Set a record. Break it. Repeat. Get ready to reach all new speeds in Vazee Pace. Engineered for the relentless pursuit of faster, this lightweight running shoe delivers the snappy, responsive ride required for all the miles you have planned for it. -New Balance
Thomas: This shoe is a firecracker! The Vazee is a fun shoe to pick up the pace in. The 6mm drop feels natural with just enough forward lean to get your legs rolling. The weight at 9 oz. for a size 10.5 is light and as New Balance said, “snappy.” The rubber on the outsole looks oddly placed, but oddly enough it gives a superb ground feel. The Vazee Pace fits my narrow foot nearly perfect. No hot spots or any irritation. The laces have a little elasticity to them that helps the fit of the shoe feel custom. I thought the “deconstructed heel counter” might be marketing jargon, however, the heel counter disappears and is only noticeable when putting on and taking off the shoe. It is soft and pliable. The cushioning is perfect for me to run any distance and there is even some arch support built in. The Vazee is a good looking shoe, it looks fast. Getting ready for my morning runs I look down on them and know it will be a good run. That’s half the battle, right? I’ll say it in the conclusion, but if you can’t wait to get that far… I FRIGGIN’ LOVE THIS SHOE!
Meaghan: The Vazee Pace is an awesome shoe. It’s considered a daily trainer and replaces the 890 from New Balance’s lineup. I didn’t have high expectations for the Vazee Pace after trying out the Zante. Unlike (what seems like) most of the world, I didn’t love the Zante. Wrong fit & feel. The Vazee Pace was a completely different experience for me. It’s structured with a broader forefoot and has some additional support through the upper. The tongue and collar are nicely padded, complete with a flat lacing system. The midsole is made up of New Balance’s REVlite foam which is a bit firmer than the Fresh Foam. I really liked the feel underfoot. It’s not a max-cushioned shoe, but it’s cushioned enough for long distances. There is noticeable arch support (bump) that I actually liked, but may bother some. These shoes hug your feet without feeling constricting and they’re SO light! My W7.5 came in at 6.75 oz. Finally, it’s a good-looking shoe. Clean, simple and BRIGHT. In case the neon yellow colorway wasn’t enough, New Balance also added some reflective overlays. You can’t miss them.
Thomas: The worst thing about these shoes is they will be worn out by the time I am ready to run the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon in November and I will need to buy a new pair.
Meaghan: The only negative thing I can say about this shoe is the laces are wayyyyy too long. I had to lace them through the extra hole and double-knot them just to avoid tripping on my laces mid-run.
Thomas: The hype was all around the New Balance Zante, while a good shoe, I was not in love. Competitor Magazine gave it the shoe of the year back in March, pfsssh. The Vazee Pace was the shoe I waiting for. So far, this is my pick for new shoe of the year, and this has been a great year for running shoes. I can’t imagine any shoe will be able to take its place. The closest competitors all have at least one flaw. I warned you I would say it again, I friggin’ love this shoe. You need to have this one.
Meaghan: I know I love a shoe when I pick it up for my long run. I took the Vazee Pace out for my 21 miler last weekend and they held up great. My feet felt fresh afterwards. As someone who’s been leaning towards the max-cushioned shoes, the Vazee Pace is a breath of fresh air. Super light, super fast, and still goes the distance. I highly, highly recommend trying out this shoe.
The Vazee Pace was provided by New Balance for this review.