Women's Vanguard

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Brooks Vanguard Women's Vintage Running Shoes

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Style #120159

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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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Vanguard
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (14)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Stylish (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Walking (9)
    • Work (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        76% 

        (13 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        88% 

        (15 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Arch Type:
      • Average arch (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (7), Enthusiast (6), Gym rat (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    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

     

    Good Looking but Runs Small...

    I thought this was a great looking shoe but I wear a size 11M and this was a full size too small - it ran very short and it seemed a tad narrow as...Read complete review

    I thought this was a great looking shoe but I wear a size 11M and this was a full size too small - it ran very short and it seemed a tad narrow as well. I really like the style so I may try the men's version of this shoe.

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    4.0

    Stylish casual shoe

    By LizMomma

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Gym Rat

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Walking

      Comments about Vanguard:

      I bought these shoes in the Vanguard gray and they are super stylish and go with everything. I wanted a sporty shoe that I could run errands in, take my kid to the park, and walk in. I wear them with skinny jeans, leggings, shorts, etc. They're not as cushioned and sturdy as some other running shoes, so they wouldn't be my first pick to run on the concrete with. However, they are great for a more casual shoe for low impact. Love the retro look.

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

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      3.0

      Good Looking but Runs Small...

      By Shoe Junkie

      from Omaha, NE

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Runs small

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vanguard:

        I thought this was a great looking shoe but I wear a size 11M and this was a full size too small - it ran very short and it seemed a tad narrow as well. I really like the style so I may try the men's version of this shoe.

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

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        5.0

        Love this shoe!

        By bike-ski-hike

        from Concord, NH

        Pros

        • Comfortable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vanguard:

            I use this as a casual shoe but it is very supportive, I was able to take out the insole and use my own orthodics. I have narrow feet and they fit me fine. They look and feel great, no breaking in period, comfortable as soon as I stepped into the shoe. I may have to buy another pair in a different color!

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

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            4.0

            Fun retro sneaker

            By bartzsy

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight
            • Stylish

            Cons

            • Expensive
            • Narrow / Tight

            Best Uses

            • Casualeveryday

            Comments about Vanguard:

            This is my first pair of Brooks shoes. I saw them in a magazine and was enamored with their retro look. I purchased them for casual every day wear,not for exercise. The shoe itself seems true to length, but quite narrow compared to other common sneaker brands. The shoe is very lightweight, leaving the perception that the value/price proposition is not there (i.e. the shoe is quite expensive for what you get). The shoe bends easily and is comfortable for casual use.

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

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            4.0

            Super Stylish

            By Soap

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Traction
            • Stylish

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Walking
              • Work

              Comments about Vanguard:

              These shoes are my "play shoes." The style isn't what I prefer for working out, but they make a great in-between shoe for walking around the city, hanging out at the park, etc. They look great with workout clothes!

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

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