On opening the box with New Balance Vazee Rush running 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 say that these shoes are good outdoor running shoes, as well as indoor running trainers making them perfect for an autumn/winter choice. Having worn the trainers in both scenarios for a few weeks, I can confirm they are excellent crossover trainers.
The shoes themselves are incredibly lightweight, weighing in at 181g, which means you barely notice you have anything on your feet. In terms of support, there is a lot to explore. The design has a deconstructed heel which gives excellent support when your foot strikes the ground. The sole has “pods” which are supposed to help provide traction when you run. I found that these work really well and when I ran in the rain, the grip was fantastic.
The Vazee Rush running trainers have a mid-foot wrap which is supposed to “hug” the foot arch for better support. It actually does more than that and 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 that your feet get the maximum support that the shoes are designed to give.
Running outside felt like a breeze: everything about the trainers is 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 made me feel like I could keep going forever.
They also perform very well as indoor trainers. The lightness of them makes them a perfect gym shoe where you get really sweaty.
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. The RRP is £85, but they are now retailing on the New Balance website at £42.