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.
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WeightMen: 10.5ozWomen: 9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
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 heightMen: 27mmWomen: 27mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: normal, wideWomen: normal, wide
Release dateJan 2017
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How good is version 2 of the New Balance Vazee Prism?
New Balance has slathered tons of blown rubber.
This is a model that will perform well for distances from 5Ks up to marathons. For many mild to moderate pronators, this might serve as the perfect shoe in which to run a first half-marathon.
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The New Balance Vazee Prism v2 is another home run from New Balance’s Vazee line. It is equal parts fast and supportive.
The New Balance Vazee Prism V2 is a great all-around shoe and I love that I have it in my arsenal.
Updates to New Balance Vazee Prism v2
- Seemingly, many of the updates in the New Balance Vazee Prism v2 are in response to past issues of the original Prism. Most conspicuous in the changes in the upper is the use of a very breathable and softer mesh. The large holes in the forefoot and the sides guarantees a sweat-free and dry run.
- The soft, but dense mesh also helps with the form-fitting upper. It plays tag team with the bootie construction for a personalized fit that many runners should find very nice.
- A little more room in the toe box is answered by the removal of the substantial forefoot to toe box overlays. There should be more vertical space in this shoe than the prior version.
- The previously stiffer ride is answered by a larger cut out in the outsole. This gives the shoe more compression, particularly for those who land on their heels.
- This kind of improvement is also manifested in the side walls of both the medial and lateral sides. There are perforations or dimples in most parts of the side walls for a bit more flex and a softer ride.
- New Balance also made some considerable changes in the forefoot section of the outsole. There are more prominent podular rubber pods that increase softness and the smoothness of the ride.
- As there are huge podular pods, this create cut outs for enhanced flexibility.
New Balance Vazee Prism v2 size and fit
The fit of the Vazee Prism v2 is somewhat similar to the original. One can notice that the upper has more room in the toe box and a more form-fitting fit. There are overlays on both sides to hold the foot well. The external heel counter may have been removed, but there is still sufficient support and security for neutrals and mild over pronators. It generally runs true to size.
Most of the outsole of the New Balance Prism v2 is composed of blown rubber for more traction. Only the heel section sports a harder carbon rubber to give the shoe a long-lasting performance. There are podular pods in the forefoot in answering the call for a smoother and softer ride. The resulting grooves should only improve the shoe’s flexibility.
New Balance remains to be steadfast in the choice of the REVlite foam as the midsole technology for the Vazee line. This foam is supposedly 30% lighter than the basic New Balance midsole foams. It has ample durability with a decent amount of cushioning and responsiveness. In order to add more compression for a softer ride, the lateral and medial sides of the foot are covered with small perforations. A co-molded post on the medial side, beneath the arch deliver lightweight stability for minimal overpronators.
Superb breathability arrives in the 2nd version of the Vazee Prism because of the large holes of the soft mesh. There are strategically placed overlays for midfoot security. New Balance uses a very plush lining in the interior and a bootie construction for exceptional comfort. An internal, pliable heel counter with a tab of overlay keep the rear section secured and supported. For those who may require orthotics, the removable insole should be an excellent feature. A traditional lace-up closure holds the fit from the first stride until the last.