Hailed as a cushioned running shoe, the New Balance 1080v5 have a lot to deliver on. The first thing you might notice is how light they feel when you pick them up. They weigh in at 258g (for the women's version),which makes them feel light on your feet.
They pack in a lot of technology for a trainer. Sliding your foot in, it is hard to ignore the comfort factor. The feeling of New Balance’s foam is noticeable, as is the N2 cushioning. These two ingredients, mixed together make the trainer soft, yet firm, cushioned, yet flexible. The foam really helps cushion the sole of your foot when running, as well as absorbing any shocks from the pavement.
By design, cushioned style running shoes have a softer midsole, and these have a lot of support in the heel. So depending on how you run will determine if these are the shoes for you or not.
These suited my running style quite well and I found the level of support held up mile after mile. The uppers have a really breathable mesh that allows sweat out and cool air in, which helps keep your feet feeling fresh and dry.
The asymmetrical heel counter helps offer good heel support, with the insole offering decent arch support. These are definitely made for those who run with a heel strike other than a forefoot strike.
The bottom of the trainers looks like a maze of interconnected hexagons. However New Balance came up with this design, it works. The grooves, the dips and the shapes all work harmoniously together to ensure you have a smooth run. I ran over gravel, stones and streets in these and the cushioning is fantastic.
The fit of the shoe is a little narrow. If you have wider feet, then these are not for you. They lace up well and in no way feel like they are going to slip off, allowing for maximum support. The shoes have a removable insole, but it does help with softening heel strikes.
The uppers are mostly made of fused mesh overlays, which does make them airy and adds to the lightness of the shoes. Not to mention it looks great!
Overall, it is a good trainer with a decent price tag. They are like running on air, in that you will be cushioned from heel strikes and they give decent support. Designed as a heel striking trainer, they do the job well.
The New Balance Vazee Pace are a pair of trainers that I am quite looking forward to testing out. The forefoot support seems perfect and just where my feet strike - they are claimed responsive with light foam that helps energise every stride. It certainly is a neutral cushioned shoe without a large loaded heel. The neutral running shoe is designed for your foot to run in a more natural position. We are not going to fix the topic of correct running position, heel strikes or toe strikes right now but let’s assume for now that the better and correct and appropriate way to run is the mid part of the foot striking the ground first.
The first test run for the trainers is a 10k with a few flights of stairs thrown in at the end for good measure. The shoes have enough cushioning to allow you to strike the floor taking the sting out of the impact, but they are responsive enough to get the natural feel from the tarmac. Another very good thing about these shoes is the width of them. If you are used to something a little roomier than the typical running shoe then these are for you. You may want to order a size up as they do come in a little small in length, but these shoes are not restrictive at all.
When it comes to climbing up steps, the shoes are light enough not to get in the way of your stride. The cushioning is limited and the grip is very effective.
The New Balance Vazee Pace trainers are a fantastic pair of running shoes which are cleverly designed and provide an excellent amount of support for the seasoned runner. The cushioning is comfortable and they boast a generous width so as not to restrict your feet. For a more detailed analysis, have a watch of our video below.