Women's Vanguard

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Brooks Vanguard Women's Vintage Running Shoes

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$55.00 $55.00 - $84.99

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.


> See the Men's Vanguard


> Learn more about the Brooks Heritage Collection


Variations

  • Color: 043

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Vanguard
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (20)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Stylish (4)
  • Arch support (3)
  • Cushions impact (3)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (3)

Best Uses

  • Walking (13)
  • Work (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      79% 

      (19 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      87% 

      (20 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (18), High arch (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (9), Enthusiast (9), Gym rat (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

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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5.0

Perfect casual shoe!

By Tri*Nat

from Washington State

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Arch Support
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vanguard:

      I am not a flat-shoe wearing individual, but I love these shoes paired with a pair of cuffed, crop jeans & nice t-shirt!

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

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      5.0

      For me, these are the best.

      By Happy City Walker

      from Los Angeles, California

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Traction

      Best Uses

      • Walking

      Comments about Vanguard:

      I'm buying my second pair. I wore the first pair out on a six month trip to Europe. The shoes held up wonderfully. They are still wearable, but they look a hot mess from too many muddy walks. These are high quality shoes.

      I don't think I would have survived the cobble stone streets without them. It wasn't out of the ordinary for me to walk 8 miles or more in a day, several days out of the week. The shoes are really comfortable with plenty of cushion. I do use insoles, but that speaks more to my wonky feet and less to the support of these shoes. I had no fit issues, but then again, I have fairly narrow feet.

      I'm super glad to have a stylish shoe that I'm not embarrassed to wear about town that offers me cushioning and support. Yay! Oh! and they make my super big (size 11) feet look less clownish, one might even say reasonably sized.

      • 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

      slightly small

      By Stacy

      from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vanguard:

            Buy half size larger than your brooks running shoes.

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

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            5.0

            LOVE these shoes!

            By Violet

            from Seattle

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vanguard:

                I got these shoes to replace my Chuck Taylors...because lets face it...those shoes look cool but are not comfortable. ;) The Brooks Vanguard has a hip retro look and the shoes are SO comfortable. I love them!

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                5.0

                Brooks Vanguard

                By Riverrat

                from Providence, Rhode Island

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Lightweight
                • Wear To Run Errands

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Walking
                  • Work

                  Comments about Vanguard:

                  I wear these to work on dress down day with jeans and to do daily shopping.

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

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