Boy is that a long shoe name?
New Balance is one of the few brands I don’t have much experience with running. I’ve walked around in both the 880 and the 1080 but never run in either. To be honest, the Fresh Foam Zante caught my eye when it came out in Rose Gold. I finally decided to give New Balance a fair shot in my rotation.
New Balance is not paying me, and I purchased these shoes. Remember what works for me might not work for you.
The Fit: These days, I have been favoring a size ten wide. Many people associate New Balance with wider shoes. However, many of their current styles are no wider than other brands.
The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante fits more narrow than many current New Balance models. I typically wear a size ten wide, and I found 10.5 to be the best fit.
The Ride: The Fresh Foam Zante uses the newest material from New Balance…you guessed it, Fresh Foam…
The New Balance Fresh Foam is lightweight but soft. It’s a softer brand and also a lot less cushion than I’m used too. The technology in the foam makes this one of the softer shoes I’ve tried.
The sole of the shoe is flat. This allows the shoe to be useful for speed or racing because you are lower to the ground. Even with more contact, your feet are supported.
For me, I’m using the Zante for speed work and shorter runs. It doesn’t have enough cushion that I would be comfortable doing a long run in.
Summary: I like the shoe, and it’s a great lightweight or racing option. It’s not a shoe that I would train heavy miles in but it’s ideal for racing or speed work.
Questions for you:
What is your favorite running shoe?
Do you have different shoes for different runs? (You should)