Disclaimer: I received these shoes for free for attending the Sport Chek Sherway Gardens launch/testing of the new NB Stride ID Lab
Welcome back to my #YourBetterStartsHere series (part 1 and 2) with Sport Chek Sherway Gardens! To end off my series, I’ll be reviewing the pair of shoes that were fitted from my at the New Balance Stride ID Lab where my feet were scanned and analyzed alongside with my gait. With that information, I was provided with the New Balance Vazee Prism as the shoe for me. To thank you all for being so supportive of my partnership, I’ve teamed up with New Balance Canada to giveaway a pair of New Balanced kicks! More information at the end of this post.
Approximately a month and a half ago, I revived a pair of the New Balance Vazee Prism in the mail after being fitted to them after using the New Balance Stride ID. The first thing I noticed about these shoes were how bright and vibrant they were! Whenever I wore them out, there was always someone who commented on the eye-catching pink. Once a week, I wore the Vazee Prisms on my easy runs to try and get a good feel of them. I would say I wore them for around 5-6 runs, between 5-10K for each run.
The Specs (from New Balance)
- For stability and motion control
- 8mm drop
- 8.3 ounces
Right away I noticed that the Vazee Prism was slightly different from most stability shoes. While a lot of stability shoes in my experience has been on the more stiff side due to its stability feature, the Vazee Prism still managed to be more flexible than its stability counterparts.
When testing out the shoe and pressing down on the front of the toe box area with my foot, I could feel how responsive the foam/sole was as just as quickly as I pushed down, it bounced right back.
The sole uses New Balance’s Rev Lite foam technology. The foam, while feeling firm, still haves enough cushioning to be comfortable on longer runs. There’s also ample cushioning on the heel portion of the shoe which I find to be extremely comfortable as a heel striker.
To my knowledge, the Vazee Prism has a slightly bigger toe box which I liked as it gave my toes a wee bit more room. In addition, this shoe couldn’t have come at a better time as the heat wave that we just endured was pretty brutal. Luckily, the Vazee Prism were designed with increased breathability in mind. The Vazee Prism has an open mesh design covers majority of the upper and the no-sew upper feature reduces irritation while helping with holding the foot in place.
Overall, I really enjoyed the New Balance Vazee Prisms. I really think that New Balance has stepped up the shoe design with stability shoes – gone are the old days of plain boring white chunky stability shoes. The Vazee Prisms are sleek, vibrant, and most importantly comfortable without sacrificing cushioning.
Okay, so now that you’ve read all about it…how about getting your own pair!? New Balance Canada and I are teaming up to giveaway a pair of Vazee Prism (or your shoe of choice if you’re not a stability shoe person) to one lucky Canadian!
Have you tried the New Balance Vazee Prism? What shoe are you currently running in?
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