Shoe Review: New Balance Vanzee Pace

13918382_1189380271125809_1132097123_oThe New Balance Vanzee Pace is is an attractive shoe coming out of the box especially in the color that I chose.

It has a typical running shoe shape and is fairly light weight and is similar in shape to the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante (which I also own).

The midsole material is called Revlite which is supposed to provide a firm but bouncy ride. This is how the shoe is described on the New Balance website: “Unleash even more speed and style in the Vanzee Pace v2.

New Balance Vanzee Pace

“A go-to choice for Team NB and casual runners alike, the second generation of this women’s running shoe boasts an even faster feel and new 2-tone woven mesh overlays that provide support while upping the style factor.” The Vanzee Pace retails at $110.00. It weighs 7.9 oz (women) and has a 6mm drop.

My First Run in the New Balance Vanzee Pace

This shoe felt like coming home right out of the box. I’ve worn the New Balance Zante for a few months and these feel similar. They hug my feet nicely, breathe well, have a good amount of arch support and decent room in the toe box. They felt responsive and fast.

Overall Thoughts

This is a very easy shoe to wear and I can see it becoming a staple in my shoe rotation. It has the right amount of cushioning for anything from short to long runs if you’re used to a more minimally cushioned shoe. I also like the fact that they have a middle amount of drop and could be used as a transition for someone going from a traditional higher drop to zero drop shoe. I’ve put 28 miles on these shoes in the last two weeks and have absolutely no complaints. They have quickly become a favorite in my running shoe rotation.

*Disclaimer: I received this pair of shoes free to test but did not get any compensation for this review.


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