Review by Zack Russell
The shoe felt extremely light on my feet and has a sock like upper. It is a bootie construction design, made of a breathable mesh that is very thin in the forefoot area. In the mid- and rear-foot the no-sew overlays hug the arch to secure the foot without being too tight. During my runs, I never felt any sort of slipping in the mid-foot, which was appreciated.
The midsole is composed of the New Balance Fresh Foam technology, just like the Boracay. It features a more aggressive toe spring, which I appreciated as more of a mid-foot/fore-foot runner. I felt as though I was being propelled forward rather than having to work much harder to run faster on my mid-foot. The outsole is composed of 100% blown rubber that runs along the entire bottom of the shoe. This outsole provided me with a smooth transition from the mid-foot strike to the toe off.
With the few runs I have made in this shoe, I have come to appreciate the Fresh Foam technology and the toe spring that they have added with the Zante. I would recommend this shoe to any runner with a mid-foot strike and look for a shoe for shorter distances and faster paced runs. It could also be a great tool for someone who wants to get away from landing so hard on their heel. The Zante and Boracay have been big improvements for the New Balance line and I look forward to seeing what more they have to offer in the future.