I ran in this shoe twice, on back-to-back runs….straight out of the box. It could not have been better. Smooth. Disappears on-your-foot good.

  • 93 / 100 by the Athletarian • Christina the Athletarian • Level 1 expert

    The REVlite midsole foam, along with the shape and construction of the Vazee Pace make me feel more stable and supported even though they are such a light shoe. I will continue to use these for any runs under 10 miles.

  • 90 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Jamie Norton • Level 1 expert

    Finally, New Balance has bucked the trend of cutting width to cut weight, and brought a shoe to the table that combines a light and responsive midsole – 7.5oz for men and 6.5oz for women – with a spacious toebox.

  • 90 / 100 by Fitness Cheerleader • Janice • Level 1 expert

    I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a neutral shoe for your next race!

  • 90 / 100 by 605 Running Co. • Logan • Level 1 expert

    The Vazee has become my utility shoe. I will use it in shorter workouts where I want a little more cushion, on a long run and everywhere in-between.

  • 88 / 100 by Get Out There • Graig • Level 1 expert

    Great toe box room, a 6mm drop and a great ride were all bonuses with this shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Training a Runner • James Fletcher • Level 1 expert

    Whether on the flat, uphill or downhill, I had full confidence in my ‘Pace’ shoes. When I upped the speed to a 3.40k pace, the shoes responded well and I’d be very happy to wear them my at next attempt at a sub-18 parkrun.

  • 60 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Dan Gladden • Level 1 expert

    It’s has plenty of cushion in the midsole, but unfortunately for me, a rather narrow toe box. I think it may take time to get used to a smaller toe box but for the time I ran in them, I did feel pressure on my toes quite a bit.

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Updates to New Balance Vazee Pace

  • The Vazee collection of shoes introduces another shoe with more than enough cushioning for high-mileage trainings and ultra-long runs in a lightweight package that makes race days also as an ideal time to use the Vazee Pace.
  • In the Vazee Pace, New Balance brings back the REVlite midsole for its lightweight and snappy ride. It brings an element of firmness in the sole that is needed for powerful takeoffs without putting stress on the foot with each stride in a very long run.
  • For a shoe that is built for speed training or racing, New Balance gave the shoe a little bump on the medial side for better arch support. The support is not jarring and is designed to really come to the fore when runners go for marathons or longer runs. It is effective, but never gets in the way of neutral runners.
  • New Balance’s drive of providing fast and athletic shoes is evident by the kind of upper it offers in the Vazee Pace. The upper hugs the foot in support and comfort. There is an excellent lockdown feel as well delivered by the deconstructed heel counter and the synthetic overlays.

New Balance Vazee Pace size and fit

The fit of the Vazee Pace is snug in the rear going to the midfoot. With an Oblique Toe Box design, the forefoot has adequate space for the toes to splay. A large number of runners prefer this type of fit in their shoes. New Balance uses medium and wide as the available widths of this shoe. Sizing is standard with options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole is a full contact platform from the front to the back. New Balance designs the outsole with huge chunks of rubber called pods that effortlessly tie up with the deep flex grooves for exceptional flexibility in the forefoot and part of the midfoot. Carbon rubber is used on the heel and near the tips of the forefoot for durability while blown rubber covers most of the outsole for enhanced traction.


Midsole

To give that necessary pop for quick-paced runs, New Balance uses its patented REVlite midsole. It is very light and extremely durable. While the cushioning is adequate for ultra-long runs, it does not sag like many of the soft foams for a more energizing stride. The one-piece REVlite foam makes the transition better from the heel to the toes. The flex grooves in the outsole are the same pattern used in the midsole for excellent flexibility.


Upper

Probably the most minimal part of the shoe is the upper. It uses mainly two kinds of mesh. The one in the front has wider holes, which makes breathability excellent, while the midfoot part to the heel is a bit close for more structure and support. The bootie-style and seamless construction also deliver adequate midfoot hold through the welded synthetic overlays. Giving support in the rear section is the deconstructed heel counter. The counter is a bit pliable, which still helps with the wraparound fit and great comfort. Running without socks is made possible by the irritation-free interior. For enhanced comfort and cushioning, a traditional sockliner is utilized. Flat laces are used to give runner’s the fit they want most.