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The Vongo is a relatively new shoe in the New Balance lineup; it is a cushioned shoe that provides light stability. It has a 4 mm drop and retails for $134.95.
When I was told I’d be receiving the New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2 for review, I’ll be completely honest, I didn’t even believe it was a real shoe. I believe my statement was, “Vongo? That sounds like a made-up word.” I have a long, well-documented history of struggling to find the right shoe and had come to a place of sheer cynicism. By this point I believed there was no right shoe for me, so I went into this process fully expecting to dislike this shoe with a fake-o name.
So how did it come to be that the New Balance Vongo was chosen for my finicky feet? I said that I wanted a shoe that provided some stability, was cushioned but not too soft, and had a lower drop. I also requested it not be too heavy or bulky. Not too much to ask, right?