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  • Terrain
    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
    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 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.

    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.

  • Use
    Use

    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
    Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 7.5oz
    Women: 6.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jul 2015
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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.

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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.