Who should buy the New Balance Vazee Pace

Definitely get the New Balance Vazee Pace if:

  • You want a lightweight running shoe for neutral pronation
  • You want a snuggly fit shoe built for speed training or racing

New Balance Vazee Pace logo

Exceptional flexibility in the foot

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.

New Balance Vazee Pace orange midfoot

Durable outsoles of Vazee Pace

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. The blown rubber material is also utilized in the outsole of the Vazee Pace 2 and other popular New Balance running footwear.

New Balance Vazee Pace carbon rubber outsole

New Balance's REVlite 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.

New Balance Vazee Pace midsole

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.

New Balance Vazee Pace Revlite midsole

Breathable structure and support in the upper

The upper 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.

New Balance Vazee Pace upper mesh

The cleatie-style and seamless construction also deliver adequate midfoot hold through the welded synthetic overlays.

New Balance Vazee Pace closed mesh upper

Great fit and comfort with the Vazee Pace

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.

New Balance Vazee Pace heel counter

Running without socks is made possible by the irritation-free interior. For enhanced comfort and cushioning, a traditional sockliner is utilized.

New Balance Vazee Pace inner liner

Flat laces are used to give runners the fit they want most.

New Balance Vazee Pace Laces

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 213g / Women 184g
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: New Balance Vazee Pace v2
Forefoot height: 11mm
Heel height: 17mm

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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.