Women's Vanguard

Brooks Vanguard Women's Vintage Running Shoes

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$84.99 $55.00

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.


> See the Men's Vanguard


> Learn more about the Brooks Heritage Collection


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Vanguard
 
4.5

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (27)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Cushions impact (9)
  • Arch support (6)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (4)

Best Uses

  • Walking (19)
  • Work (9)
  • Dry conditions (6)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      80% 

      (24 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      89% 

      (25 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (24), High arch (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (13), Enthusiast (11), Gym rat (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love the Casual Stylish Retro Shoe

I too bought the shoes thinking they would be red. I was disappointed with the dusty pink but still liked them enough to keep them. Initially they felt kind of lightweight and cheap for...Read complete review

I too bought the shoes thinking they would be red. I was disappointed with the dusty pink but still liked them enough to keep them. Initially they felt kind of lightweight and cheap for the price, but they've been great. I do appreciate light weight feel and comfty sole. I also LOVE the retro style and having a cute suede shoe from Brooks to wear around when I'm not running. I hope Brooks continues to offer retro casual wear shoes.

I normally wear a 7 and have somewhat wide feet, so I ordered a 7.5, which ensured I had plenty of toe room. For the record, I saw the film by Bob Anderson called A Long Run (he's the creator of Runner's World) and whenever they showed pictures of the shoe review from the 70s, there were the Brooks that looked like these with the same retro box these come in. I thought that was awesome. Like I said, I hope they keep some of the retro casual apparel/shoe options.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Satisfied

Based on other reviews I sized a half size up, but those were too big so I returned for my usual size. The toes are a bit narrow and the shoe feels a bit...Read complete review

Based on other reviews I sized a half size up, but those were too big so I returned for my usual size. The toes are a bit narrow and the shoe feels a bit tight overall, but I decided to keep them. They are supportive and I love the look of the shoe. I'm just crossing my fingers that they will loosen up with wear.

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4.0

Super comfy shoes.

By CaityK

from PA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Arch Support

Best Uses

  • Walking
  • Work

Comments about Vanguard:

I wear the shoes to work every day. I originally ordered the 7.5 (which is the size I have in an older pair of Brooks, as well as other popular sneakers) and I found these to be a bit too big. The 7 works fine since I put arch supports in (my feet are almost flat so most shoes I wear require them) but I may have even got a 6.5 if not for the insert. I really LOVE the shoes. They are lightweight and cute. Color options are fun. Happy with the quality and with the overall purchase process from Brooks!

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

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5.0

Form & Function

By Katie K

from Omaha, NE

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Good Traction
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Walking
    • Work

    Comments about Vanguard:

    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.

    • 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

    Great every day sneaker!

    By lkruns

    from BIrmingham, MI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Walking
      • Work

      Comments about Vanguard:

      I bought this shoe for use as an every day, around town shoe. Wanted an attractive but comfortable shoe that looks great with jeans or leggings and which I can be comfortable in for hours.. After montha of searching for a shoe that is fashionable but comfortable and not overly athletic looking, I found the perfect shoe in the Vanguard. I have Brooks running shoes as well and love them so I trusted the quality and comfort. I will be back for morw Brooks in the future!

      • 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

      Great every day sneaker!

      By lkruns

      from BIrmingham, MI

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Good Arch Support
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Narrow / Tight

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Walking
      • Work

      Comments about Vanguard:

      I bought this shoe for use as an ever day around town shoe. Wanted an attractive but comfortable shoe that looks great with jeans or leggings and which I can be comfortable in for hours. After montha of searching dor a shoe that is fashionable but comfortable and not overly athletic looking, I found the perfect shoe in the Vanguard. I have Brooks running shoes as well and love them so I trusted the quality and comfort. I will be back for morw Brooks in the future!

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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Love These Shoes!

      By Re Re

      from Pasadena

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vanguard:

          These shoes are stylish, super comfortable and are perfect for walking around town. I bought 2 pair and am glad I did!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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