On opening the box with New Balance’s Vazee Rush trainers inside, I am first of all struck by the vibrancy of the colour (purple with flame orange). They look stunning and visually they are very grabbing. New Balance make a lot of claims on these trainers, and testing them out was a lot of fun.
The first thing to note is the claim that the shoe is a good outdoor running shoe, as well as an indoor running trainer. Making it perfect for an autumn/winter choice. It can be used outdoors, if the weather allows, and indoors, should we wish to train in the warmth. Having worn the trainer in both scenarios for a few weeks, I can confirm it is an excellent crossover trainer.
The trainers themselves are incredibly lightweight, weighing in at 181 grams. You barely notice you have anything on your feet. In terms of support, there is a lot to look at. The design has a deconstructed heel which gives excellent support when you hit the ground, literally, running. The sole has “pods” which are supposed to help provide traction when you run. These work really well. In fact, my first run was in the rain, and the grip was instant.
The second point is the fit. The Vazee have a mid-foot wrap that is supposed to “hug” my foot arch for better support. It does more than that and really provides great lateral support. The shoes are true to size, as long as you don't plan to wear thick socks. They are snug, but that is the design, so your feet get the maximum support that the shoes are designed to give.
Running outside felt like a breeze. Everything about the trainers are designed to make it feel fun to run. I have trialled them in wet and dry conditions and found them to feel secure, supportive and very easy on my legs. Mile after mile, they just kept me feeling like I could keep going, and that says a lot.
Inside they preform really well too. The lightness of them makes them a perfect gym shoe where you get really sweaty. No-one wants anything heavy on your feet when on a treadmill. They hit the ground almost silently, and the midsole REVlite foam takes the impact perfectly.
Overall, these are an excellent mid price point shoe. Great for those looking to upgrade their footwear from beginner, or those needing a crossover shoe that works as well inside as outside. At £85, the price can’t really be quibbled over.