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Fresh Foam Zante Review

I purchased the Fresh Foam Zante shoe from the New Balance store in Center City last week. I ran in them for 5 miles on Friday and I was not immediately in love with them. I remember when I got my first pair of the Fresh Foam 980 when they came out. I knew right away that I was going to buy another pair.

New Balance has made a bunch of changes to the Fresh Foams there are now the Fresh Foam Zante and the Fresh Foam Boracay. The salesperson told me the Zante are more of a running exclusive shoe and the Boracay are all inclusive fitness type show. When I first saw the new exterior I was happy with the detailing near the toe because it looks like I wont have an issue with my big toe nail popping out like I have on my other two Fresh Foam 980s. However that very detailing drove me nuts around mile 4 of my first time running in them. I could feel it rubbing across the top of my toe nails. I tried re-lacing the tops holes of the shoes to get some relief.

When I went to try these on I asked for a half size larger. This version was much tighter then the original so there is no way I could have comfortable ran in a 7.5 size. There were several colors to choose from so I sent a picture to my husband and let him pick for me. I'm not really a pink girl but the pink with the grey looks really fresh.

I ran in the Zante's again yesterday and they felt better. I am hoping now that I left the top two hole unlaced that it will correct the rubbing issue. These shoes will not be my long run shoes and I am thankful for that because I honestly do not see them going the distance. I bought these shoes primarily for my paved path runs which are normally between 3-12 miles. I am pretty bummed because I really enjoyed running in my other Fresh Foams and I had high hopes for this new version. I will keep everyone posted if my opinion on the shoe changes after a few weeks of running in them several times a week.


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