New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Review

Before I start, I wanted to let you all know that New Balance is holding their June New Balance Girls Night Out event on Thursday, June 11th at 6pm at the New Balance store on Boylston Street in Boston. If you’re interested in attending (I’ll be there too!) make sure you RSVP. These events fill up FAST!


At last month’s NBGNO, I was lucky enough to receive one of New Balance’s latest iterations of their Fresh Foam line, the Fresh Foam Zante. This neutral, cushioned running shoe is lightweight at 6.4 oz and has a 6mm drop.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante

As one who is particular about running shoes, I was excited to try out the Zante and get a good feel for the Fresh Foam again. I tried the Fresh Foam 980’s over a year ago, and while I liked them for everyday walking and boot camp classes, I didn’t love them for running. But even after putting them on my feet for the first time, the Zante’s felt different. They were lighter and had a much better transition from heel to toe. I was excited to take them for a spin.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Review

After about a month of having the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante running shoes, I have officially added them into my running shoe rotation! The first time I ran in them, they definitely felt a bit stiff. The foam felt comfortable, but also a little too cushioned in the midsole on my high arches. But after that run, the cushioning began to mold to my feet and began to feel really comfortable. The shoe is also great for people like me who have narrow feet. The uppers wrapped really nicely and felt like they were one with my feet. No slipping or sliding. They ride like a breeze. The transition from heel to toe is really smooth and fast. I actually ran my first 4 miles in them at an 8:30 min/mile pace with little effort. They were super light weight and never felt clunky, which I always kind of felt with the original Fresh Foam 980’s. They reminded me a lot of my Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 5s which I adore. I haven’t taken them on any runs longer than 5 miles, but they performed just as well on the treadmill as they do outside. They’re also offered in some super fun, bright colors.

A neon Monday morning 🌸🏃🏼

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Final verdict

If you’re looking for a lightweight, neutral shoe with a zippy, fast ride, check out the Fresh Foam Zante. I’m not 100% sure if the shoe will hold up to long distance, but only time and use will tell that story. These do run small so I would suggest ordering .5 – 1 size up from what you wear now.



*New Balance gifted me the Fresh Foam Zante running shoe. I decided to review the shoe because I enjoy it and want to share my experience. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.