Women's Vanguard Heritage

Women's Vanguard Heritage

$74.99

Style #120159

Originally introduced in 1976, the Brooks Vanguard captures the essence of the 1970's running boom utilizing clean design lines, rich aesthetic, and classic styling with an iconic T-toe. The Vanguard features a real pigskin upper, as well as Brooks iconic Octopi outsole for traction, which has been recreated along with a pebbled Chevron and heel tab for opulence. The Vanguard is the signature shoe in the Spring 2014 launch as it embodies the running past and fashion-forward approach the Heritage collection defines itself by.

Please note: The Vanguard pays tribute to its original design, but this modern refresh is not a performance running shoe. As everyday kicks, you may wish to choose a half size smaller than your Brooks running shoes.


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100 Year History

The Brooks Heritage Collection celebrates our rich running history by paying tribute to the classic footwear models that catapulted us into the running boom of the 1970s. This specially curated collection has evolved season over season, weaving together style and technology to encompass decades of progress building the best gear for runners.

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Vanguard
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (65)
  • Lightweight (60)
  • Cushions impact (33)
  • Good traction (21)
  • Durable (20)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (5)
  • Poor arch support (5)

Best Uses

  • Walking (53)
  • Work (27)
  • Dry conditions (22)
  • Gym (5)
  • With orthotics/inserts (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      84% 

      (59 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      93% 

      (63 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (61), Low arch (4), High arch (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (38), Enthusiast (18), Gym rat (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Form & Function

I ordered the bright blue color - and they are beauties! I have a super neutral wardrobe and wanted a "fun" pair of tennies. I am an avid runner but wanted...Read complete review

I ordered the bright blue color - and they are beauties! I have a super neutral wardrobe and wanted a "fun" pair of tennies. I am an avid runner but wanted something more casual/stylish to wear to work and out and about. I stuck with my normal shoe size and ordered the 7.5 - I have been wearing thin, low-rise socks and they fit great. After the first two wears, I had a little rubbing at the top of the heel and on the top of my foot under the tongue, but they're perfectly comfortable now. I've only had them a couple weeks so I cannot speak to their durability or support while training/running. For casual everyday wear, the support is great and they arrived in just two days' time.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A note about apricot ...

This review is specific to the apricot color: the stitching on the inside around the "t" is rough and rubs the tops of my toes. With this shoe I wear a...Read complete review

This review is specific to the apricot color: the stitching on the inside around the "t" is rough and rubs the tops of my toes. With this shoe I wear a thin sock liner, so back they will go. I will say, I also have this shoe in the grey/white and it is the MOST comfortable shoe for everyday wear and looks great with jeans or sporty skirts. The sole does show wear quickly, but that doesn't seem to affect the cushion inside after 1 year.

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5.0

Awesome urban commuting shoe!

By 

from Washington DC

About Me Gym Rat

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Good Arch Support
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Walking

    Comments about Vanguard:

    I love these shoes! I was looking for a shoe that could be stylish enough for walking around town and into the office, but still comfortable enough to cover 20+ blocks with a heavy bag. (I had given up on cute casual sneakers with no arch support.) These more than met my expectations. They combine the comfort of Brooks running shoes and work remarkably well with a dress or suit! The gold/taupe combination provides just the right amount of flash without being too shiny. I also think they will wear well enough, without showing the dirt. I am still blissfully excited about these shoes, so no complaints yet.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch

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    4.0

    love my Brooks

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    By 

    from La Grande, Oregon

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Too Stiff

    Best Uses

    • Walking

    Comments about Vanguard:

    These were my 4th and 5th pair of Brooks, since I purchased 2 pairs of these, each a different color, I love the red, bright and bold!

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Super cute!

    By 

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Gym Rat

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual
      • Dry Weather
      • Walking

      Comments about Vanguard:

      I actually bought these sneakers in the gray/blue combo for casual wear, not for running. I'd seen Anthropologie selling these a year or so ago, and they've been on my wishlist ever since. I'm in love. I rarely ever buy sneakers for casual wear - for running only, and wear other shoes for work/casual. But, these sneakers are actually super stylish. Wearing with shorts or jeans, they're really comfortable (and helped convince me my running sneakers now need replacing!) right out of the box, and I've gotten many compliments on them. True to size - would not size up, as I do with running sneakers. They will need weather treating, however, as suede looks vulnerable to water/weather.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect every-day shoes!

      By 

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Walking
        • Work

        Comments about Vanguard:

        I work in Recreation and in a Gym, so active-wear is my uniform. I used to wear retired running shoes for my walking commute and at work, but wanted something more professional and stylish. These shoes are perfect for the commute (I walk about 4 miles a day to/from work and school), and for standing and moving around all day at work. They are so comfortable and youthful while also looking sleek and stylish!

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        An oldie but a goodie!

        By 

        from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Durable
        • Good Arch Support
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dry Weather
          • Walking
          • Work

          Comments about Vanguard:

          I like to walk on a daily basis & with these beauties so far so good! They remain comfortable & supportive & I love the retro style!

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Vintage Class, it's Fab

          By 

          from Indiana

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Stability

          Best Uses

          • Dry Weather
          • Work

          Comments about Vanguard:

          I wear these for work (standing, fast food) and they are stylish but subtle and work for what need but I don't think they will last very long.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent!!!

          By 

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Rarely Work Out

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Durable
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dry Weather
            • Walking

            Comments about Vanguard:

            Love this shoe!!! Comfortable, fits great, and looks stylish!!! I Definitely recommend!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Love them!!

            By 

            from Lewisburg, Pa

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dry Weather
              • Gym
              • Walking

              Comments about Vanguard:

              Love these shoes!

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Love these retro sneakers

              By 

              from Hopkinsville,KY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Durable
              • Good Arch Support
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Dry Weather
                • Work

                Comments about Vanguard:

                I wear these as everyday casual shoes.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Good and stylish

                By 

                from albuquerque, nm

                About Me Gym Rat

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Good Traction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vanguard:

                    This is a great shoe just to be comfortable while looking stylish. I'd order a 1/2 size up if I were you!

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels half size too small
                    • Width:
                    • Feels too narrow
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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