I was intrigued by the Vazee Pace from New Balance – part old school running shoe part new school technology. Combine that with neon yellow – and I’m in.
The Vazee Pace is billed as a “neutral cushioning” shoe, but I disagree. I actually think the benefit of the Vazee Pace is in it’s lack of cushioning. It has a stiffer sole which gives it excellent recoil and spring, but does leave it with a firmer feel under foot. The Pace has a “bootie” construction, which means the tongue is attached to the rest of the upper. This makes it feel snug and almost sock-like. It offers a 6mm drop and weighs in around 6.5oz – definitely a lightweight trainer.
I find this shoe to be perfect for tempo runs – middle distance speed workouts which benefit from the springiness of the shoe. I find it to be too firm for long runs and not quite minimal enough for track workouts.