I’ve been running quite a bit lately (if you haven’t noticed 😉 ) and keeping a regular shoe rotation has been key for me. I don’t know if there’s a correlation but since I started running in multiple pairs of shoes, I have not had to deal with any serious injuries. Maybe I’ve just been a smarter runner or maybe a variety of shoes has kept those injuries at bay. We’ll never know!
The first thing I thought about the shoe was that the colour was fantastic. I know, I know. Here I am judging a shoe by what it looks like again. But you ladies can relate, right? All of our options are always pink and purple-heavy so it was nice to see something different. I absolutely love the yellow but now this newer colour way came out and I’m all like OH EM GEE I NEED ANOTHER PAIR.
New Balance, you are nailing it with the colours. Kudos to you.
Okay let’s get back on track. The launch of the Vazee Pace coincides with New Balance’s latest marketing platform ‘Always In Beta’ – the brand’s promise to relentlessly improve, to never stop pushing and to always strive for more.
The Vazee Pace is New Balance’s new(ish) performance road running shoe. It’s designed for runners looking for a stable ride and who want to move quickly through the gait cycle. The shoe was launched in July so I’ve had a little bit of time to get some miles on them.
For the most part, I’ve been sticking to neutral shoes but wear something a bit heavier/more cushiony for long runs and something lighter for short/fast runs. As soon as I got the Vazee Pace, I knew they’d be for my short and fast runs. Like the Zantes, they are suuuuuper light so I don’t think they would do my legs and feet any favours on 20+ milers. That’s just a personal thing though. My friend just ran a marathon last weekend (and qualified for Boston) in these shoes so if you don’t need pillows strapped to the bottom of your feet to run a marathon (like me), then these could possibly be distance shoes for you!
From the New Balance website:
REVlite foam in the midsole cushioning helps energize each step while the sleek, bootie-like design wraps your foot like a second skin. Everything you need for speed is here and nothing you don’t, removing every obstacle in your way to your next personal best.
- Awarded “Best Debut” by Runner’s World magazine
- Weight: 6.5 oz
- 6 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 6 mm drop are approximate
- Bootie construction
- Deconstructed heel counter
- No-sew material application
- Podular blown rubber outsole
- REVlite midsole foam
The weight and the drop are basically the same for both the Zante and the Vazee Pace but after trying both styles, I have to say that I prefer the feel of the Vazee Pace. They are both comfortable but the Vazee Pace feel more like a shoe to me (if that makes any sense) whereas the Zante feel more sock-like.
The REVlite midsole foam, along with the shape and construction of the Vazee Pace make me feel more stable and supported even though they are such a light shoe. I will continue to use these for any runs under 10 miles. They are very flexible and responsive making them great for track work, intervals and tempo runs. I think they’d make great racing shoes too and will probably be my go-to choice for 5k or 10k races. I literally feel like I’m flying in these without the fear of breaking my ankles. Thanks to the bootie construction, they hug my feet really well but at the same time, have a cozy enough toe box that allows for some wiggle room and swelling (thank you marathon training). I have super narrow feet though so I’m not the best person to trust when it comes to talking about roomy toe boxes. Every pair of shoes I own has a roomy toe box!
In terms of sizing, I take an 8.5 in most of my running shoes and the Vazee Pace were no exception.
They are pretty sweet shoes but I would eventually like to venture out and try a more supportive New Balance shoe that I could possibly use on longer runs. Though the Zante and Vazee Pace are different shoes, I wear them for the same types of runs because of how light they are. I guess this means I just need more shoes, hey? 😉
Hope you have a great weekend!