Review: New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2

The Vongo came out last year and was the first stability shoe in New Balance’s Fresh Foam line. It’s still the only one, but the v2 has made considerable all around changes, for the better.

The midsole has softened just a little bit, but more importantly has rectified the feeling of a sharp angle outwards. The shoe now feels a lot more balanced and stable. The cushion is still firm, reminding me a lot of the Hoka Conquest, with rubber integrated into the EVA foam. Honestly, this shoe is awesome for heavier runners who need a little support.

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The underfoot feel of the Vongo v2 feels significantly more stable and even than its predecessor.

The upper is a fairly average width and rather warm. It’s pretty plush throughout, and the tightly-weaved knit has layers underneath. The underlays are there to grip the foot and keep it in place though, so they are serving a purpose.

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The several-layered mesh is rather warm, but the width of the upper should fit most runners.

The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2 is a very solid shoe for a variety of runners. I think it’s a tad overpriced at $135, but if you like everything you’ve heard so far and don’t mind the price, I’d say give it a go.

Score: 7.5/10

Comparable models: Adidas Supernova ST, Brooks Ravenna 8

New Balance Men’s Vongo V2

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