The New Balance Fresh Foam X Vongo v6 has been completely redesigned from the bottom up.
The bottom layer of the dual-layer midsole features a firm foam to create a stiff platform to push off from. Above that is a thin, rigid, plate-shaped EVA film to keep the shoe steady despite overpronation (the excessive inward rolling of a runner’s foot). Topping it off is a supremely soft layer of New Balance’s proprietary Fresh Foam X foam, adding a hefty dose of plush cushioning right underfoot for a comfortable ride. The result is a balanced feel that straddles the line between firm and soft, making this a shoe that both neutral and stability runners can enjoy.
“As a neutral runner, some stability shoes leave me with aches and pains after a while. Not so with the Vongo v6,” says Nate. “I was really impressed by the smooth, accommodating ride. It provides a touch of guidance without feeling that stiffness or harshness that used to be a hallmark of the stability category.”
“The Vongo v6 is a very agreeable stability shoe, thanks to the subtle stability and overall slim profile,” Max says.
This new stability technology replaces the older, more traditional medial post system we saw in the Vongo v5. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as more and more brands are moving away from motion-controlling posts and toward innovative technology that moves with your feet rather than against.