Today I am going to be doing a shoe review on the new, New Balance Vazee pace shoe. I was skeptical of this shoe when it first came into the store this spring, however, I have quickly been won over. Unfortunately, when I tried on this shoe and compared against a New Balance Fresh Foam (specifically the Zante), the Zante won out on comfort. In fact, I think the first thing I said about this shoe was that it felt stiff. However, the more I run in it, the more I love this shoe.
With a 6mm drop and REVlite midsole foam, New Balance is hitting on all-cylinders with this shoe. In addition, the 7.5 oz weight makes it an ideal racing shoe for me. As far as addressing the concerns of a hard sole, I find that the more I run in the shoe, the more comforting the shoe becomes. I can't really explain it, but it is almost like there is a "breaking in" period where the shoe adjusts to my foot.
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. Depending on your own distance and pace, however, you might want a shoe with a little more support (*SPOILER* I'll be reviewing the Saucony Zealot next). I plan on racing with this shoe at the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon next month in Minneapolis. Even the colors are all on target (with maybe the exception of the all-black women's shoe)!
I wore this shoe at the Sioux Falls Half Marathon this past weekend where I did my final long run/workout in preparation for Twin Cities. My day consisted of a 7 mile warm-up (7:00 pace), followed by "holding back" the first 7 miles of the half race (6:00 pace) and then pushing the last 6 a little (probably between 5:45 and 5:50 pace). The Vazee held up on all accounts. I was telling some people after the race that I didn't notice anything with my shoes, which when you are doing a final race-simulated workout, is exactly what you want.
Come down and try out the New Balance Vazee Pace on our treadmill at the store to see what you think!