Verdict from 8.6 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Many runners were able to use the New Balance Vazee Rush for a variety of activities, including running and training.
  • This shoe looked visually endearing to those who have tried it.
  • The upper unit received praise because it allowed air into the foot-chamber, which kept the wearer cool and dry.
  • It had a lightweight nature, but it was dependably sturdy, commented a user.
  • The underfoot cushioning system was able to responsibly absorb impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle, noted a tester.
  • Several runners commented that this model held up well, even when used frequently.
  • This shoe was affordable and its general quality was very agreeable, wrote a lot of consumers.
  • According to numerous reviewers, the grip of the outsole was reliably precise.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the mid-sole unit wasn’t able to provide long-term underfoot cushioning during long races.
  • Others noted that it was a bit stiff, thus preventing them from achieving better freedom of movement.
  • A few noticed that the outsole tread wore off after only a few months of use.

Bottom line

The New Balance Vazee Rush became a popular running companion for those who needed smooth coverage, comfortable cushioning and reliable surface traction. The general durability of this road shoe was lauded, and though the outsole rubber wore off on some testers, it didn’t overshadow its efficacy as a go-to shoe for those with active lifestyles. Neutral runners still gave it solid reviews.

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  • The New Balance Vazee Rush features a seamless, no-sew cleatie construction that delivers a glove-like fit while keeping the entire upper cover breathable. It also gives added support while wrapping the foot securely.
  • This shoe also comes with a deconstructed heel counter that encourages natural foot movement while giving additional shoe flexibility and unrestrained fit.

The Vazee Rush is available in standard running shoe length. The midfoot, forefoot and heel are of standard measurements, accommodating those with regular foot widths. This shoe is available in both standard and wide measurements for both men’s and women’s version.


The outsole of the Vazee Rush uses the regular blown carbon rubber that offers enough amount of traction. Its treading is almost-flat and non-aggressive in nature, making the shoe ideal for both dry and wet surfaces. This outsole material is also utilized in the Vazee Rush v2.


The midsole features the innovative RevLite foam that allows runners to experience a well-cushioned, comfortable rider. It gives plush underfoot feel, allowing runners to survive long distance runs. This midsole foam is highly responsive and delivers a smooth heel-to-toe transition.


The New Balance Vazee Rush provides a lightweight, comfortable and breathable coverage due to the synthetic upper mesh. The no-sew construction provide a smooth feel while giving a secure fit. The cleatie tongue construction of the shoe delivers a seamless, next-to-skin comfort while the oblique toe box imitates the curvature of the foot, providing runners an enhanced fit.

Size and fit

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Same sizing as New Balance Vazee Rush v2.

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How Vazee Rush compares

This shoe: 89
All shoes average: 86
53 98
This shoe: $90
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 8.1oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 16.2oz
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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